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Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala is a delicious Indian famous Curry prepared in two stages. The first phase is to marinate the paneer in yogurt, chickpea flour , red chili powder, coriander powder,cumin powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt. And the second stage is to prepare the creamy onion and tomato spiced curry. This curry goes well with parathas, chapatis, naan and rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Dinner Recipes, Easy Lunch Recipes, Paneer Recipes, Paneer Tikka Masala, Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe
Servings: 3
Author: Aayushi Patel


For the Marination

  • 1/2 Cup Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Chickpea Flour
  • 1 Tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt

For the Spiced Gravy/Masala

  • 8 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Dried Red Chilies
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 10 Cashews
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes
  • 2 Tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 Tbsp Kasuri Methi


For the Marination

  • In a bowl add Yogurt and chickpea flour. Whisk it thoroughly to avoid lumps.
    Now add red chili powder, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and salt. Give it a nice mix. Now add the cubed paneer in the mixture and mix well. Now take a plastic wrap and cover the bowl. Refrigerate it for 30 mins.

For the Masala

  • In a pan of your choice, add 2 Tbsp oil, dried red chilies and roughly chopped onions. Sauté them for about 1 minute. Add cashews and sauté stir again. Now add in garlic cloves and ginger. Stir it and once done add roughly chopped tomatoes and all the spices along with salt. Let it cook until the spices are well done and tomatoes are mushy. Add a little water if you feel that masala will stick to the bottom of your pan. Set it aside to cool. Once cool in a mixer jar, blend it into a smooth curry. And your masala is done.
  • In the same pan, add about 4-5 Tbsp's of oil and once hot add the marinated paneer cubes. Flip them upside down once you think they are done. it takes about a minute and a half for them to be done on each side. For making sure they don't stick to the pan, make sure you add enough oil.
  • Once done, line a plate with paper towel and place the paneer cubes on it.
  • Again in the same pan, add a Tbsp oil. Add Cumin seeds, Bay Leaf and a small cinnamon stick. Let it sizzle.
  • Put the stove on low flame and add the leftover marination and cook it thoroughly. Stir it continuously to make sure that the yogurt doesn't split.
  • Now add that masala we made and add a little water. Let it simmer.
  • Once you see the oil separating from the masala you know its done. Check for salt and garam masala.. adjust to your taste.
  • Add in the paneer cubes and crushed kasuri methi. Give it a final mix.
  • Serve hot with Jeera Rice, Naan or Parathas