Friday, December 16, 2011

Paneer Tikka Masala

I love my Paneer Tikka.Most of the times,it features on my order list when we dine out and by my own judgement,if the Paneer tikka is good,the main course would be awesome too.Recently,we had it at Dhabba Express,Cenotaph road and were licking our fingers,it was that good.
I wanted to recreate it at home one day for lunch but I had not marinated the ingredients ahead in time.So did a twist there and made this well recommended Paneer Tikka Masala from Vahrevah.The recipe is very simple to put together and works well even if you are in a hurry.I had prepared Jeera Rice and Raita and this made for a Jhakaas combo.
Paneer Tikka Masala

For the marinade-

Paneer - 200gms,cut into cubes
Capsicum - 1,chopped
Onion - 1,chopped 
Tomato - 1,chopped
Thick curd - 1/2 cup
Red chilly powder - 2 tsp
Kasoori methi - 1 tsp,crushed
Salt to taste
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Oil - 1/2 tsp

For the gravy

Oil - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1 big,chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
All purpose flour/maida - 1 tsp
Tomato puree - 3/4 cup(puree 2 medium tomatoes to get this amount)
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup,chopped

Mix together the ingredients for the marinade,starting with curd,chilly powder,kasoori methi,salt,lime juice and oil.
Tip in the cut vegetables and mix well,keep this aside to marinate for 15 minutes or so till you prepare the gravy for the curry.

In a kadai add oil and crackle cumin seeds.Tip in the chopped onions and saute till they start turning golden.Add a pinch of turmeric and ginger garlic paste.
Add maida and keep stirring.Cook it for 3-5 minutes till the raw smell of maida and ginger garlic paste disappears.

Simultaneously,in a flat tawa add a tsp of oil and saute the marinated vegetables till they get cooked and browned evenly on both sides.
Add tomato puree to the sauteed onions and mix well.Mix in coriander powder,cumin powder,garam masala and saute till you see oil floating on top.Add water and let the whole thing come to a boil.Simmer for a while,about 5 minutes.

Add the roasted vegetables and paneer to the boiling gravy and mix well.Check seasoning.Cook for 5-7 minutes and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.


  1. paneer tikka masala tops my list in paneer it 2 d core

  2. Divya droling over the curry :) paneer tikka is my all time fav too :)

  3. Well made paneer tikka is not something you get everywhere,dry and rubbery paneer is such a put-off!

    I love the contrast of textures of soft paneer and crunchy capsicum, yumm! Jhakaas for sure :)

  4. Looks like restaurant gravy..yummmy

  5. I am a Paneer lover too! and Paneer Tikka Masala tops the list! Indeed the combo is Jhakaas:-)

  6. This looks good. I love any dish with paneer.

  7. This looks simple, yet so delicious :) I hope you don't mind but I'm so inspired I've included this post in my Friday Food Fetish roundup. Thanks for sharing and MOAR please :)

  8. I love the way you have described the combo, "jhakaas". Paneer tikka masala looks really inviting.

  9. Great recipe, one of my fav dishes. Is this out of your new kitchen??

  10. yummy!!
    thanks for the recipe.


  11. Paneer tikka masala and jeera rice must have made a delicious combo! Love the first pic..

  12. awesome...very tempting and delicious paneer dish..all time favourite

  13. I love any dish with paneer,tempting masala.

  14. Hi Divya,thanks for the recipe.
    i tried it yesterday and it was perfect with ghee rice.
    received a lot of compliments from my Husband.thank you


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