Paneer Tikka Masala

When paneer tikka is served with a gravy, it is called paneer tikka masala. It is also served as with a wrap, paneer tikka roll, where the paneer tikka is wrapped into an Indian bread and served. A variant of paneer tikka is also made as a kebab.
Paneer tikka is made from chunks of paneer marinated in spices and grilled in a tandoor. It is a vegetarian alternative to chicken tikka and other meat dishes. These sticks are grilled in a tandoor and the dish is thereafter served hot, seasoned with lemon juice and chaat masala. It is sometimes accompanied by salad or mint chutney. Tikka dishes traditionally go well with mint chutney. The paneer, though tender, has a crisp singe on the surface.
Over the years, there have been several variations, such as Kashmiri paneer tikka, where the paneer is stuffed with chopped almonds and grilled, a variety of Chinese food, paneer tikka masala chow mein, and dosa stuffed with paneer tikka.

Watch the video below to prepare Paneer Tikka. If you don’t have tandoor, follow the video below to bake paneer on the Tawa.

Following video can be watched to prepare the gravy.

Paneer Tikka Masala
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Recipe Creator: Bhavna
For Paneer Tikka Marinade
  • Paneer- 400 gms (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • Thick Yoghurt-2 cups
  • Lemon Juice-1 tbsp
  • Crushed Ginger-1 tsp
  • Crushed Garlic-1 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp (I use Tandoor Masala)
  • Chaat Masala 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp
  • Red chili/paprika-1 tsp
  • Salt-to taste
For the Gravy Sauce
  • Canned tomato puree-3 cups
  • Crushed Ginger-2 tsp
  • Crushed Garlic-2 tsp
  • Ground Cumin-1 tsp
  • Ground Coriander-1 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp
  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp
  • Sugar-1 tbsp
  • Water-1/2 cup
  • Light Cream-1/3 cup
  • Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek)-1 tbsp
  • Butter-1 tbsp
  • Oil-1 tbsp
  • Ground Black Pepper 1/4 tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  1. In a ziplock bag or the bowl marinade the paneer along with all the ingredients and let it sit in the fridge for 2 hrs.
  2. Place the marinated paneer onto a foil lined greased baking sheet or arrange on the skewer and broil until golden.Keep aside.
  3. In a pan heat the butter and oil and add the ginger and garlic.
  4. Saute for 1-2 minutes until the raw smell disappears.
  5. Add the tomato puree and all the spices, salt and sugar.Cook on medium for about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Add the water and continue to cook for about a minute.
  7. Add the cream, ground black pepper and kasoori methi. Check the seasonings.
  8. Add the broiled paneer into the sauce and simmer for about 8-10 minutes until well incorporated.
  9. Enjoy with Naan or Rice!

You may also like my Veg Tikka Masala if you decide to make without paneer.