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Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

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Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

Paneer tikka masala recipe - Very popular Punjabi gravy dish that is available in each every North Indian restaurants. Today I have prepared the Paneer tikka masala restaurant style. It tastes really flavorful and awesome that dear hubby just loved it. His favorite paneer gravies are shahi paneer, matar paneer and this paneer tikka from now.

Paneer tikka is nothing but marinated cottage cheese cubes and veggie pieces are grilled on stove top or in the oven. I have shared both the method here in dry paneer tikka recipe post. Let’s take this little further and make delicious gravy and add this paneer tikka in it. Now it is called paneer tikka masala.

The gravy or sauce or masala whatever you call it is typical Punjabi onion-tomato gravy. It is flavored with different spices. Lastly heavy cream or malai is added which makes it creamy and rich.

Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

Making paneer tikka masala is little lengthy process. So to cut down the time I have not skewer the paneer and veggie pieces like we usually do while making tikka. Instead I cooked them in the non stick pan in single layer. It saves our little time. And we are going to add in the gravy, so we don’t worry for good looking tikka.

While making the tikka I have not added kashmiri chili powder like I do add while making dry paneer tikka. The reason is that dry paneer tikka is served as such as starter, so it should looks appetizing (not dull) and bright. While in this recipe, as I said earlier eventually we are going to add tikka in the delicious and bright looking curry, so no need to make good looking tikka. But if you want you can add kashmiri chili powder in this recipe.

Step by step recipe for paneer tikka masala:

1) First strain the yogurt. Take ¾ cup of yogurt in a cloth, put it in the strainer, keep bowl or jug under the strainer to collect excess water. Keep it in the fridge for about 1 hour and let it drain out.

2) You will get very thick yogurt, take it into a bowl.
Strained thick yogurt

3) Add ginger paste, garlic paste, all the spice powders (red chili powder, garam masala, chaat masala, kasoori methi, coriander powder, turmeric powder), salt and lemon juice.

4) Mix well.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

5) Add cubed paneer and veggie pieces.

6) Mix very gently using your hand, marinade should coat all the pieces. Cover it and keep refrigerated for at least 30-45 minutes and let it marinate. More marination time does not harm.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

7) Now to grill the tikkas, I go ahead for stove top method without using the skewers for this curry to make it quick. But you can make in the oven as well. check out the method in the paneer tikka recipe.

8) Heat the non stick pan on medium heat. add generous amount of oil. oil should coat bottom surface of the pan. Once hot add marinated paneer and veggie in single layer, in single layer, in single layer. You will have to do in batches. Once cooked on bottom, gently flip them and let it get brown on other side as well.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

9) Once done remove it to a plate and keep it aside. You are allowed to snack on while gravy is cooking, :)

10) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

11) Then add chopped onion and sprinkle some salt.

12) Let it get soft and light brown in color.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

13) Add ginger paste and garlic paste.

14) Mix and cook for a minute or till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes away.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

15) Mix in tomato puree.

16) Cook till all the moisture evaporates and oil starts to leave the sides of the pan. do stir in between.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

17) Add cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder.

18) Mix and cook for a minute.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

19) Add 1 cup of water and let the gravy come to a boil. and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Adjust the water quantity as per your liking gravy consistency.

20) Stir in garam masala and kasoori methi.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

21) Add paneer tikka.

22) Mix well.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

23) Lastly add cream.

24) Stir well and it is ready to serve.
Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

– check out more restaurant style paneer gravies
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Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

Here is the paneer tikka masala recipe:

