The best homemade paneer tikka masala recipe you’ll ever taste! It’s one of the popular restaurant style paneer recipes.
Paneer tikka is made with marinated paneer cubes, onions, and colorful peppers. After soaking up the flavors of the marinade, they are baked into the oven or grilled on the stovetop. Let’s go one step further and make delicious, flavorful, creamy Punjabi gravy masala. Then grilled tikka are added into the gravy and the dish called paneer tikka masala.
This simple paneer tikka masala is packed with flavor. Pan fry pieces of paneer until golden brown and then bathe them in a rich tomato sauce. The paneer tikka masala is so good that you’ll want to lick the bowl!
Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe – a simple vegetarian weeknight meal!
Now that tomatoes are in season, I want to cook with them all the time. They have robust flavor and add a lovely hue to your dishes. One of my favorite things to cook with tomatoes is chicken tikka masala. “Tikka” in Indian cuisine refers to pieces of meat or vegetables marinated in spices. “Masala” refers to blends of spices in paste or powder form. Chicken tikka masala, then, is a dish of cooked marinated chicken pieces that’s bathed in a rich tomato sauce.
In this recipe, I make a vegetarian version using paneer instead of chicken. Although I use a number of spices in this paneer tikka masala recipe, it is simple to cook. The paneer has a lovely flavorful crust on the outside, and it pair so well with the masala sauce.
Paneer tikka masala (spicy)
Vegetarian • Gluten free
1 tbsp: Coriander, ground
6 cloves: Garlic
3 tsp: Ginger
1: Onion, medium
Pasta & grains
1: Basmati rice or jasmine rice, cooked
Baking & spices
1/2 tsp: Black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 tsp: Cayenne pepper
1 tsp: Garam masala
2 1/4 tsp: Kosher salt
3 tsp: Paprika
1: Red pepper flakes
2 tsp: Sugar
1/2 tsp: Turmeric
Oils & vinegars
5 tbsp: Safflower or canola oil
Nuts & seeds
1 tsp: Cumin
3 tbsp: Heavy cream
14 oz: Paneer
6 tbsp: Whole milk yogurt, plain
3/4 cup: Water
Preparation & Marination
1)We need thick yogurt (hung curd) for marination. Take the yogurt in a cheesecloth or muslin cloth or cotton handkerchief. Twist or tie lightly on top and keep it in a colander. Keep bowl underneath to collect the liquid. Keep it in the fridge for 1 hour and let the excess water drain out.
2)Then you will have really thick yogurt ready, take that in a bowl.
3)Add ginger paste, garlic paste, red chili powder, garam masala, kasoori methi, coriander powder, salt, and lemon juice.
5) Add paneer cubes, onions, and peppers.
paneer, onion and peppers in the marinade
Mix everything really well so all the marinade is coated well. Cover and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour. More marination time does not hurt.
Grilling Paneer And Veggies (3 Methods):
Method 1: on the stovet kyap without skewers. Heat the nonstick pan on medium heat and add a generous amount of oil. Oil should coat the bottom of the pan. Once hot add marinated cubes in a single layer. You may need to do it in batches.
pan frying paneer and veggies
When paneer gets light golden color flip them and cook another side. Cook the veggies till they are 80% cooked. Remove them to a plate and keep it aside.
Method 2: )Bake in the oven. Preheat the oven 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil for easy cleaning. Arrange the veggies and paneer on the skewer. Brush the generous amount of oil on all the sides and bake into the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove, flip them and apply oil. Again bake for 10-12 minutes.
grilled paneer tikka in the oven
Method 3: )on the stovetop with skewers. Arrange the cubes on the skewer. Depending on the size of the pan you may need to break the skewer in pieces. Heat the nonstick pan on medium heat, add some oil. Once hot, place the skewers and cook by flipping them till it becomes golden from all the sides. It takes around 2-3 minutes.
grilling paneer on the stove top
How to make paneer (cube cheese) Masala (spicy) Tikka ?
1)Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
2)Then add chopped onion and sprinkle some salt to speed up the process.
3)Let it get soft and light brown in color.
4)Add ginger paste and garlic paste
5)Mix and cook for a minute or till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes away.
6)Mix in the tomato puree.
7)Cook till all the moisture evaporates and oil starts to leave the sides of the pan. do stir in between.
8)Add cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, and turmeric powder.
9)Mix and cook for a minute.
10)Add 1 cup of water and let the gravy come to a boil. and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Adjust the water quantity as per your liking gravy consistency.
11)Stir in garam masala and kasoori methi.
12)Add prepared tikka.
13)Mix well and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Lastly, add cream.Mix well.
To give smokey flavor to the curry, follow this method. You can skip this if do not care for a smokey flavor. My veggies and paneer pieces were charred slightly, so I have skipped it.
Place a small bowl in the center of the pan.
Take a small piece of charcoal (natural lump charcoal) and heat up on open flame with the use of tongs. Heat it till it gets red hot.
Put the hot charcoal in a small bowl. Make sure charcoal is not touching the food.
Drizzle a ½ teaspoon of ghee over it and immediately the smoke will start to come out.
Immediately cover the pan and leave it for 5 minutes.
Then remove the charcoal and bowl. Paneer tikka masala is ready to serve.
Making Paneer Tikka Masala Ahead Of Time:
If you are planning to make it for a large group and want to make it ahead of time then you can prepare the tikka and gravy beforehand and store them separately. At the time of serving reheat the gravy, add tikka and serve hot.
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