Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala is a luscious gravy dish prepared with paneer (Indian cottage cheese). We marinate paneer, then grill it over stove-top and add to a rich creamy onion-tomato based gravy.

To prepare it you’ll need paneer, onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, green chillies and spices. 

Marination Tip: Marinate for up to 2 hours or more. If you’re running short on time then keep it for at least 30 mins.

Also try: Achaari Paneer, Kadai Paneer, Palak Paneer or Paneer Butter Masala

Course: Main Course

Servings: 4

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 15 Mins, Marination – 2 hours, Cooking –  25 Mins, Total –  2 hours 40 mins


  1. Paneer Tikka – Follow this recipe
  2. Onion – 1 large (roughly chopped)
  3. Tomato – 3 large (roughly chopped)
  4. Green Chilli – 2 (roughly chopped)
  5. Garlic – 3 cloves (roughly chopped)
  6. Ginger – 1 inch (roughly chopped)
  7. Cashew – 6 (optional)
  8. Black Cardamom – 1
  9. Bay Leaf – 1
  10. Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  11. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  12. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  13. Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  14. Kasuri Methi – 1 tbsp
  15. Cream – 3 tbsp
  16. Oil – 4 tbsp
  17. Water – 3/4 cup or as required
  18. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Paneer Tikka Masala:

  1. Prepare Paneer Tikka as per the recipe and keep aside
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add black cardamom and bay leaf. Saute for a few seconds
  3. Add onions, garlic, ginger, green chilli and cashew. Saute till onions are translucent
  4. Add tomatoes. Cook till soft
  5. Turn off the flame and let it cool down completely
  6. Add it to a grinding jar and grind it to make a fine paste. Keep aside
  7. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan or a kadai. Add the paste, red chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder. Mix. Cover and cook for 7-8 mins
  8. Add water and bring it to boil. Add kasuri methi and salt. Cook for 2-3 mins
  9. Add paneer tikka, cream and garam masala powder. Mix and cook for 2-3 mins
  10. Your Paneer Tikka Masala is ready. Serve hot. Enjoy it with Phulkas or Parathas.


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