Best homemade Paneer Tikka masala

Easy Paneer tikka masala  | recipe for paneer tikka masala

Serving garnished paneer tikka masala
Paneer tikka masala

What is paneer Tikka masala?

Paneer tikka masala is a rich, creamy and little bit tangy dish made by using grilled or tandoori roasted paneer tikka in a tomato onion gravy . Little amount of curd is used in the gravy masala.

These is a famous north Indian dish hugely popular in Delhi and Punjab. Paneer also known as cottage cheese is a most popular vegeterian food item of India.

Paneer tikka masala recipe can be divided into following two parts.

(1) Making paneer Tikka and

(2) Making the masala gravy

You can make the paneer tikka using an Oven or grilled / roast them on a non stick pan .  For paneer tikka recipe using tawa and oven, read Best paneer tikka on Tawa and oven.

This paneer Tikka masala recipe gives you the same flavour and taste as restaurant style paneer tikka masala.

This is one of the best dishes of paneer which is widely popular around the world. Paneer butter masala is another dish of paneer which is also hugely popular around the world.

The difference between paneer tikka masala and paneer butter masala are that the cubes of paneer in paneer butter masala are not grilled or roasted.

Paneer butter masala is little bit sweet in taste and whereas paneer tikka masala is little bit tangy due to the use of curd. You can read the full recipe for Paneer butter masala for more details.

And if you like spicy paneer recipe then you can read the full recipe of Homemade paneer masala recipe.

Easy paneer tikka masala recipe at home with step by step methods and complete video.

   Paneer Tikka masala recipe

Serving paneer Tikka masala recipe
Paneer tikka masala

Preparation time :- 25 minutes

Cooking time :- 15 minutes

Difficulty :- Easy

Yields :-  2 servings

Author :- Mobasir hassan

Ingredients :-

For making paneer tikka

   •  200 gm paneer

   • 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder

   •  1/3 teaspoon ground cumin (jeera

   •  1 teaspoon curd(yogurt)

   •  salt as per taste

   • 2 - 3 capsicum and tomato cubes

For making  the gravy

   •  2 medium size onion ( cut into slices)

   •  2 teaspoon cashew nuts

   •  2 medium size tomato ( cut into slices)

   •  1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

   •  1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

   •  1 teaspoon cooking oil

For making the masala 

   • 1 big onion ( chopped)

   •  1/3 teaspoon chopped garlic

   •  whole cumin seeds

   •  1/4 teaspoon fenugreek leaves(kasoori

   •  1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

   •  1/4 teaspoon coriander powder

   •  1/4 teaspoon garam masala

   •  1 butter cube

   •  2 teaspoon fresh cream

   •  coriander leaves

   •  salt as per taste

How to make the recipe

Preparation for paneer tikka

   1. Cut paneer, capsicum and tomato
       into cube size and mix with red chilli
       powder, cumin powder, salt, ginger
       garlic paste and yoghurt in a bowl. Let
       it marinate for 15 minutes.

   2. After the marination time, heat an pan
       or tawa with half teaspoon oil and roast
       the marinated paneer pieces from all
       sides till crisp. Similarly roast the
       capsicum and tomato. Remove them in
       a bowl to use in gravy.

Making paneer tikka gravy

   3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan and fry
       ginger garlic paste till raw smell goes
       off. Add the onion slices and fry till light

   4. Add the cashew nuts and fry till golden.

   5. Now add red chilli powder and saute
       then add the tomato slices and fry till
       the tomatoes become messy.

   6. Remove and cool down completely and
       make a fine paste using grinder or

Making paneer tikka masala

   7. Heat oil in a pan and saute the chopped
       onions and garlic till brown. Then add
       cumin seeds and fry.

   8. Now add crushed fenugreek leaves,
       red chilli powder, coriander powder,
       turmeric powder and garam masala
       and saute for 30 seconds.

