If you are fond of Indian cuisines and looking for a delicious paneer recipe to add to your party menu, you must not miss trying this Paneer Tikka Masala Dhaba style. It is an interesting paneer recipe that is quite easy to prepare and also tantalizes your taste buds.

Paneer is Indian cottage cheese, tikka refers to grilled food and masala is spiced gravy. So, if we combine everything, it simply means that paneer tikka masala is a grilled chunk of paneer in spicy gravy. Also, paneer is one of the most common North Indian foods which is used in preparing plenty of dishes, like sandwiches, salads, curries, and many more.

Paneer Tikka Masala Dhaba Style
Paneer Tikka Masala Dhaba Style

When it comes to delightful, protein-rich vegetarian Indian foods, paneer has always been in the list of the main ingredients for several such foods. Moreover, preparing paneer is not difficult at all. The same is expected with Paneer Tikka Masala Dhaba Style that gives you the similar flavor and taste of which you eat on the roadside dhabas or in the restaurant.

To make this paneer tikka masala, you need to marinate the paneer in the mixture of yogurt and Indian spices. Let it freeze for 30-40 minutes, grill it and then add it in the spiced gravy. That’s all! Your Paneer Tikka Masala Dhaba Style recipe will be ready within a few minutes.

Quick Stats:

  • Prep time: 40 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 3


For marination:-

  • Half cup of yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon of chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • Half teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • Half teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 250 gms paneer, cut it into cubes
  • Half teaspoon of salt

For gravy:-

  • 8 tablespoon of refined oil
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 10-12 cashews
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1-inch ginger
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • Half teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • Half teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 bayleaf
  • One small cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon of kasuri methi
  • Salt as per the taste

Method to Prepare:

For marination:

  • Take a large bowl and add yogurt and chickpea flour in it. Now, you have to whisk these ingredients until no lumps are found
  • After this, add red chili powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt. Mix everything well.
  • Now, add cubed paneer into this mixture and let these pieces coated evenly with the mixture.
  • Next, cover the bowl and keep it in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.

For gravy:

  • Take a pan and heat 2 tablespoons of oil over a medium flame.
  • Then, add dried red chilies and onion in it. Let them sauté for one minute and add cashews while stirring them.
  • After this, add garlic cloves and ginger, stir them. Once they are done, add roughly chopped tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and some salt.
  • Let all ingredients cook for 2-3 minutes or until chopped tomatoes are mushy. Meanwhile, if you notice that spices are sticking to the bottom of a pan, you can add a little water in it.
  • Once it is cooked properly, keep it aside to cool. Now, blend these ingredients in a mixer to make a smooth paste/curry.
  • Now, take the same pan and heat 4-5 tablespoons of oil in it. Once it is heated, you have to add the cubes of marinated paneer. Make sure to flip them on all sides and make sure that they don’t stick to the pan. If it is so, you can add more oil in the pan to avoid sticking.
  • Once all paneer cubes are done well, transfer them on a plate.
  • Again, you have to add one tablespoon of oil in the same pan. Then, add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, bayleaf and cinnamon stick and cook them for a few seconds in the hot oil.
  • Now, add the remaining marinated mixture and cook it well. Also, make sure to stir the mixture continuously to avoid yogurt from splitting.
  • Once it is cooked thoroughly, add the masala mixture that you had prepared in the mixer. Also, add a little water and cook it on a low flame.
  • When you see that oil is getting separated from the mixture, it means it is done. You can check the salt quantity you want and if it is less, you can add it as per the taste.
  • In the last, add cooked paneer cubes and one teaspoon of crushed kasuri methi. And Mix them well with the mixture
  • You can serve this delicious paneer tikka masala dhaba style with jeera rice, parantha, or naan.

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Final Words

Are you making this recipe for the first time? You will definitely love to prepare this amazing paneer dish. It gives you a great way to bring the essence of roadside Dhaba food into your kitchen. Really a perfect recipe for all paneer lovers!  

Don’t miss this big time and surprise your family with this soul-satisfying paneer tikka masala Dhaba style this dinner.