How to make Paneer Tikka Masala -

Chunks of marinated paneer, capsicum, onions and tomatoes cooked in a spicy makhani masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Paneer (cottage cheese) (पनीर), Onions (प्याज़ )

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

For more recipes related to Paneer Tikka Masala checkout Paneer Butter Masala, Paneer Manchurian, Shahi Paneer, Malai Kofta Curry . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Dhansaak Rice Bowl Paniphal Masaledar Eggplant Chilli Garlic Pepper Pudina Gravy

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe Card


English: Cottage Cheese
A favourite with the vegetarians, paneer made from milk is quite common, especially paneer recipes are quite popular in the Indian subcontinent. You can make it fresh, chhena – an another version or just use the ones that are readily available in the market to prepare everything from simple snacks, curries, sabzis, mithais, desserts and the likes. An ingredient that can be relished in the raw form too – try serving it as a starter just sprinkled with a little chaat masala, black salt and chilli powder!

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) cubed 200 grams

  • Onions 3 large

  • Tomatoes 3 large

  • Green capsicum 1/2 medium

  • Hung yogurt 1/2 cup

  • Fresh cream 1/2 cup

  • Ginger cut into juliennes 1 inch piece

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Mustard oil 3 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Coriander powder 1 tablespoon

  • Lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Oil 2-3 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) 1 teaspoon

  • Ginger garlic paste 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cashewnut paste 1/2 cup

  • Fresh coriander Finely chopped for garnishing


Step 1

In a bowl take yogurt, one teaspoon red chilli powder, salt, one-fourth teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves, one tablespoon ginger garlic paste, one tablespoon lime juice, half teaspoon garam masala powder and two table spoons of mustard oil. Whisk well and keep aside.

Step 2

Cut paneer into cubes, cut onion into one inch pieces and separate the layers, cut one tomato into half, remove the pulp and cut into cubes.

Step 3

Add the cut capsicum, onions and tomatoes to the yogurt mixture. Mix well. Add paneer cubes and mix gently. Keep aside to marinate.

Step 4

In a pan heat two tablespoons of oil. Add cumin seeds and 2 finely chopped onions to the pan. Cook for seven to eight minutes or till onions start browning.

Step 5

Skewer Pieces of onion, tomato, capsicum and paneer on the satay sticks.

Step 6

Add one tablespoon ginger garlic paste to onions. Sauté for a minute.

Step 7

Add two finely chopped tomatoes and cook for five minutes.

Step 8

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a grill pan, place the paneer skewers on it and cook for two minutes on each side.

Step 9

To the onion tomato masala, add one teaspoon chilli powder, one tablespoon coriander powder, half teaspoon garam masala powder, one-fourth teaspoon turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.

Step 10

Add ginger juliennes, slit green chillies and cashewnut paste to the pan. Mix well.

Step 11

Add half cup water and mix well. Add fresh cream and mix.

Step 12

Add the skewered veggies to the masala.

Step 13

Add half teaspoon garam masala powder, one-fourth teaspoon kasoori methi and remaining lime juice. Mix.

Step 14

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.

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