Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe, Paneer Recipes
Recipe type: main, vegetarian
RecipeCuisine: Punjabi, North Indian
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Serves: 3-4
Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe is a popular recipe made from paneer (cottage cheese) and hails from North India. The paneer is grilled or baked or placed in tandoor first then added to the creamy tomato gravy.
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
For Marination of paneer tikka :
  • 10-12 cashewnut
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 1.5 tbsp hung curd
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1.5 t/s lime juice
  • 1-2 t/s kashmiri red chili powder or as required
  • ½ t/s garam masala powder
  • 1 t/s roasted cumin powder
  • 1 t/s coriander seed powder (dhaniya)
  • 1 t/s amchur powder
  • 1 tbsp chat masala
  • ¾ t/s pepper powder
  • ½ tbsp crushed dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • 1 t/s sugar
  • black salt (kala namak) or rock salt
Other Ingredients:
  • 250 gms cottage cheese (paneer) diced into squares (i used store bought paneer)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 capsicum or bell pepper (optional) chopped into squares
  • 1 onion chopped into sqaures
Ingredients for Paneer Tikka Masala Gravy:
  • 250 gms fresh cottage cheese (paneer) chopped into cubes or squares (I used readymade paneer)
  • 1 tbsp oil + 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes puree (just chop and ground them into the mixer or grinder)
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 t/s dry raw mango powder (amchur)
  • 1 tbsp crushed dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1tbsp cream for garnish
  • salt as required
  • some coriander leaves for garnish
For white paste:
  • ½ cup fresh cream
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • 10-12 cashew nut
How to make the recipe?
For Paneer Tikka preparation:
  1. Combine everything mentioned for marination into the blender except kasuri methi and chat masala. Blend into a smooth paste.
  2. Add the kasuri methi and give a nice whisk.
  3. Now add the squared paneer and veggies to the marinade.
  4. Mix gently with your hand or just toss them gently. Ensure they are coated nicely with the marinade. Set aside for 30-40 mins, you could marinate in the fridge for a longer time if you wish.
  5. Skewer the paneer and veggies on a skewer gently. To avoid a mess stack them over a platter.
  6. Grease a pan with oil and place them over the greased pan. Preheat the oven to 200°C exactly 15 mins before baking.
  7. Bake for 10-12 mins. Brush them with oil or spray oil over them also if you have more marination mixture pour that too over them. Again bake for 10-15 mins more. Sprinkle some chat masala and squeeze lime juice over the tikka.
  8. Serve the malai paneer tikka with lemon wedges and green chutney.
Paneer Tikka Masala Gravy Preparation:
  1. Grind all the ingredients for the paste and keep ready. Please dont add water
  2. Put oil in the pan. Saute chopped onion also add the onion grilled with the paneer tikka. Saute until light brown in color but don't burn them else it would ruin the taste.
  3. Add all the spice powder except amchur powder. Also add the ginger-garlic paste. Saute until the raw smell of the ginger disappears.
  4. Now add the tomato puree. Stir and simmer for 4-5 mins.
  5. Time to add the white paste to the simmered tomato gravy. Also add the sugar and butter. Mix all nicely.
  6. Cook for 3-4 mins. Now add the prepared paneer tikka masala to the gravy. Simmer for 2 mins more, keep stirring in between.
  7. Finally add the crushed kasuri methi, check the taste and alter the spices if required. Just ensure you don't overcook the paneer else they might get rubbery.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and dash of cream. Serve paneer tikka masala hot with butter naan, roti or jeera rice.
1. Home-made paneer is always good but you could use a store bought paneer too for this recipe.
2. While you skewer the cottage cheese be gentle as they might crumble so do it softly and gently.
3. You could use any veggies of your choice like mushroom, baby corn etc.
4. I prefer medium spicy but you could add more chili powder for more spice.
5. Preferably use kashmiri red chili powder for a robust, red color also it's mild spiced. If kashmiri red chili powder isn't available use deggi mirch powder instead.
6. If you want charcoal flavor then you would have to use a tandoor.
7. This gravy / sauce is slightly towards the sweeter side. So add more chili powder or green chilies if you like spicy food.
8. If you aren't able to make the paneer tikka it's okay just add them in the gravy directly. Alternatively you could shallow fry the paneer before adding to the gravy.
9. If you love thick gravy then cook until gravy thickens.
10. If you love chicken the just replace chicken instead of paneer.
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