Paneer Tikka Masala Curry (Restaurant Style)

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Paneer Tikka Masala is a very famous Indian curry dish. A preparation where marinated and grilled Paneer also known as cottage cheese is simmered in creamy-spicy onion-tomato based gravy. Along with Paneer I like to have diced onion and bell pepper tikka also in my curry. Onion and pepper adds nice crunch to the dish. Paneer is good source of protein and used in many curry dishes in Indian cuisine. Paneer Tikka Masala is one the favorite paneer dish prepared for vegetarians.

Originally “Tikkas” are cooked in Tandoor which gives a subtle smoky charcoal flavor to the dish.  For this recipe I have grilled marinated paneer and veggies on tawa/griddle which taste equally good. This dish is creamy, full of flavors and taste good when prepared slightly on spicer side. This dish goes very well with any variety of Indian bread and steamed rice. Give this my version of Paneer Tikka Recipe a try and Enjoy!!!

Step by Step Instructions with Photos

Dice Vegetables and Paneer

  1. Dice the paneer, onion and bell pepper in square shaped cubes around 1 inch.
  2. For this recipe use big pieces of onion and use the scrap and small pieces for gravy.

For Marinade

  1. In a large mixing bowl take hung curd, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, black pepper powder, kasuri Methi and ajwain. and whisk it well till it smoothens.
  1. Add 1 Tbsp. of oil and ginger garlic paste to the curd. Mix.
  2. Add besan, lemon juice and salt, whisk everything well.
  1. First add bell pepper and onion to the marinade and give it a mix.
  1. Add paneer and give it a gentle mix until pieces are coated with marination very well.
  1. Refrigerate the marinade mix for at least 30 minutes, if possible, for 2 hours to marinate well.
  2. After 2 hours take out the mix from refrigerator and bring the marinated paneer and veggies at room temperature.
  3. While marinade is in refrigerate, next work on onion and tomato paste.

For Tomato and Onion paste

  • Brown onion paste:
  1. Slice onion lengthwise or in small pieces. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a pan, add onions and pan fry until golden brown. Switch off the flame and let onions cool down completely. Once cool grind it to make a smooth paste.
  • Tomato-cashew puree:
  1. Soak cashews and bring a pot of water to a boil to blanch tomatoes. Give a slit on tomatoes as shown in pic and add tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel around 1 minute.
  1. Let tomatoes rest until cool enough to handle, and then remove peel and chop.
  2. Grind tomatoes and cashews to make a puree.

For Tikka

  1. After 30 minutes take out the marinated paneer mix from refrigerator and bring the marinated paneer and veggies at room temperature.
  2. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. of oil in a wide pan/tawa, arrange a layer of paneer and veggies, fry till the marinade dries up and turn golden brown, flipping the pieces to all sides. Switch off the flame and keep tikkas on the side.

For Paneer Tikka Masala Curry

  1. In a pan heat 2 Tbsp. of oil and add cumin, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Once cumin sizzle adds ginger-garlic paste. Sauté until raw smell goes away.
  2. Next add in brown onion paste and dry spices: red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, black pepper powder, mix and sauté for 1 minute.
  1. Add tomato-cashew puree to gravy and season with salt. 
  1. Sauté the gravy for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Now add ¼ cup of water to the left-over marinade mix and add it to the gravy. Mix and sauté until gravy separates the oil.
  1. Add kasuri methi crushing between your palms. Next add in paneer, onion and bell pepper tikka to the gravy. Mix well and cook for 8-10 minutes. Add water if required.
  1. Lastly add cream and garnish with chopped coriander. Paneer tikka masala is ready to serve. Serve hot with Indian bread or steamed recipe.

Recipe Card

Paneer Tikka Masala Curry (Restaurant Style)

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 40 min Total Time 1 hr 10 mins Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

Paneer Tikka Masala is a very famous Indian curry dish. A preparation where marinated and grilled Paneer also known as cottage cheese is simmered in creamy-spicy onion-tomato based gravy. This dish is creamy, full of flavors and taste good when prepared slightly on spicer side. This dish goes very well with any variety of Indian bread and steamed rice. 

Ingredients

For Veggies

For Marinade

For Tomato and Onion paste

For Paneer Tikka Masala

Instructions

For Veggies

  1. Dice the paneer, onion and bell pepper in square shaped cubes around 1 inch.

  2. For this recipe use big pieces of onion and use the scrap and small pieces for gravy.

For Marinade

  1. In a large mixing bowl take hung curd, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, black pepper powder, kasuri Methi and ajwain. and whisk it well till it smoothens.

  2. Add 1 Tbsp. of oil and ginger garlic paste to the curd. Mix.

  3. Add besan, lemon juice and salt, whisk everything well.

  4. First add bell pepper and onion to the marinade and give it a mix.

  5. Add paneer and give it a gentle mix until pieces are coated with marination very well.

  6. Refrigerate the marinade mix for at least 30 minutes, if possible, for 2 hours to marinate well.

  7. After 2 hours take out the mix from refrigerator and bring the marinated paneer and veggies at room temperature.

  8. While marinade is in refrigerate, next work on onion and tomato paste.

For Tomato and Onion paste

    • Brown onion paste:

    Slice onion lengthwise or in small pieces. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a pan, add onions and pan fry until golden brown. Switch off the flame and let onions cool down completely. Once cool grind it to make a smooth paste.

    • Tomato-cashew puree:

    Soak cashews and bring a pot of water to a boil to blanch tomatoes. Give a slit on tomatoes as shown in pic and add tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel around 1 minute.

  1. Let tomatoes rest until cool enough to handle, and then remove peel and chop.

  2. Grind tomatoes and cashews to make a puree.

For Tikka

  1. After 30 minutes take out the marinated paneer mix from refrigerator and bring the marinated paneer and veggies at room temperature.

  2. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. of oil in a wide pan/tawa, arrange a layer of paneer and veggies, fry till the marinade dries up and turn golden brown, flipping the pieces to all sides. Switch off the flame and keep tikkas on the side.

For Paneer Tikka Masala Curry

  1. In a pan heat 2 Tbsp. of oil and add cumin, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Once cumin sizzle adds ginger-garlic paste. Sauté until raw smell goes away.

  2. Next add in brown onion paste and dry spices: red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, black pepper powder, mix and sauté for 1 minute.

  3. Add tomato-cashew puree to gravy and season with salt. 

  4. Sauté the gravy for 8-10 minutes.

  5. Now add ¼ cup of water to the left-over marinade mix and add it to the gravy. Mix and sauté until gravy separates the oil.

  6. Add kasuri methi crushing between your palms. Next add in paneer, onion and bell pepper tikka to the gravy. Mix well and cook for 8-10 minutes. Add water if required..

  7. Lastly add cream and garnish with chopped coriander. Paneer tikka masala is ready to serve. Serve hot with Indian bread or steamed recipe.

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Rekha Nahata

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I am Rekha Nahata - a mother, wife, daughter and a friend who is passionate about cooking. I bring you a collection of my tried and tested recipes that are  delicious and easy to prepare. My step by step instruction guide will help you understand not only the procedure but also make cooking not a task anymore! 

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