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Oct 1, 2012

Paneer Tikka & Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka is an Indian dish made from chunks of Paneer marinated in spices and grilled in a tandoori. It is a popular dish that is widely available in Indian Restaurants. Chunks of Paneer, are marinated in spices and are then arranged on a stick with capsicums, and tomatoes. These sticks are grilled in a tandoor and the dish is thereafter served hot, seasoned with lemon juice and chaat masala. When Paneer Tikka is served with gravy, it is called Paneer Tikka masala.  I made it at home and it came out very well.   It can be made in the oven, on the stove top or in a Tandoor. Here I cooked it in the Electric Skillet.

 Paneer cubes      -                                  2 cups
Green Bell Pepper/Capsicum                      1 no
Tomato                                                 1 no
(Cut Paneer and Veggies into 1” square pieces)
Butter                                                  1tsp
Ajwain                                                   1/4tsp.
Satay bamboo sticks                               few
For the Marinade
Ginger pastes                                        1 tbsp.
Mustard paste                                       ½ tsp.   
Thick Yogurt                                         1/4 cup
Kashmiri Red chili powder                      1 tsp.
Gram masala                                       1 tsp.
Turmeric Powder                                  1/4tsp.
Lemon juice                                       2tsp.
Besan                                                1 tsp.
Corn flour                                          1tbsp.
Oil                                                     1tbsp
 Sugar                                                ½ tsp.
Salt                                                    to taste.         
For Garnish
Coriander leaves
Lemon Juice
Chat masala                                     3 pinches
For Garnish

Method For the Tikkas
  • Heat the butter in a pan, put Ajwain, besan flour. Roast it till you get nutty flavor. Mix it with corn flour. Add little water and Blend it well.  Keep aside.
  • Take a bowl, add besan mixture, curd, red chili powder, gram masala, sugar, mustard paste  and salt.
  • Heat one teaspoon of oil, add turmeric powder in it.  Add it to above mixture. Blend whole thing very well.
  • Mix Paneer cubes, capsicum cubes and tomato cubes into the marinade mixture.  Mix it very well. And leave it  in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Soak the satay sticks in the cold water for ½ an hour.
  • Arrange the marinated vegetables and Paneer on a skewer. Grill it in a tawa/skillet, until slightly golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with chaat masala, coriander leaves and lemon juice over the Paneer Tikka and serve as appetizer  .

Method for the Paneer Tikka Masala:

Ingredients For Tikka Masala
Marinade Paneer and vegetables
Tomato puree                                       1 1/2 cup
Butter                                                  1 Tsp.
Ginger Paste                                         1 Tsp.
Tandoori masala                                    1 Tsp.
Bay leaves                                            2 nos
Salt                                                      To taste
Sugar                                                   1 Tsp.
Cream (optional)                                   2 Tbsp.
Freshly crushed cardamoms & cloves      1 tbsp.
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method for Masala

  • Heat the oil in skillet on a medium heat. Put marinated Paneer in it, and gently stir-fry for about five minutes until Paneer becomes light brown.   Take out the Paneer and keep aside.
  • Heat the butter in a same skillet. Add bay leaves and ginger paste and sauté for a minute.
  • Add the marinated capsicum and tomatoes pieces and sauté for few minutes.
  • Now add the tomato puree, tandoori masala, cream (optional), crushed cardamoms, salt ,and sugar ,and cook until oil separated (medium slow flame).
  • Add the stir-fry Paneer in the tomato gravy and let it cook for 5 minutes on low medium heat.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with Pulao, Naan, Pulkas


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  2. super Sadhana! will try this out!


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