Paneer tikka masala recipe | Restaurant style paneer tikka masala
 
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Paneer tikka masala - marinated cottage cheese and veggies are grilled and simmered in creamy onion-tomato gravy
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Recipe Category: curry, main dish
Cuisine: Punjabi, North Indian
Yield: 2 servings
Ingredients
For Paneer tikka:
  • Paneer - 7 oz (200 grams), cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • Green pepper - ⅓ cup, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • Red pepper - ⅓ cup, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • Onions - ½ cup, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • Yogurt - ⅓ cup of hung or thick curd (¾ cups of yogurt kept in muslin cloth in the strainer will give ⅓ cup of thick yogurt)
  • Ginger paste - 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Garlic paste - 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Red chili powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala - ½ teaspoon
  • Chaat masala - 1 teaspoon
  • Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) - 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - ⅛ teaspoon
  • Salt - to taste
  • Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon
  • Oil - for cooking the tikkas
For gravy:
  • Oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds - ½ teaspoon
  • Onions - 1 cup, finely chopped
  • Ginger paste - ½ teaspoon
  • Garlic paste - ½ teaspoon
  • Tomatoes - 2 medium or 1 ½ cups, pureed
  • Red chili powder - 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder -1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) - 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala - ½ teaspoon
  • Heavy whipping cream or malai - 2 tablespoons
Instructions
Make paneer tikka:
  1. Take thick yogurt in a bowl ,add all the marinade ingredients except paneer, onions and peppers. Mix well.
  2. Now add paneer and veggies. Mix gently and coat all the pieces with marinade.
  3. Cover it and let it marinade for at least 30-45 minutes. More the better.
  4. Heat the generous amount of oil in a wide pan. Once hot, arrange tikka pieces in single layer. Cook on one side, flip and cook other side till it get light brown. You might have to do it in batches.
  5. Remove it to a plate and keep it aside. You can cook the tikka in oven as well.
Make the gravy:
  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat, once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  2. Then mix in chopped onions, sprinkle some salt to speed up the process. Cook till onions are soft and light brown.
  3. Saute ginger paste and garlic paste for a minute.
  4. Then mix in tomato puree and cook till all the moisture evaporates and oil starts to ooze out.
  5. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and red chili powder. Mix and cook for a minute.
  6. Add water to make gravy consistency and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Then stir in garam masala and kasoori methi.
  8. Add cooked paneer tikka, stir.
  9. Lastly mix in cream and turn off the stove.
Additional Info
Taste – medium spicy

Shelf life – Once cools completely, it can be refrigerated for 3-4 days in airtight container.

Serving suggestions – Serve with roti or paratha or naan. It can be served with rice as well.


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  • NIRAV August 5, 2014, 1:55 pm

    Wonderful recipe I just loved it and I will definitely make it this weekend. Thanks, please share kaju koya recipe when you get a chance.
    thanks once again

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    • Kanan August 5, 2014, 3:05 pm

      Hope you enjoy it this weekend. I have already listed your request in my to do list :)

      Reply
  • Homeopathy treatment April 11, 2014, 1:00 pm

    look really yummyyyyyyyy

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  • Pravina Parikh February 26, 2014, 1:08 am

    Thank you for posting yummy mouth watering recipe

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  • shona January 16, 2014, 10:29 am

    hiii thnx to ur recipes it is really very good one i had tried yesterday and all had loved this recipe thnkuuu veryy much

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    • Kanan January 16, 2014, 1:28 pm

      very glad to know.

      Reply
  • anupama balachandran March 4, 2013, 8:36 am

    mouthwatering recipe

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    • Kanan March 4, 2013, 5:35 pm

      Thanks Anupama.

      Reply
      • Anonymous March 7, 2013, 7:29 am

        i tried this recipe yesterday night for dinner .. though i dint use certain ingredients like cream and fengrueek but still it came out so well.. thanks for dis recipe…

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        • Kanan March 7, 2013, 7:43 pm

          Thanks for the feedback. It will help other readers.

          Reply
  • MSAK February 11, 2013, 3:51 am

    I tried out paneer tikka masala …it was really mouth watering… loved the gravy :)
    Thanks for sharing ur recipe… Any suggestion how to make it low fat( substitute for heavy cream if any) so that I can eat it more often without feeling guilty :D and without compromising the taste :)

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    • Kanan February 12, 2013, 2:59 am

      Thanks for your feedback.
      – Yes you can make it low fat by adding milk in gravy and skip heavy cream. you might have to use bit more milk.
      – You can substitute heavy cream with half n half or evaporated milk or light cream.

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  • swati December 15, 2012, 1:48 pm

    very nice recipe…will try definitely

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    • Kanan December 15, 2012, 2:20 pm

      Thanks. Do try it and let us know your feedback. :)

      Reply
  • suhani September 1, 2012, 5:47 pm

    hi Kanan..i made this recipe yesterday and it was so tasty..my friends were wondering what exactly is done to paneer pieces..they seem so juicy..i told them the whole recipe and was applauded for the good work..thanks for sharing the recipe..

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    • Kanan Patel September 4, 2012, 1:31 pm

      Hi Suhani, I am glad that everyone liked it. I can imagine how happy you were when you were applauded for your cooking.

      Reply