Paneer Tikka Masala


Recently when I had buffet in Indian restaurant I tasted Paneer Tikka Masala. It was delicious, I could taste paneer butter masala flavor along with paneer tikka taste. I tried to combine my tofu butter masala and tofu tikka recipe; prepared this Paneer tikka Masala and happy with the results:-)

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Marination time : 2 hours | Cooking Time : 45 mins

Recipe Category: Side dish


For Tikka:

Paneer – 1 packet (225 gram)

For marination:

Hung Curd/Sour Cream – 3 tbsp +1 tsp (I used Sour Cream)

Pepper Powder – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp

Tandoori Masala  – 1 tsp

Chat Masala – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

How to make hung curd:

Hang 1/3 cup curd in a muslin cloth or any thin cloth for an hour to make the required hung curd.

For Gravy:

Onion – 2

Tomato – 3

Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp

Garam Masala powder- 1 tsp

Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Heavy Cream – 3 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as needed

Butter – 1 tbsp



  • Preheat the oven at 400 deg F
  • Cube the Paneer and keep it aside. In a separate bowl Mix the ingredients listed under ‘for marination’ and keep aside. Mix paneer with the marinated ingredients and keep refrigerated for 2 hours (minimum an hour). Take it out and arrange the Paneer in the baking tray

paneer tikka masala

  • Bake them for 15-18 mins, turning over in between for even cooking. Paneer tikka is ready


  • Boil onion and tomato in hot water and strain the water. When it comes to room temperature, blend them into fine paste© TraditionallyModernFood
  • Add butter to the pan. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the blended tomato and onion puree and cook for 3-5 minutes


  • Add garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and allow it to cook for 2-3mins


  • Add heavy cream and cook till it starts boiling. Add paneer tikka and cook for 2 minutes and switch off

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My Notes:

  • Instead of fresh cream you can add 1/3 cup of milk and cook for 5-8 minutes till the gravy become thick
  • If you are using a cinnamon stick, add it while tempering
  • Can marinate capsicum and onion along with paneer while preparing tikka and use it
  • This gravy goes well with any variety rice like fried rice as well as with naan/rotis
  • I boiled the onions and tomatoes, blended them, instead can sauté them in oil and grind them

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32 thoughts on “Paneer Tikka Masala

  1. sarithakumbakkara February 18, 2015 at 6:58 AM Reply

    Superb paneer recipe! Will surely try this one!

  2. Francesca Trucco January 1, 2015 at 2:58 PM Reply

    Thanks for your final notes they definitely are very useful!!! happy ney year again !!!

  3. dilip December 29, 2014 at 7:24 PM Reply

    i like paneer in any form will surely try this one. Thanks a ton and wish you a very happy new year 🙂

  4. leggypeggy December 29, 2014 at 5:02 AM Reply

    I love paneer and this recipe looks fabulous. Thanks for posting.

  5. platedujour December 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM Reply

    You know that I’ve never tried paneer! And I will next time when I’m at any Indian restaurant, because I see it very often posted in our veggie group- by the way by reading your blog I’ve learnt a few things and was able to identify them properly last time when I was at the Indian place 🙂 It was good to know ! xx

    • Traditionally Modern Food December 29, 2014 at 12:40 AM Reply

      I m so glad to hear such comment from you Marta:-) glad you like it, do try it dear:-)

  6. Marcela (tortadellafiglia) December 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM Reply

    Omg. Looks amazing! I wanna try it so bad!!!

  7. Eddie Two Hawks December 28, 2014 at 7:54 AM Reply

    Wishing you a most special and spiritual 2015.
    peace in our time, Eddie

  8. rishabberi December 28, 2014 at 12:08 AM Reply


  9. HotDish December 27, 2014 at 5:56 PM Reply

    Yum…looks delicious! I love paneer and I love tikka masala, but I have never had them together. Sounds so tasty!

    • Traditionally Modern Food December 29, 2014 at 12:37 AM Reply

      I m sure you will like paneer and Tikka together.. Waiting to here from you. Thanku:-)

  10. apuginthekitchen December 27, 2014 at 8:10 AM Reply

    That looks delicious. Your paneer is so golden brown I will have to try the oven method, I always cook in a pan on the stovetop.

  11. Chitra Jagadish December 27, 2014 at 3:53 AM Reply

    Wow looks fabulous- love love love it…. 🙂

  12. swapnakarthik December 27, 2014 at 3:40 AM Reply

    Looks so delicious….

  13. spiceinthecity December 27, 2014 at 1:58 AM Reply

    Delicious Vidya!!

  14. June Burns December 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM Reply

    Ah, I love paneer tikka masala! Used to buy it all the time from takeaway places…only made it once though. Maybe sometime soon!

  15. The Zero-Waste Chef December 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM Reply

    This looks perfect. I have yet to try a paneer dish. I especially like paneer with a tomato and onion based sauce. Yum!

    • Traditionally Modern Food December 29, 2014 at 12:36 AM Reply

      Try paneer this way.. I m sure you will like ir

      • The Zero-Waste Chef December 31, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        I will try it. I have been planning on making my own paneer too. My daughter has made it a few times and it’s really good. I’ll use it for this.

        Happy new year!

      • Traditionally Modern Food January 6, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        Thanku Do try waiting to hear from you:-)

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