Friday, April 9, 2010

How to Make Paneer Tikka Masala

I should have made this post a week ago, but i could not manage to sit and write, as the Summer is So So Hot here in Chennai. Only if i post this Paneer Tikka Masala, my mind would think of Cooking or Making other post. So Here Iam with that Compulsion. There are two inspirations for me to try Paneer Tikka Masala. One. I read a recipe for PTM(Paneer Tikka Masala) in Aval Vikatan and Two. Bharathy's Paneer Tikka Pizza caught my eye. I mixed the both recipe's as far as i can and brought a Perfect Recipe for PTM. Paneer Tikka's tasted so Good as such than in the Gravy. so this is certainly a Keeper Recipe for Paneer Tikka's.

Paneer Tikka Masala
Paneer Tikka Masala Gravy

Paneer Tikka Recipe[Recipe for 2 or 3 adults.]

Tikka is referred to the pieces of Food, that is marinated with Curd and cooked.

Ingredients for Paneer Tikka:

Paneer - 200gms
Thick Curd - 7 tbsp's
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 and half spoon's
Kashmiri Chilli Powder - 1 spoon
Garam Masala - 1/4 spoon
Salt to Taste.


1. You need to have Thick Curd to prepare these Tikka's. So  Drain the Curd / Yogurt in a muslin cloth or cotton cloth for about 2 hrs atleast.
 But what i did is, i drained the water content in curd and squeezed the curd on cotton cloth furthur to drain it completely. as a end result, i got a very thick curd, i spooned out the cotton cloth to get the thick Curd.

2. Cut the Paneer into strip's or cubes.
Mix the thick Curd, Ginger Garlic Paste, Chilli Powder, Garam Masala and Salt to taste together. add Paneer Cubes to the masala's mixed and mix well, so that all the paneer cubes are well coated with the Masala.

3. Refrigerate the Marinating Paneer with the Masala's for 3 hours. Marinating Overnight is also welcome.

4. If you have a Oven, Arrange the Paneer Strip's in a Greased Foil sheet. Pre-Heat the oven and Grill / Broil the Marinated Paneer for 10 - 15 minutes at 500F /  250C. till the Paneer turn into Golden Colour.

5. To Prepare in the Tava / Dosa Kal, Heat the Tava and arrange the Marinated Paneer Cubes(5 to 7) for a shift and roast the Paneer in medium Heat. add oil on side's of the Paneer and turn upside down, to roast the other side too.

If you want to Grill the Paneer Tikka's in a skewer, with Capsicum, Onion and Tomato. Insert a Paneer Cube, a small onion, a tomato piece, a capsicum and a Paneer cube. Follow the order and grill at the above specified temperature.

Now Paneer Tikka's are Ready.

Paneer Tikka and Pizza Toppings

Paneer Tikka's from the Oven, arranged Paneer Tikka's for Pizza Toppings

Ingredients for Paneer Tikka Masala Gravy:

  One Onion
  Three Tomatoes
  One Green Chilli
  Oil - 2 spoons
  Cashews - 15 no.
  Chilli Powder - 2 spoon's ( as cashews reduce the spice, check and add chilli powder, to suit ur taste)
  Garam Masala - 1/ 4 tsp
  Chopped Corriander Leaves - 2 tbsp's ( To Garnish)


Heat Oil in a Pan. Add a diced Onion and saute it, till it turns translucent. add chopped Tomatoes and Green Chilli. saute them for 2 - 3 minutes. add the Cashews, the Chilli Powder, Garam Masala and salt to taste.Let them all get mix well. Cool them down and Grind into a Fine Paste with little water added.

 Heat the Pan and add the Grounded paste and let it Boil. add the Grilled Paneer cube's to the masala, just before serving and Serve with Chapathi's or Vegetable Pulao.

I Prepared Paneer Tikka Masala Pizza for Indian Flavoured Pizza's. I applied oil on both sides of the pizza base and spreaded the gravy of Paneer Tikka Masala over the base. then arranged the grilled Paneer Tikka's over the Gravy on base. arranged few capsicum slices and added mozarella cheese to the toppings. and baked the pizza at 200C for 15 minutes.

Have a Look at the Paneer Tikka Pizza..

Paneer Tikka Pizza


  1. wow, what a delectable and mouth watering paneer tikka...slurrrp..

  2. wow..this is awesome...looks yummy m creamy...nice click too

  3. Lovely pics Lavi...looks like PB masala....want to give it a try nexttime I get paneer! Pizza super...Clicks are gud...I wud prefer big pics :)

  4. wow beautiful presented and click the recipe sounds yummy.

  5. lovely mouth watering masala curry.

  6. It looks very inviting...and Pizza is also very very yummy!!

    Great job!!

  7. Wow this looks tempting........please keep the same pic size.I'll definitely try this.

  8. Good Idea!! :)..
    once with Tawa method the marinade sticks on to the tawa a little too much.So see to it you coat liberally :)..but tawa tikka tastes way better than the oven baked one..:)

  9. Tikka masala looks very very delicious, I have heard its too hot in Chennai now and I am praying for some rain.
    I`d prefer bigger pictures and can I know the reason for you opting for med size ones?

  10. This is an excellent post. I am going gaga looking at the perfect tikka and the pizza. Friday Night's are Pizza Night at my house..But i am having a feast looking at this!

  11. This is a definite keeper, bookmarked it. Wonderfully written dear. Thanks.

  12. I will go for the pizza, that look awesome! I hope it is already hot in Chennai!

  13. Awesome and delectable pizza, looks fabulous..

  14. Lord! in chennai heat you are baking. Wow! I will live on curd rice or water melon and forget the kitchen. I love paneer tikka and its great to add it to your pizza.Will send in my entry when I make the dough.Thank you.

  15. Looks very creamy and yummy, nice pics!

  16. Looks exactly like the one we get in the restaurants, lovely presentation.

  17. tikka masala mouth watering.very easy to prepare. paneer tikka and pizza very colourful and yummy.

  18. hi Lavi,

    I was looking for an easy to cook Paneer recipe and then i found this...thanks for the recipe

  19. Yum Yum! Wish I had a slice of that pizza!

  20. OMG this is mouth-drooling dish, just yummmmm :))

  21. Its so yummy surely i am going to try this in my home this weekend..... Check the site ,which is conducting an mother's day contest ,to participate click the below website

  22. Very nice one... Simply loved this definetely gonna try it out

  23. Awesome delicious recipe. Tempting and perfect. Happy to follow yours Lavi. Cute pictures too.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekran,

  24. awesome.... i just started cooking and its beena great help..:)

  25. Hi....ur recipe is great.....but the usual large sized pic looks really tempting.....plzz do post with large pictures..... :)

  26. The recipes seem to be very delicious and easy to prepare. Must try them out.

  27. Lovely idea..Will def try this...

  28. Good recipe :) I was thinking of learning Indian kitchen finally, so decided to start from my favourite - paneer!


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