Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

How To Make Paneer Tikka Masala

Enjoy a healthier bite in this protein-rich paneer tikka masala for an Indian special. This dish serves paneer cheese with spicy and rich gravy.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 45 minutes



For Marinade:

  • 1cupplain yogurt,thick
  • 1tsplemon juice
  • 1tspfresh ginger paste,from tube
  • 1tspfresh garlic paste,from tube
  • ¾tspgaram masala
  • ¼tspturmeric
  • 1tspfresh hot chili paste,from tube
  • 1tsphot paprika
  • 2tbspvegetable oil
  • ¼tspkosher salt
  • 250g*homemade paneer,(see Recipe Notes for recipe) cut into 1-inch wide and 2-inch long

For Gravy:

  • 1tbspunsalted butter
  • tspfresh garlic paste,from tube or diced
  • tspfresh ginger paste,from tube or diced
  • 16oztomato puree
  • 2tspgranulated sugar
  • 1tspgaram masala
  • 1tspground cumin
  • ¾tspground coriander
  • ½tspred chili powder
  • ¼tspturmeric
  • cupwater
  • 2tspdried fenugreek leaves
  • ¼cupheavy whipping cream
  • kosher salt,to taste

For Serving:

  • fresh cilantro leaves,torn, for garnish
  • 4cupcooked rice



  1. Combine all ingredients except the paneer cubes in a bowl and whisk together.

  2. Add the paneer cubes and gently spoon the marinade over to cover them.

  3. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.


  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Add the tomato puree, sugar, garam masala, cumin, coriander, red chili powder, and turmeric; stir to fully combine.

  3. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and allow to simmer, stirring periodically for 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. While the sauce is simmering, remove the paneer cubes from the marinade and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat and place them underneath the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.

  5. Add the water and simmer for 5 additional minutes.

  6. Stir in the cream and fenugreek, add the paneer cubes and simmer for 10 minutes.

  7. Salt to taste.

  8. Serve over rice with a garnish of cilantro leaves. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Check out the Homemade Paneer Indian Cheese Recipe to learn how to make this creamy cheese.


  • Calories: 338.10kcal
  • Fat: 14.25g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.55g
  • Trans Fat: 0.11g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.84g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.34g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.79g
  • Fiber: 2.81g
  • Sugar: 8.24g
  • Protein: 11.03g
  • Cholesterol: 31.07mg
  • Sodium: 709.01mg
  • Calcium: 145.01mg
  • Potassium: 445.37mg
  • Iron: 3.37mg
  • Vitamin A: 115.27µg
  • Vitamin C: 9.36mg
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