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Paneer tikka masala

Paneer tikka masala

Published: January 2, 2022 at 5:06 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 3

Swap chicken for paneer to make a creamy, dreamy vegetarian masala. You'll need some tikka curry powder for this one (find it at most supermarkets)

  • Vegetarian

Make this vegetarian paneer tikka masala and serve with our pilau rice or naan bread, Also check out our paneer masala, saag paneer and chicken tikka burritos. We've also got plenty more fragrant vegetarian curry recipes including our spinach, chickpea and potato curry, tofu katsu curry and aubergine dhansak.


  • 3 tbsp tikka curry powder
  • 2 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 200g block paneer, cut into small cubes
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • grated to make 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 400g passata
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • a knob butter
  • a handful coriander, chopped
  • cooked basmati rice and naans, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Mix together 1 tbsp of tikka curry powder and the yogurt in a bowl, add the paneer and pepper, mix well and leave while you make the sauce.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion until soft and going golden at the edges. Add the ginger and garlic, and cook for 2 minutes. Add another 2 tbsp of the curry powder and stir until the mixture smells fragrant then add the passata, tomato purée and sugar, and bring everything to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce thickens, then add the cream and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the grill to high. Spread the paneer and pepper on a non-stick baking tray and grill, turning, until sizzling and charred at the edges.

  • STEP 4

    Add to the sauce, season and stir in a knob of butter and the coriander. Simmer for 2 minutes then serve with rice and naans.

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