Thursday, 9 July 2015

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala is an spiced gravy dish, in which paneer is tandoored / smoked / barbecued along with tomatoes, onion and capsicum and served with gravy made with spicy masala's. I am adopting the paneer tikka from Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, and made the gravy of my version. 

You can check out my version of basic Paneer Tikka.

Paneer Tikka Masala is quite an lengthy dish, but its really worth with its end result and I am making it in a tawa. Now lets move on to the recipe.

For Paneer Tikka:
Paneer 250 gms
Onion 1 big
Tomato 1 big
Capsicum 1/2 big 
Hung Curd 3/4th bowl
Gram Flour / Besan 2 -3 tbsp
Ginger - Garlic Paste  1 tbsp
Red Chili Powder 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Garam Masala 1 tsp
Carom Seeds / Ajwain 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice
Salt as per taste
Butter 2 tbsp
Oil 1 tbsp


Chop paneer, onion, capsicum and tomato into perfect cubes and keep ready.

In a small pan, melt butter. Add carom seeds / ajwain and gram flour / besan and roast till a nutty flavor comes. Keep the consistency like a paste. Transfer to a bowl.

In the same bowl add hung curd, red chili powder, salt, garam masala, ginger - garlic paste and lemon juice. Mix it well.

In a pan, heat oil, once heated, witch off the flame and add turmeric powder to it and immediately add it in our bowl. Mix everything well.

Now add cubed paneer, cubed capsicum, cubed onions and cubed tomatoes and mix well correctly.

Take a toothpick / skewers and arrange paneer, capsicum, onion and tomatoes according and keep it in a plate. Do it for all.

Now we have to make the tikkas....

In a tawa, add some oil. Once heated, place the tikka sticks we have prepared. As it starts cooks on one side, keep turning all the four sides, reduce the flame and cook until a smoky flavor comes but not burning it.Remove and keep it in a plate. 
{If some paneer or any pieces are left, instead of putting in the skewer or toothpick, directly place it on the tawa and cook it}.

Now lets prepare the Masala Gravy....
For Masala Gravy:
Onion 1 big chopped roughly
Tomatoes 2 big 
Ginger- Garlic paste 1 tsp
Cashew nuts 5 - 6
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder 1 tsp
Whisked Yogurt / Curd 2 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Oil 2 tbsp
Freshly chopped Coriander Leaves few
Water as required

Method for preparing  paneer Tikka Masala:
In a pan take water and boil it. Now add onion, tomatoes{making a slit in its top part} and cashew nuts with little salt and boil until raw smell leaves. This takes almost 8 - 9 minutes. Then allow it to cool for few minutes. Now transfer to the mixer and grind to a paste.  

In a pan heat oil. Once heated add the readied paste - taking care of your hands as it splutters all over. Saute until 

Now add ginger garlic paste and mix. As its raw smell is gone, add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala and mix well. Cook until oil leaves its sides.

Now switch off the flame, add whisked yogurt / curd.
{Be careful else curd might curdle, so remember to off the flame}.

Mix well. 

Now lets add paneer tikka...
Add paneer tikka along with toothpick as a whole, or you can remove each piece and add.
{I had made just two tikkas with toothpick and smoked the other cubed pieces as it}.

After adding the tikkas / smoked pieces, if the gravy looks thick, add needed amount of water and mix once. 

Cook for 2 - 3 minutes, as the tikkas gets incorporated with the gravy masala's. 

Garnish with Freshly copped Coriander Leaves.

Serve with roti / naan/ parata and any flavored rice.


  1. Wow! This looks droolicious Jeena! Loving both versions!

    1. Thanks a lot, happy that U liked it.

  2. I love Paneer and often make paneer dishes at home. Your version looks tempting. Will try soon :)

    1. Do try , its is really delicious and Thanks dear..

  3. Awesomely loveable. Nice thick masala gravy with the soft gooey paneer.

    1. Yes, exactly as U told, its a rich thick masala gravy and the paneer being just as soft as always. Thanks a lot..

  4. Delicious & tempting this panner recipe.

  5. Ahh this is the perfect paneer dish for the any occasion. It is looking so delicious and tempting. Love the presentation dear as always !!

    1. U have always been a great support and ur comments about my dishes really make me feel appreciated. I am happy that U liked it... Thanks a lot

  6. The masala looks really amazing...

  7. A delicious panner recipe..............looks so rich.

  8. This is a wonderful paneer recipe. Loved going through the stage-wise pictures and the addition of the thickeners in the gravy. Must be truly delicious!

  9. Lovely paneer gravy...well explained and executed Jeena!!

  10. I can imagine the taste &wonderfully explained dish.

  11. Love the way u prepared this dish...with love and atmost perfection

  12. Thanks, this year you get lot of opportunity and share more foodie blog and its recipe.
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