Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

When looking for a warm, comforting meal, Indian food offers a wide array of dishes that fit the bill. Known for its spices, Indian food is packed with flavor, and made with hearty ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied. This paneer tikka masala recipe brought to us by recipe developer Miriam Hahn is one of those special recipes that you will want to make time and time again. 

"My favorite thing about this recipe is how flavorful the creamy tomato gravy is [when] paired with the marinated vegetables and roasted paneer that is toasted on the outside, and soft in the middle." Hahn shares. "It also tastes even better the next day as the flavors continue to meld, making this a great meal prep recipe." Hahn says. Once sealed up in a glass container, it will last all week in the fridge, which is a win for busy families everywhere. 

Gather the ingredients for paneer tikka masala

There are quite a few ingredients needed for this recipe, but don't let that scare you — most of them are various spices. In terms of produce, you will need some fresh ginger, garlic, red and white onions, green pepper, lime, tomatoes, cilantro, and a lemon. Also, grab some paneer cheese, Greek yogurt, water, oil, and heavy cream. For spices, you'll need salt, sugar, coriander, chili powder, garam masala, smoked paprika, cumin seeds, curry powder, and turmeric. 

Marinate the paneer and vegetables

Chop the onion into quarters, and separate the petals. Chop the green pepper into large chunks, and the paneer into cubes. These are going to go on a skewer, so bigger chunks will work best. Grate the ginger, and crush 2 garlic cloves. Add ½ the ginger to a bowl, along with the crushed garlic, ½ teaspoon of salt, coriander, ¼ teaspoon chili powder, garam masala, smoked paprika, Greek yogurt, and lime juice. Add the cut veggies and paneer to the bowl, stir, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Make the tomato gravy

While the ingredients are marinating, roughly chop the remaining garlic, white onion, and tomatoes. Grab a large frying pan, add the oil, and heat over medium-high. Drop in the cumin seeds, and let them sizzle for a couple of minutes, then add in the cut garlic, remaining grated ginger, and onion. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, until they start to soften up, then add the tomatoes, the remaining salt, remaining chili powder, curry powder, turmeric, and sugar. Cook for 10 minutes, then cool, and blend in a blender, or with an immersion blender. Set aside the tomato gravy for later. 

Bake the paneer and vegetables

Preheat the oven to 400 F. "I like to line the baking tray with parchment paper for easy clean up. The marinade can be quite messy," Hahn shares. Remove the marinated paneer and vegetables from the refrigerator, and skewer them onto 4 metal or bamboo skewers, alternating the paneer, onion, and green pepper. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, or until browned. That being said, you can also do this step on the grill, or on a grill pan on your stovetop.

Simmer, and serve the paneer tikka masala

While the paneer and vegetable skewers are cooking, pour the blended tomato gravy into a large frying pan or soup pot, and heat over medium. Add the water and heavy cream, and simmer for 12 minutes. Hahn tells us that you may not need the water if you prefer the gravy on the thicker side, so feel free to leave that out, if desired. After cooking for 12 minutes, stir in the chopped cilantro, and lemon juice. Once cooked, remove the paneer and vegetables from the skewers, and add them to the pan with the sauce. Simmer for another 5 minutes, then serve. For the finishing touches, you can optionally top with fresh cilantro or parsley, and serve with rice, and naan or pita bread for dipping.

Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe
5 from 39 ratings
Indian food is incredibly warm and comforting, and this paneer tikka masala recipe will become your next staple dinner recipe.
Prep Time
45
minutes
Cook Time
50
minutes
Servings
4
Servings
paneer tikka masala with rice
Total time: 95 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 8 ounces paneer
  • 2-inch ginger root, divided
  • 5 garlic cloves, divided
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder, divided
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 white onion,
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lemon, juiced
Optional Ingredients
  • cooked rice
  • naan or pita bread
  • chopped cilantro or parsley
  • lime wedges
Directions
  1. Cut the red onion into wedges, and cut the green pepper into chunks. Chop the paneer into cubes. Grate the ginger, and crush 2 cloves of garlic.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the ½ the grated ginger, crushed garlic, red onion, green pepper, paneer cubes, Greek yogurt, ½ teaspoon of salt, coriander, ¼ teaspoon chili powder, garam masala, smoked paprika, and lime juice. Cover, and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate.
  3. While the ingredients marinade, roughly chop the remaining 3 cloves of garlic, white onion, and tomatoes into medium-sized chunks. Heat the oil in a large frying pan to medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the onion, remaining ginger, and garlic, and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the tomatoes, the remaining salt, the remaining chili powder, curry powder, turmeric, and sugar. Cook for 10 minutes, cool, then blend in a blender, and set aside.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 F, and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Remove the marinated paneer and vegetables from the refrigerator, and skewer them onto 4 metal or bamboo skewers alternating the paneer, onion, and green pepper.
  6. Lay them on the baking tray, and bake 12 minutes, or until the paneer and vegetables are browned.
  7. While the vegetables and paneer cook, pour the blended tomato gravy into a large frying pan or soup pot, and heat over medium. Add the water and cream, and simmer for 12 minutes. Then, add the cilantro and lemon juice.
  8. When the vegetable skewers are done, remove the paneer and vegetables from the skewers, and add them into the frying pan with the tomato gravy. Simmer for another 5 minutes, then serve with optional ingredients.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 243
Total Fat 12.8 g
Saturated Fat 5.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 29.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 23.6 g
Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
Total Sugars 13.1 g
Sodium 842.6 mg
Protein 11.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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