   9. Pour the prepared onion tomato paste
       and cook for 2 minutes adding little

  10. Add curd and prepared paneer Tikka,
        salt and chopped corriander leaves and
        cook for 1 minute.

  11. Mix butter cube and stir well. Then
        pour fresh cream and mix and cook
        for 1 minute. Check the thickness of
        the gravy and seasoning. Sprinkle
        some chopped corriander leaves and
        remove. Serve the paneer Tikka masala
        with roti, naan or paratha.


Video for paneer tikka masala

Nutritional value (estimate only)

Calories :- 325

Fats :-  25 g | Protein :- 11 g

Carbohydrate :- 14 g  | Fiber :- 2 g

Calcium :- 355 mg | Iron :- 0.8 mg

                  Serving tips

•  As paneer Tikka masala is a semi thick gravy dish , it is best to serve with flat Indian breads. Best to serve with tandoori Naan and Roti .

• You can even serve it with homemade chapatis and phulka.

• Pour it over  plain steam basmati rice or jeera rice and serve . It really taste well with them also.

                  Recipe notes :-

• Use best quality paneer or homemade paneer for the recipe to get soft chunks of bites.

• Use less sour curd for the recipe. For making paneer tikka marination, use hung curd or Greek yogurt for the best results.

Below you can read the step by step instructions with photos to make paneer Tikka masala recipe

For making the paneer tikka

Step 01
Cut the paneer into cube size and combine with red chilli powder, cumin powder,curd and  mix salt.Also mix the capsicum and tomato cubes with the paneer and let it marinate for 15 minutes.

Step 02
Take a non stick pan and heat 1/2 teaspoon oil and roast the marinated paneer cubes. Flip the paneer cubes when one side . Similarly roast the capsicum and tomato cubes. Remove them in a bowl for use in gravy.

Roasting paneer Tikka on tawa or pan for the recipe of paneer tikka masala
Grilling/roasting paneer

Grilling tomato capsicum cubes on pan for paneer tikka masala recipe
Grilling capsicum tomato

For  making the gravy :-

Step 01
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan and saute the ginger garlic paste till the raw smell goes off. Add the onion slice and saute till light brown. Then add the cashew nuts and saute further.

Step 02
Add red chilli powder and mix well then again add the  tomato slices aand stir to translucent. Remove and cool down. Then grind them into a fine (puree) paste using grinder. Add little amount of water while grinding. Keep the paste aside for later use when making  paneer Tikka masala.

Tomato onion cashew mixture with water for Paneer Tikka masala recipe
Tomato onion cashew mixture

Tomato onion cashew puree for paneer tikka masala recipe
Tomato onion cashew puree

For making the Paneer tikka masala :-

Step 01
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in the pan and saute the chopped onions till light brown. Then add the chopped garlic and whole cumin seeds (jeera) and saute .

Step 02
Add the fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi), red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder. Saute for 30 seconds.

Mixing masala with onions for paneer tikka masala recipe
Adding ingredients

Step 03

Then pour the  onion cashew tomato paste(puree) and stir . Pour little water and cook for 2 minutes.

Pouring onion tomato puree with onion masala for paneer tikka masala recipe
Pouring onion tomato cashew puree

Step 04

Pour the curd into it and cook for 30 seconds. Then add the paneer Tikka, chopped coriander leaves and salt. Mix well and cook further.

Mixing paneer Tikka with gravy for paneer tikka masala recipe
Mixing paneer Tikka

Step 05

Pour the butter cube, mix well and cook for another 30 seconds . Then pour the fresh cream. Mix well and cook for 1 minute. Check the seasoning. Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Poured fresh cream into the gravy for paneer tikka masala recipe
Poured fresh cream into the gravy

Serving hot paneer Tikka masala recipe
Paneer Tikka masala

If you love the recipe of paneer Tikka masala then I am sure you would love the recipe of Chicken Tikka masala and Homemade yummy chicken curry

You can read more popular paneer recipes

1. Chilli paneer recipe

2. Palak paneer recipe

3. Best quick paneer Paratha recipe

4. Paneer Seekh Kebab recipe


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