Recipe Description

Paneer tikka masala a popular spicy and creamy North Indian gravy recipe made with marinated paneer cubes. The recipe of paneer tikka is inherited from the meat counterpart of chicken tikka masala for veggie lovers.

The gravy is rich, creamy, and spicy and hence can be used for any type of Indian roti or flatbreads including naan bread. Paneer recipes are the most liked gravy recipes across India.

Perhaps it is one of the most sought curry recipes across both veg and nonveg lovers. It comes with myriad variations with different ingredients. One such popular paneer gravy recipe is paneer tikka masala for its spicy and creamy taste.

This is a very simple, quick, and authentic vegetarian recipe to make at home. Paneer tikka masala is basically a combination of dry paneer tikka with heavy gravy.

About Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

This recipe is a scrumptious appetizer made by marinating cottage cheese and veggies and barbecuing/grilling. Paneer tikka masala is nothing but the smoky appetizer slathered in a subtle thick curd gravy. You can find this dish on most restaurant’s menus.

This delicious traditional Punjabi dish is something the whole family will love. Make it for dinner and serve with a pile of naan, roti, or paratha. I can almost guarantee the whole family will clean their plates.

For any non-native Indians, I believe it is easiest to explain if we break it down into its component parts. First, we have paneer, paneer is ubiquitous in Indian cooking and is a great vegetarian alternative to chicken, lamb, and other meats.

It is a firm, non-melting cheese that is similar in consistency to tofu. Tikka refers to a piece of food that has been grilled.

In the case of this case, the paneer is grilled before adding to the gravy. Finally, we have masala. While masala means any number of spices that are mixed, in this case, the masala is referring to the spice-laden gravy. Paneer tikka masala can literally be translated to grilled cottage cheese in a spiced gravy.

Some FAQs on Paneer Tikka Masala

Is paneer tikka healthy?

Yes Paneer tikka is healthy, you can say it is little higher in fat. Though its good fat (Saturated Fat).

How many calories are in paneer tikka masala?

One serving of Paneer Tikka Masala gives 349 calories. In which carbohydrates comprise 56 calories, proteins contains 40 calories and remaining calories come from fat which is 242 calories.

Do you cook paneer before adding to curry?

Yes, you have to cook the paneer for at least 5 minutes before adding it into the curry. You can use butter/oil to cook paneer tikka, cook it until the paneer cubes get color.

So, you just try this recipe at your home and share your experience with me. I am sharing the recipe below.

Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

Recipe by Pinky ShonaCourse: MainCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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Paneer tikka masala a popular spicy and creamy North Indian gravy recipe made with marinated paneer cubes. The recipe of paneer tikka is inherited from the meat counterpart of chicken tikka masala for veggie lovers.


  • For Marinating
  • Paneer- 250 gms

  • Curd- 1 cup

  • Mustard oil- 2 tbsp

  • Gram flour- 2 tbsp

  • Ginger paste- 1 tsp

  • Kashmiri red chilli powder- 2 tbsp

  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp

  • Garam masala- 1 tsp

  • Salt as per taste

  • Onion cubes- 2 large

  • Capsicum cubes- 1 pc

  • Tomato cubes- 2 nos

  • For gravy
  • Oil as need

  • Cinnamon- 1 small

  • Small cardamom- 2

  • Cloves- 2

  • Black pepper- 1 tsp

  • Cumin seed- 2 tsp

  • Chopped onion- 2 large

  • Ginger garlic paste- 1 tnsp

  • Tomato- 2 large

  • Salt as need

  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp

  • Kashmiri red chilli- 1 tbsp

  • Garam masala powder- 1 tsp

  • Dried fenugreek leaves few

  • Salt as per taste

  • Cashew paste- 2 tbsp

  • Grated cheese few

How to make Paneer Tikka Masala

  • For marination
  • First, take a large bowl, add curd, gram flour, ginger paste, Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, Garam masala, and salt as per taste into it and mix it gently and make a smooth thick batter.
  • Now add paneer cubes, capsicum cubes, tomato cubes and onion cubes into the batter and mix it properly.
  • Now heat mustard oil in a pan, put some Kashmiri red chilli powder into it and then pour the oil into the batter and mix properly and keep marinate it for 30 minutes.
  • For gravy
  • In a pan, put some oil, after the oil becomes hot add a cinnamon stick, small cardamom, cloves, cumin seed, black pepper into it an d sauté it for 2 sec until the aroma comes. Paneer Tikka Masala 1
  • Then add some chopped onion, ginger garlic paste, and cashews into the pan and roast them for a while. Paneer Tikka Masala 3
  • Then put the tomatoes and roast it also and turn off the flame and keep it for cooling down. Paneer Tikka Masala 2
  • Now get a. mixer jar, add all the fried things into it and make a smooth paste.
  • Now put some oil in a pan, then fry the marinated paneer cubes and the veggies and take them out.
  • Then for gravy, put some oil in a pan, then add the paste into the oil. Paneer TIkka Masala 4
  • Now add Kashmiri red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder into it and fry it till it releases oil. Paneer TIkka Masala 5
  • After then, put the salt as per taste and add grated paneer and dried fenugreek leaves into the masala. Paneer Tikka Masla 6
  • Then put roasted paneer cubes and veggies into the masala and cook them all for 10 minutes on low flame. Paneer Tikka Masala 7
  • After done switch off the flame, paneer tikka masala is ready to serve hot. Paneer TIkka Masala 8


  • If you are making a vegan version of paneer tikka, then skip butter and cream, and use tofu instead of Paneer.
  • Use homemade paneer if you want to get the best result.