February 24, 2015

Paneer tikka masala recipe - how to make restaurant style paneer tikka masala

Paneer tikka masala recipe - Today, I am sharing with you all a very famous, North Indian popular paneer tikka masala commonly listed in menu in almost all restaurants. Even in South India, it has gained popularity and  any Indian parties are incomplete without this side dish. Paneer tikka masala is one of our favorite side dishes. In fact, we like any dishes prepared with paneer, be it paneer tikka, paneer matar paratha, cauliflower paneer paratha or simple matar paneer masala. There are so many versions of making paneer tikka masala, but this one is the most authentic method of preparing restaurant style tikka masala which has inviting aroma with great taste. The only difference between the dish prepared by me and the dish served in the restaurant is that  I did not garnish the dish with fresh cream.  The smooth and saucy gravy really goes exceptionally well with all Indian flat breads, pulavs and even steamed rice. But, we like it with parathas and phulkas.

paneer tikka masala in a serving plate

Preparation time : 20 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
Makes 4 servings

2 cups paneer cubes
1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Fistful of chopped cilantro
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

For the marinade
1/2 cup thick yogurt
1 tbsp paneer tikka masala
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp salt

Grind to paste
18 - 20 cashew nuts/ kaju, soaked
2 large sized onions, grated
2 tomatoes, grated
4 cloves / lavang
1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
1/6" cinnamon / dalchini
3/4  star anise / chakra phul
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
3/4 tsp fennel seeds/ saunf, badishep
5 black pepper


Restaurant style paneer tikka masala recipe with step by step pictures.

Wash and soak the cashew nuts in cold water for 15 - 20 minutes. Take strained thick yogurt in a bowl. Add the chilli powder, paneer tikka masala, salt and mix.
soaked kaju and yogurt mixture

Add the paneer cubes and mix well. Keep it aside for 15 - 20 minutes.
paneer marinated

After 20 minutes, heat a non-stick pan and apply some oil on it. Place the paneer cubes along with thick yogurt. Cook the paneer on low flame till golden brown from the bottom. Turn the paneer cubes and cook the other side also till golden brown and set aside.
paneer tikka shallow friedon a griddle

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan, add the cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds,  star anise and saute till they crackle. Add the grated onions and saute.
fried spices and onions

Add the ginger garlic paste, fennel seeds and saute on low flame till the onions become translucent.
ginger garlic and fennel seeds added

Once the onions are translucent, add the grated tomatoes and cook covered on low flame till the tomatoes are soft and mushy.
grated tomato added

Add the garam masala, kashmiri chilli powder, turmeric powder and saute for a minute. Allow it to cool.
kashmiri chilli powder and garam masala added

Transfer the tomato onion mixture to a mixer jar. Add the soaked cashew nuts, black pepper and grind it to a smooth paste using 1/2 cup of water. Transfer the ground masala paste to a pan.
onion, tomato and cashews ground to paste

Add 1/2 cup of water and salt to make a thick gravy. Add paneer tikka, mix  and bring it to boil on medium heat. Further, simmer on low flame for 2 - 3 minutes. Remove the pan from heat, add chopped cilantro and mix well
Paneer tikka and cilantro added

Serve hot with choice of your Indian flat breads.
ready to serve paneer tikka masala


  • You can also make paneer tikka in the oven.
  • To make the paneer tikka in the oven, skewer the cubes and keep them on a greased tray. Keep the tray in the oven and roast for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, rotate the skewers and again roast for 5 minutes and set aside. 


  1. Super tempting masala

  2. So rich and creamy masala!

  3. Wt ever dish vth paneer msut tastes super tasty...would like to taste this masala vth rotis.

  4. Lovely masala dear.made it few days ago.

  5. mouthwatering one!!


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