Paneer Tikka Masala Gravy Recipe

Paneer tikka masala gravy recipe with video in hindi and step by step images. Get the restaurant style taste at home with easy recipe. It has high calories.

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Paneer Tikka Masala is basically a combination of dry Paneer Tikka with the heavy gravy.

Anil has this habit of eating out and then pushing Maahi to replicate the same taste at home. It is this habit which has helped us learn tricks of the trade and those secret restaurant recipes.

To be very frank, some 3 years ago, we had a belief that no Paneer dish can be made to taste same as a restaurant simply because they use a dedicated ready-made Paneer masala powder. This myth was broken when Anil insisted to make it without any ready made masala powder at home.

We tried multiple combinations of whatever spices were available at home and then one day could finally taste the heaven.

See Also: Is Cottage Cheese equal to Indian Paneer?

Normally, you would prepare the Paneer Tikka using the grill in your Microwave Oven. But, here we use a desi tawa (griddle).

Paneer Tikka masala is different than the Paneer Makhani or Paneer Butter Masala. The primary difference is in the way raw Paneer is cooked. You can check our both the recipes to understand the difference.

As a matter of fact, almost all Paneer delicacies have some or the other difference in their preparation and ingredients to create a variation in their finally taste. We analyzed one such difference of Shahi Paneer with Paneer Makhani here.

Some people also refer this recipe with the name Malai Paneer Tikka or the Paneer Tikka Gravy.

We share this recipe of making Paneer tikka masala at home with step by step images and a video in Hindi language.


For Paneer Marination

  1. 1 Tbsp Oil Olive oil Or any Oil of your choice
  2. 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  3. 2 Tsp Ginger paste Or you can grind 2 Inch Ginger to fine paste
  4. 4 Number Garlic Buds Finely chopped. Or use Garlic paste if you have
  5. 1/2 Tsp Salt
  6. 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
  7. 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  8. 200 Gms Paneer Cut all the veggies in square shape for better presentation
  9. 1 Number Tomato
  10. 1 Number Capsicum Green Bell Pepper
  11. 1/2 Cup Onion
  12. 1/2 Cup Curd Non-sweet Yogurt

Ingredients for Curry or Gravy

  1. 1/2 Cup Tomato Any ready-made puree or grind tomatoes to fine paste at home
  2. 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream or Malai from Milk as commonly known in India
  3. 4 Number Green Chili Chopped into small circular pieces
  4. 1/4 Cup Cilantro Coriander Leaves - Chopped into small pieces
  5. 2 Tbsp Oil
  6. 3 Tsp Dry Fenugreek leaves Kasoori Methi
  7. 1 Tsp Salt As per taste
  8. 1 Tsp Cornflour
  9. 1 Tsp Tomato Sauce Sweet
  10. 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds Roasted Powder
  11. 1/2 Tsp Ginger powder Dry
  12. 2 Inch Cinnamon Stick Optional
  13. 2 Number Black Cardamom Optional
  14. 5 Number Cloves Optional
  15. 1/2 Tsp Chat Masala Optional


Marinating Paneer Prep Time – 21 Minutes

  1. Ingredients for Paneer marination should now be ready.
    Ingredients for paneer marination
    Ingredients for paneer marination
  2. Add Paneer, Capsicum, Tomato and Onion in a bowl. Now add Ginger, Garlic and all spices designated for marination. Mix well.
    Mixing vegetables for paneer tikka marination
    Mixing vegetables for paneer tikka marination
  3. Add lemon juice, 2 Tsp Oil and curd yogurt. Mix well. Make sure that you use thick curd for best results.
    Marinate paneer for 20 minutes
    Marinate paneer for 20 minutes
  4. Keep it aside for 20 minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes of marination, lets start with making Paneer Tikka.

Making Paneer Tikka Cook time – 10 minutes

  1. Paneer Tikka is basically made with exposing the Paneer pieces to direct fire heat on a grill. You can use that method as well if you have the set up.

    We are using a slightly different method of shallow frying the Paneer pieces.
    Frying marinated paneer
    Frying marinated paneer
  2. Take a pan, add 2 Tbsp Oil and heat it on high flame for 2 minutes.
  3. We mostly use Olive for our recipes as it is considered healthy for heart. It is also good for people who have high cholesterol problem. You can use any other cooking Oil as you desire.

    Once Oil is hot, Turn the flame on medium and add the marinated Paneer including vegetables pieces in the pan.

    The idea is to roast each piece of Paneer and vegetable just like we do while grilling. Hence, it is advisable to pick a single piece either Paneer or a veggie at a time and add it to the pan. Just fill up the space you have and do not overload the pan.

    You can use a second iteration in case your pan is not big enough to hold all the pieces together in one attempt.
  4. The fragrance of roasted vegetables and spices is just awesome. Our cooking stove is electric. Follow the same instructions for high / medium/ low flames even if you use the Indian style direct fire flame stove.
  5. Let it roast/shallow-fry on medium flame for 1 minute and then turn the flame on high.
    Let it cook until Paneer and vegetables turn light golden brown in color.
  6. You would need to flip or turn over the pieces once they turn golden brown from one side. Keep an eye to avoid burning.

    Once you see the colors on both sides, switch off the stove and take it our in a bowl. We will use it later. Lets move on to making Gravy now.

Making Paneer Tikka Masala Gravy Cook time – 10 Minutes

  1. Ingredients for Gravy.
    Ingredients for paneer tikka masala gravy
    Ingredients for paneer tikka masala gravy
  2. Take a frying pan big enough to hold all the ingredients together. Add 2 tbsp of Oil and heat it on high flame for 3 minutes.
    Roasting tomato for gravy
    Roasting tomato for gravy
  3. Once Oil is hot, add Cinnamon, Cardamom and Cloves and roast for 1 minute.
  4. Whole spices add a unique flavor and essence to any dish. You can avoid them, if you don't have them readily available.
  5. Now add Tomato Puree and Green chili. Mix well and let it cook for 1 minute.
  6. During this 1 minute of idle time, take a separate bowl to dilute CornFlour in 1 Tbsp of water. Keep it aside.
  7. After 1 minute, turn the stove to medium flame. Add Tomato sweet Sauce, Kasoori Methi, roasted Cumin powder, dry Ginger powder, Salt, diluted CornFlour and mix well again. Let it cook on medium flame for 1 minute.
    Add tomato sauce, spices, methi to gravy
    Add tomato sauce, spices, methi to gravy
  8. After 1 minute, add cream or Malai and Paneer Tikka. Mix well.
    Add cream to gravy
    Add cream to gravy
  9. Now add Coriander leaves and Chat masala.
    Add marinated paneer to gravy
    Add marinated paneer to gravy
  10. Chat masala is optional, if you want to skip it. It gives it a bit of chatpata (tangy) flavor.
  11. Switch Off the stove. The delicious and rich Paneer Tikka Masala is ready to serve.

 Storage and Serving Suggestions

  1. Paneer tikka masala is served in main-course meals with breads like Paratha or Nan.
  2. Normally, you would also add a Dal Lentil soup like Dal Makhani to the meal with a Paneer sabzi Paneer dish.
  3. Paneer can be marinated for more time than suggested in this recipe in preparation for your party. You can prepare the gravy half and hour before serving.
  4. It can be refrigerated to preserve and consume for up-to 3 days for best taste. Re-heat using a Microwave or plain frying pan before serving again.
Paneer tikka masala - Main course
Paneer tikka masala - Main course
Paneer Tikka Masala curry
Paneer Tikka Masala curry
Paneer tikka masala with capsicum
Paneer tikka masala with capsicum

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