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Paneer Tikka Masala

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It is very popular curry in India. It is simple to cook and very flavorful. I made paneer tikka on stove top for this curry and it tasted very good. My family enjoyed this dish with Naan very much. My husband love paneer curries like shahi paneer, paneer butter masala, mutter paneer, Kadai paneer. This tastes like restaurant style paneer tikka masala. So let’s see how to make it.


Enjoy, everyone!

Here’s the handy dandy printable:

Paneer Tikka Masala
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Yield: 2
  • For Marinade –
  • Paneer – 7 oz (200 grams), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Green pepper (Capsicum) – 1 medium, cubed
  • Thick yogurt – ½ cup
  • Ginger paste – 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Garlic paste – 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • For Gravy –
  • Oil – 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Onion – 1 ¼ cup or 2 medium, finely chopped or food processed
  • Ginger paste – ½ teaspoon
  • Garlic paste – ½ teaspoon
  • Tomatoes – 1 ½ medium, pureed roughly or 1 cup purred
  • Red chili powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder – ⅛ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Tomato puree (store bought) – 2 tablespoons, optional
  • Cilantro – 1 tablespoon, chopped finely
  • Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) – ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
  • Heavy whipping cream (Malai) – 2 tablespoons
  1. Take yogurt, ginger paste, garlic paste, red chili powder, garam masala, salt and lemon juice in a bowl. Mix well for marinade.
  2. Add paneer cubes and coat well with marinade. Be gentle, we don’t want to break paneer cubes.
  3. Add green pepper and coat well. Keep in refrigerator to marinate for ½ hour.
  4. Mean while prepare all ingredients for gravy. Chop onions finely or use food processor. And puree the tomatoes roughly.
  5. Heat the 2 tablespoons oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle.
  6. Then add onions. Mix well. Cook till raw smells goes away and onions becomes brown.
  7. Then add ginger paste and garlic paste. Mix well and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add pureed tomatoes and salt. Mix well. Cook till all moisture from tomato goes away.
  9. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder. Mix well.
  10. Add tomato puree and ¼ cup of water. Mix well. Cook till oil separates from the sides.
  11. Then add cilantro, Kasoori methi, garam masala. Mix well.
  12. Add heavy cream and water (as needed). Mix well. Let it come to a boil. And turn off the stove.
  13. Now make tikkas. Heat the oil in a pan. Once hot arrange marinated paneer and capsicum in a single layer. You may have to cook in batches.
  14. Let it cook on one side till it is browned. The gently flip it and cook on other side.
  15. Just before serving add paneer tikkas in to gravy. Mix it well. And serve hot.
Additional Info
- You can chop tomatoes very finely instead of puree roughly. - Water measurement is as per your preference, how you like your gravy. - Add tikkas just before serving.



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

    look really yummyyyyyyyy

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

    Thank you for posting yummy mouth watering recipe

  • 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

    • Kanan January 16, 2014, 1:28 pm

      very glad to know.

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

    mouthwatering recipe

    • Kanan March 4, 2013, 5:35 pm

      Thanks Anupama.

      • 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…

        • Kanan March 7, 2013, 7:43 pm

          Thanks for the feedback. It will help other readers.

  • 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 :)

    • 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.

  • swati December 15, 2012, 1:48 pm

    very nice recipe…will try definitely

    • Kanan December 15, 2012, 2:20 pm

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

  • 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..

    • 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.

  • Veronica's Kitchen August 15, 2012, 1:20 am

    My kids loves tikka masala with roti as it’s not too spicy for them. What a nice vegetarian dish!

  • Amina August 14, 2012, 12:14 am

    wow… paneer tikka masala looks absolutely delicious… awesome!!

  • Shumaila August 13, 2012, 1:08 am

    Love paneer tikka masala. Your version looks great!

  • hemalata August 11, 2012, 10:49 am

    Delicious looking paneer tikka masala.

  • Kavitha August 10, 2012, 6:25 pm

    delicious paneer tikka masala….will try this..

  • Jemini August 10, 2012, 5:33 am

    mouthwatering dear!!!! great step by step explanation….thanks for sharing the recipe dear!!!


  • Follow foodie August 10, 2012, 3:42 am

    looks great

  • Amy August 10, 2012, 2:06 am

    wow!! a mouthwatering curry!! I love this spicy appearance…

  • Honey What's Cooking August 9, 2012, 8:53 pm

    this looks incredibly delicious… very nice job on the photos. i’m so scared to make paneer tikka with the fat involved.. so i’ll probably opt for full fat milk. heaven!

  • bhavna August 9, 2012, 4:34 pm

    perfect paneer tikka masala… really looks like restaurant style..

  • PT August 9, 2012, 4:24 pm

    delicious curry..

  • SowmyaCreativesagaCreativesaga August 9, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Now am drooling…panzer an all time favo and love those naans too…yumm