|September 26, 2022


We believe that we must make the most out of food. 9 out of 10 people love having Paneer Tikka masala, and the 10th person is lying! Imagine seeing the white, soft, and velvety cottage cubes nestling in tomato-rich gravy; the sight is too good to be disturbed. Life is better when it is homemade comfort food.
Paneer Tikka Masala is a legendary Indian curry, just like paneer tikka butter masala. Here, cubes of paneer (i.e., Indian cottage cheese), peppers, and onions are marinated in yogurt and spices, grilled and then tossed in a creamy tomato-based curry. Both Paneer Tikka Masala, as well as its non-gravy cousin, the paneer tikka masala dry, go very well with butter naan or paratha or basmati rice.
The word 'paneer' came from the Persian word 'panir,' meaning 'cheese.' The Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe, a recipe that found its origin in the Northern part of India, is a curried dish where grilled paneer cubes get simmered in the hot curry of Tikka masala. The paneer marinades in a spicy tikka masala. You examine them in the skewers. Once it is charcoal cooked, you pour it into Tikka masala gravy. The curry comprises onions, peppers, yogurt, and spices. The recipe is enjoyable with hot lachcha paratha, garlic naan, paratha, plain naan, or roti.


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The most accounted-for order in the restaurants is the Tikka Paneer Masala. People love it because it's flavorful. The good news is now you can make restaurant-style Paneer Tikka gravy at home with an easy recipe. 

Homemade Tikka Masala Recipe

The core of the dish lies in the masala recipe. It has flavorful and mouth-watering ingredients. The recipe is a hit due to the formula and tomato-onion spiced curry sauce that goes along with it. 


Paneer Tikka Masala is one food item that all age groups love. Read here to learn its recipe and health benefits.

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  • Type - Main course
  • Serve - 4
  • Preparation time - 10 mins
  • Cooking time - 15 mins

Ingredients used in Paneer Masala Tikka Recipe

How to make Paneer Tikka Masala

Preparing the paneer Tikka

  • Mix 1⁄4 cup of yogurt and a generous amount of ginger garlic paste in a deep bowl. Add 2 tbsp - Alcoeats Kashmiri Chili powder, 3 tsp - Alcoeats Tikka Masala, ½ tsp - Alcoeats Turmeric Powder, 1 tsp mustard oil, and lemon juice. Mix the spices and other ingredients till they are lump-free.
  • Prepare the paneer cubes, sliced onions, and green bell peppers, and apply the marinade to the Paneer, onions, and green bell peppers.
  • You can keep the Paneer in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. 
  • After refrigerating for 15 minutes, take a griddle pan and pour 1 tbsp amount of mustard oil, and put in on medium flame. 
  • You can skew the paneer cubes, onions, and green peppers in a skewer; if you do not have one, you may place it on the pan and cook each side of the Paneer for 4-5 minutes. The Paneer must give a charcoal touch to its outer core. 
  • Keep the Paneer aside and start to make the gravy.

Preparing Paneer Tikka masala gravy

  • Place a deep saucepan on the flame and add the leftover mustard oil/ ghee as you please. 
  • On heating, the oil, add a bay leaf to the pan and add chopped onions once the bay leaf sputters. Let the onions get brown. 
  • Put fresh ginger-garlic paste. Sauté on low flame till the raw smell of the paste vanishes. 
  • Add chopped tomatoes and let them cook till it is tender. 
  • Keep the flame low and stir-fry all the ingredients together. Add other remaining spices like Alcoeats coriander powder, Alcoeats Tikka masala, Alcoeats Kashmiri red chili powder, and Alcoeats turmeric powder. 
  • Turn off the gas stove once the gravy is ready. Keep it aside to cool down. Add the cooked content to a fine paste. 

Assembling Paneer Tikka and curry

  • Heat the pan once again on a low flame. Pour the fine paste from the blender. 
  • Let it come to a boil. At this point, you can add warm water to the consistency you want. 
  • Add the roasted Paneer, onions, and green peppers to the curry.
  • Simmer the gas and cook on low flame for about 5 minutes. Add chopped coriander leaves on top.
  • Enjoy the dish hot with naan, roti,  paratha or rice.

What is Tikka Masala made of?

The masala comprises of many spices in the correct ratio to deliver an authentic taste. The ingredients are as follows in no specific order-

  • Cashews
  • Chili Powder
  • Dehydrated garlic
  • Dehydrated onion
  • Dried ginger
  • Fenugreek leaves
  • Ginger powder
  • Green cardamom
  • Mixed spices
  • Musk melon
  • Salt
  • Skimmed milk
  • Sugar
  • Tomato powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Black Pepper

Health Benefits of Homemade Paneer Tikka Masala recipe

The world is a mindful and watchful place. Everyone checks on how much to eat, what to eat, when to eat, and the calorie intake! The health benefits of the Paneer Masala Tikka Recipe amongst many are as follows-

  • Paneer is a protein source - It helps boost muscle growth, repair cartilages, and more. 
  • A high amount of calcium - Calcium helps to build muscles and provides strong bones and teeth. Nutritionists say that a combination of protein and calcium is good for lowering the extra fat in the body. 
  • Low in carbohydrates - For people with diabetes and heart ailments, Paneer is advisable as it is low in carbohydrates. The magnesium present in cottage cheese helps in controlling sugar levels.
  • Prevents constipation - Paneer has an immense amount of phosphorus and magnesium. The intake of Paneer eases digestion and, in turn, prevents constipation.
  • Paneer Tikka masala is healthy - The Tikka masala is a rich source of minerals, and vitamins, which is a must for the body. It is regarded as better than other curries as the Tikka masala has all the body's nutritional ingredients. Be it coriander seeds or fenugreek seeds; the healthy quotient is vast.

Summing Up with Homemade Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

Homemade Tikka Masala Recipe has its fan base. Alcoeats Tikka masala is famous for its authentic flavors and quality and has no preservatives, additives, artificial colors, MSG, or GMOs. The ingredients are vital. If the masala is ready, you win. The quintessence of this recipe lies in keeping cottage cheese fresh and juicy. The masala brings the taste and texture of the gravy.

So, by now, if you’re not already at your table, polishing off paneer tikka masala, you must have known that this restaurant style Paneer Tikka Masala recipe is brimming with bright flavors from the spiced and creamy tomato onion curry gravy/sauce and delightfully marinated grilled cottage cheese. And the best part? This recipe also works equally well with paneer tikka butter masala, as well as paneer tikka masala dry. 
While paneer tikka masala can be considered a labor of love, the time and effort are well worth it!

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