Paneer Tikka Masala


By far the most famous Indian dish there is. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a restaurant where Chicken Tikka Masala and Paneer Tikka Masala haven’t been on the menu.

It’s a crowd pleaser and for good cause. Traditionally the paneer is made in a tandoor giving it an amazing clay oven taste and then it’s cooked in a rich, savory, and slightly sweet gravy. All in all paneer tikka masala is amazing.

I absolutely love this dish. I traditionally like my curry with meat but the rich creaminess of the paneer really makes this dish fabulous. It’s one of the things that I love about Indian food. There are so many amazing vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free dishes, that you really don’t feel like you’re missing out.

Not the easiest dish to make, given that you have to make the paneer first and then the curry. However, if there’s store bought paneer you like, you can always cut down your prep time by half and go that way.

I love serving this with paranthas, keema, cucumber raita, and kufli for dinner. But you could easily pair this with any sabji or meat dish.

Fun fact #92: People think/say/pretend this is an Indiand/Punjabi dish…it’s not, it’s British, and was a way to use older paneer :p

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Paneer Tikka Masala

Course: Main CoursesCuisine: British, PunjabiDifficulty: Medium


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  • For Marinade:
  • 2 lbs paneer, cubed

  • 1 1/2 cup plain yogurt

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 5 tbsp ginger, minced

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp garam masala, ground

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 3 tbsp cumin seed, ground

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper

  • For Gravy:
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 1 1/4 large onion, finely diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, pureed

  • 2 tbsp ginger, pureed

  • 1 chili pepper, finely minced

  • 1 tsp chili flakes

  • 2 whole dried chili peppers

  • 1 Indian bay leaf

  • 2 tbsp whole garam masala, ground

  • 1 tbsp cumin, ground

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 2 tbsp coriander seed, ground

  • 1 cup water

  • 6 tomatoes, pureed

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • Salt, to taste

  • Cilantro for garnish

Equipment/Specialty Items


  • Marinade:
  • Make paneer the day before.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk yogurt till smooth.
  • Add in garlic, ginger, lemon juice, garam masala, turmeric, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  • Mix in paneer and coat evenly.
  • Refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Cooking Paneer:
  • Preheat the broiler and position a rack about 8 inches from the heat.
  • Remove the paneer from the marinade.
  • Place the pieces of paneer on a baking sheet.
  • Broil the paneer, turning over from time to time to ensure even cooking, for approximately 5-10 minutes or until the outside has brown/crispy spots.
  • Making the Gravy:
  • Heat oil and butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Saute onions until deep brown, approximately 15 minutes. Make sure to continue stirring to avoid burning.
  • Add in garlic and ginger, saute till fragrant, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Add in chili pepper, chili flakes, whole dried chili, and Indian bay leaf. Saute till fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
  • Add in garam masala, cumin, turmeric, and ground coriander seeds. Cook till fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
  • Stir in water.
  • Pour in pureed tomatoes and cayenne pepper. Let simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and turns deep brownish red.
  • Stir in cream, sugar, and salt. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • At this point the sauce should be thick and bubbling. If it’s too thick add in water.
  • Add in paneer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add in salt.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with fresh roti.

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Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 40.3g 62%
    • Saturated Fat 21.4g 105%
  • Cholesterol 115mg 39%
  • Sodium 1463mg 61%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 969mg 28%
  • Total Carbohydrate 32.2g 11%
    • Dietary Fiber 4.5g 16%
    • Sugars 10.9g
  • Protein 25.5g 50%
  • Calcium 49%
  • Iron 30%
  • Vitamin D 117%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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  1. Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

    1. Priya Author says:

      So glad you liked it! It’s always one of my favorites.

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