Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala

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Cottage cheese transforms into a tongue-tickling treat when marinated in spice powders and cooked crisp along with other yummy ingredients like capsicum and onions.

This, the all-time favourite Paneer Tikka, tastes awesome whether it is had plain or in a masaledar gravy as shown in this recipe.

A selection of whole spices and spice powders along with tomato pulp and cream give the gravy an intense flavour and lusciously creamy mouth-feel, which complement the crispy and tasty paneer cubes.

The Paneer Tikka Masala is a fantastic dish to enjoy with Whole Wheat Coriander and Sesame Seeds Naan .

Paneer Tikka Masala recipe - How to make Paneer Tikka Masala

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 3 servings
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For The Paneer Tikka
1 1/2 cups paneer (cottage cheese) cubes (1”x 1” each)
2 tbsp besan (bengal gram flour)
1/4 cup thick curds (dahi)
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
1/2 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste
1/2 cup capsicum cubes (1”x 1” each)
1/4 cup onion cubes (1”x 1” each)
oil for greasing and cooking

For The Gravy
1 tbsp cornflour
3 tbsp oil
1 small stick cinnamon (dalchini)
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
1 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1/2 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
1/2 cup onion paste
1 cup fresh tomato pulp
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
1 tbsp fresh cream
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

For the paneer tikka

    For the paneer tikka
  1. Combine the besan, curds, chaat masala, garam masala, ginger paste, garlic paste, chilli powder, oil and salt in a deep bowl and mix well using a whisk.
  2. Add the paneer, capsicum and onions and toss gently till they are evenly coated from all the sides.
  3. Thread a piece of paneer cube followed by 2 capsicum and 2 onion cubes alternatively. Again thread another piece of paneer cube followed by 2 capsicum and 2 onion cubes alternatively and finally thread a paneer cube on a skewer or a long tooth pick.
  4. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more tikkas.
  5. Grease a non-stick tava (griddle) with oil, place the prepared tikkas over it and cook them on a medium flame, using oil till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  6. Repeat step 5 to cook the remaining 2 paneer tikkas in one more batch. Keep aside.

For the gravy

    For the gravy
  1. Combine the cornflour and 1 cup of water in a deep bowl, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the cinnamon, cloves, garlic paste and ginger paste and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  3. Add the onion paste and salt and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the fresh tomato pulp, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder, fresh cream, coriander and cornflour-water mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Just before serving, re-heat the gravy and slide the paneer tikkas from the skewers into the gravy. Mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy589 cal
Protein15.4 g
Carbohydrates29.1 g
Fiber5.4 g
Fat45.4 g
Cholesterol2.7 mg
Sodium35 mg
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Paneer Tikka Masala
 on 04 Jun 17 07:39 PM

I made this recipe for lunch today and everyone just loved it . Thank you tarla mam and the entire tarla Dalal team for sharing such tasty and yummy recipes.
Tarla Dalal
05 Jun 17 01:59 PM
   Juhi, thanks for the feedback.
Paneer Tikka Masala
 on 17 Nov 16 01:47 PM

This Paneer Tikka recipe is the most popular recipe in any North Indian restaurant, Every time I order it and always wanted to make it at home, now I know how to make it and it taste great.