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Paneer Tikka Masala

4.30 from 10 votes
Total: 2 hours 50 minutes
Serves 4 PEOPLE

Paneer Tikka Masala

What can I say about this dish, the name says it all – Paneer Tikka Masala. Marinated Paneer cubes along with veggies are grilled till toasty and then sauteed in onion-tomato based cream sauce, yum!! Tweak up the recipe by giving a smoky taste to the grilled paneer (dhungar method). By following this method you can taste the smoky paneer in every bite. It’s so delicious and full of flavors that while cooking, it’s aroma will fill up your house and make your mouth watery.

Paneer is an all time favorite ingredient in my family and is always deliciously relished. Traditionally this dish is prepared in butter, but keeping the health of my family in mind I have added oil and half the quantity of cream and butter. No doubt, extra cream and butter altogether takes this dish to a whole new level and if allowed to simmer for longer time paneer soaks in all the rich, and creamy flavors.

Paneer can easily be substituted with tofu and same way cashew paste can be substituted with almond paste. I have kept the spice level on the mild side, but spices can be adjusted according to your preferences. Enjoy this easy and simple Paneer tikka masala recipe for dinner today which is very flavorful, tasty and reheats pretty well.

Do try out other Paneer deliciaces – Paneer tikka without oven, Achari paneer tikka, Paneer tikka pulao, Mutter paneer – no onion no garlic recipe, Palak paneer

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala

4.30 from 10 votes
Quick and easy restaurant style Paneer Tikka Masala recipe at home. Marinated Paneer cubes sauteed in onion-tomato gravy.
Prep: 2 hours
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 4 PEOPLE



  • 350 Gms. Paneer (1 cup thick cubes of paneer)
  • 1 small Onion, cubed
  • 1 medium Green capsicum, cubed
  • 1 cup Beaten Curd (yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Kastoori methi/ dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Homemade tandoori masala
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Butter/Ghee/oil (for basting or cooking )




  • Let's begin with our marinade ingredients.
  • Clean and cube paneer pieces.
  • Wash and clean veggies. Cube them in pieces.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water for 30- 40 minutes. Preheat oven at 350 degree F.
    Wooden skewers in water
  • Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk up curd and make it smooth with no lumps. Mix in crushed ginger-garlic paste...
  • Add in kastoori methi, tandoori masala, nutmeg powder and salt. Whisk and mix till all the spices are well blended.
  • Toss cubed paneer and veggies in the marinade and rub the marinade all over the paneer and coat it well. Marinate it for 2-3 hours.
  • After the marination time, put paneer and veggies on skewers, alternating the veggies and paneer pieces.
  • Put skewers on a wire rack and place a tray underneath the skewers.
  • Place them in preheated oven and bake them for 20-30 minutes or...
  • Until brown from both the sides, turning them occasionally.
  • Once grilled, allow them to cool down completely.
  • Remove them from skewers..
  • If you prefer small pieces of paneer in the gravy then cut them into smaller pieces or else let them be.


  • Assemble: ingredients for the gravy.
  • And the spices.
  • Heat oil in a pan,add cumin seeds and as they start to sputter add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Add in onion paste...
  • And cook till all the liquid has evaporated and masala is reduced in half (4 minutes). Mix in tomato puree..
  • Mix and stir in all the spices, curd and cashew paste. Mix and saute for 5-6 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add butter and cook for another 4-6 minutes. This part is OPTIONAL.
  • When the oil/butter separates from the masala, pour in 1/4 cup of water. Add water accordingly, if you prefer thick gravy pour in less water.
  • Bring it to a boil (2 minutes) and adjust seasonings.
  • Add cream and mix until well blended.
  • Add kastoori methi or chopped cilantro leaves and mix.
  • Add grilled paneer pieces along with grilled onions and capsicum/bell pepper.
  • Mix and take the kadhai off the flame. Cover and let the paneer pieces soak in all the flavors.
  • When ready to serve sprinkle it with few drops of cream and...
  • Serve hot with warm rotis.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian

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  1. Ritu maulik says:

    Tried this recipe and it turned out simply awesome. ..thanks a ton. Masalas are perfect, taste is authentic and even your hands smell so good even after washing, truly amazing recipe. The photos are so mouthwatering I can almost eat them off your site. Have tried out a many of your recipes and have loved them all.

  2. Neetha says:

    Good recipe

  3. Debora B. says:

    Hi Ruchi,
    I tried this recipe with stove method and came out juicy and soft. I don’t have the right words to tell you exactly how wonderful it tasted. Simply yummy and paneer pieces were so soft and full of flavor. Marinade was fully smeared on paneer cubes and I had some dal along with it. It was the most satisfying meal I had made in a long while.

    Thanks dear!

    • RK says:

      Welcome to the blog Debora!! Thanks for sharing your experience with me. Glad you liked the recipe and keep checking back for more.

  4. Amul Baranwal says:

    I tried this and its awesome recipe and its my and my family favorites recipe now.

  5. Club O7 says:

    Hi Ruchi,

    The way you mentioned the instructions along pics is easily understandable for a novice.

    I would like you to share some suggestions for better garnishing this dish. And, can we use Potato cubes in the marinade?

    • RK says:

      Yes, you can use potato cubes in the marinade. Few options for garnishing-
      1. Either do a swirl of cream on top.
      2. Take a long tray, pour gravy in the base, arrange paneer cubes over the gravy, sprinkle some cilantro leaves and using a spoon drizzle cream all along.
      3. Use shredded paneer along with onion rings to garnish.
      4. Make a bed of rice, place a big bowl in the center and pour paneer tikka masala in it and serve.
      Hope that answers your query.

  6. Rashmi says:

    Awesome receipe I lyked it n 2 day I try it it waz really amazing thank u Ruchi somchhh……๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  7. Manu says:

    Followed your method and we finished the whole dish. Usually what I prepare always go back to my fridge but this one was all gone. Thanks Ruchi. I will be trying many more of your yummy collection.

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with me. Really appreciate that! Your wonderful feedback is what makes my work all the more worthwhile and special. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Ankita says:

    Hii ruchiji….ruchiji plzz share butter paneer recipie without onion garlic …actualy i made butter paneer but thats gravy was same as dum aloo so plzz share butter paneer recipie without onion garlic

  9. Guru Chavan says:

    Good Recipe. I am forwarding to my mom right now. Thank you.