Paneer Tikka Masala - Vegetarian

Paneer is an Indian cheese made from milk this vegetarian version of Tikka Masala is tasty, filling and will please your taste buds. We added spinach for color, flavor, and texture.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3
Calories 293 kcal



  • 6 oz Paneer Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Yogurt
  • 1/2 Tsp Ginger Root
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1/4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tsp Ghee
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Root
  • 1 Onion
  • 28 Ounces Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 Cup Spinach Leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • With this dish you marinate the cheese and make the gravy while the cheese is marinating in the refrigerator
  • For the marinade combine: The yogurt, the 1/2 tsp of ginger, the 1/2 tsp of garlic. 1/4 tsp of chili powder, and 1 tsp of garam masala. Set aside.
  • Cube the cheese into small bite-sized pieces
  • Add the cheese to your marinade and place into the refrigerator.
  • Next make the Tikka Masala sauce
  • Rough chop the onion
  • Peel and crush the garlic cloves
  • Peel and finely chop the ginger
  • Heat a saute' pan to medium high heat
  • Add 1 tsp of ghee reserving the other tsp, you may also need a splash of olive oil depending on the size of your pan and your onion
  • Add the cumin seeds and cook until you smell them
  • Add the onions and ginger then as they turn translucent add the garlic, cook until the onions brown
  • Add the Tsp of Garam Masala
  • Add the 1/2 Tsp of Chili Powder
  • Add the 1/2 Tsp of Turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • Cook for 10 minutes and then set aside to cook slightly to a warm temp
  • Heat a saute' pan
  • Add 1 tsp Ghee and 1 Tsp Olive oil
  • Add the Paneer cubes and sprinkle with a dusting of chili powder T(his helps them to brown) You may also roast them in the oven or toaster if you prefer
  • Once the Paneer is browned remove it as you do not want to over cook it.
  • Run the warm sauce mixture that through the food processor or use an immersion blender. Once the sauce is to your preferred consistency, add it to the saute' pan
  • Add the toasted Paneer to the sauce and cook it together.
  • Add the cup of fresh spinach and let it wilt in the sauce


Calories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 12gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 244mgPotassium: 806mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3306IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 342mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Dinner, Fall Meal, Filling, protein, Spicy, Vegetarian
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