Friday 20 September 2013

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala is an Indian dish made from chunks of Paneer (Cottage cheese) & few veggies marinated in spices and grilled in a tandoor or over a pan and served with spicy gravy. As we all know for vegetarians paneer is the best substitute of non-veg items. At the same time its healthy too. I have used home made paneer in this recipe, click here for Homemade Paneer recipe.  
I have tried out the restaurant style recipe here and I am very much sure that you guys going to love it :))))

Here is the video


Ingredients for marination :-

  • Paneer (Cottage Cheese) -250 grams
  • Capsicum - 1 green (remove the seeds)
  • Tomato - 1 big (remove the seeds)
  • Onion - 1 big
  • Greek /Hung yoghurt/thick curd - 1/2 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste -1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Flakes - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Kasoori Methi (Dried fenugreek leaves) - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as per the taste
  • Lemon juice - 1tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tbsp of oil for shallow frying

Procedure for Marination :-

  • Cut the paneer & the other vegetables in small cubes.  
  • In a mixing bowl take Yoghurt and add all the spices to it. 
  • Now add paneer and the vegetables and lightly mix as the Paneer might break. 
  • Now add oil and lemon juice and again mix. 
  • Keep the marination in refrigerator for 1 hr. 
  • After 1 hr, take a broad pan, add oil to it and put the marinated paneer and vegetables over it one by one. Do not mix them, keep them separate. 
  • Keep the flame high and let the entire water absorbed. When done on one side flip it over and cook it on the other side as well. Paneer and vegetables will get golden brown color. Now we can take it out on a plate and keep aside.

Ingredients For the gravy :-

  • Roughly chopped onion - 1 big
  • Roughly chopped tomato - 1 big
  • Roughly chopped Garlic cloves - 4 large
  • Roughly chopped Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Cumin seeds - 1tsp
  • turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Kasoori Methi (Dried fenugreek leaves) - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as per the taste
  • Fresh Cream - 1/2 cup
Procedure for making gravy :-
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds to it, as the seeds splutter add ginger & garlic and give it a good roast. 
  • When they become little brown add onions and roast till they become light brown. 
  • After they change the color add all the spices and a tbsp of water to it (So that the spices don't get burn) and cook until the spices oozes out the oil. 
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook until they are softened. 
  • Once done switch off the flame and let the mixture be cooled. After cooling put the mixture in a blender and make a puree out of it (If required add 1/2 cup of water for making a smooth puree). 
  • Pour the puree in the same pan and cook it till a boil comes. As soon as the boil comes add the Paneer tikka and the veggies in the puree and give it a gentle mix. 
  • After cooking it for 2-3 minutes add 2/3 rd of the cream in to the pan and leave rest of the cream for garnishing. Switch off the gas and serve it in a serving bowl, garnish it with rest of the cream.
Enjoy it with Chapattis, Naan, Parantha, Rumali roti or rice.

Thanks & Happy Cooking
Priyanka :))))


  1. Hi many servings does this recipe make?

    1. Hello, this recipe alone serves two people, but if served with any side dish its sufficient for 3 :)

    2. Thank u:) It looks awesome.. will try and let you know how it turns out!

    3. My Pleasure :))) waiting for ur response :)