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Paneer and Spinach Tikka Masala

From Tilda Kitchen

  • 16 - 30 Minutes
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

A delicious vegetarian alternative for the popular British favourite: Chicken Tikka Masala. This creamy paneer tikka masala recipe is quick and easy to cook to allow you to bring the tasty flavours and aromas of Indian cuisine straight to your kitchen. Perfect served with our Pure Basmati rice.




  • 1 pouch Tilda Pure Basmati rice
  • 3 tbsps natural yoghurt
  • 4 tsps Tikka Paste
  • 225g paneer, cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 thumb ginger, grated
  • 200g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 125g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp smoked salt
  • 2 tbsps water
  • A knob of butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsps double cream



  1. Mix the natural yoghurt and tikka paste together and then add the paneer chunks. Leave to marinade.

  2. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onions, garlic and ginger and fry for about 5 minutes to soften.

  3. Add the marinated paneer and fry for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, spinach, smoked salt and water and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the butter and lemon juice and heat through.

  6. Finish by swirling in the double cream. Heat Tilda Pure Basmati rice as per pack instructions and serve with the curry.

What to serve with paneer tikka masala?

Paneer tikka masala is a delightful Indian dish that pairs well with a variety of accompaniments. To enhance your dining experience, consider serving it with fluffy basmati rice or aromatic jeera (cumin) rice. You can also enjoy it with freshly baked naan bread or roti for a wholesome and satisfying meal. Don’t forget to add a refreshing side salad or raita (a creamy yoghurt-based sauce) to balance out the flavours.

Is paneer tikka masala spicy?

Paneer tikka masala typically offers a moderate level of spiciness, however, the heat level can be adjusted according to personal preference. The marinade and sauce of paneer tikka masala often include a blend of spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric and chilli powder. If you prefer a milder version, you can reduce or leave out the chilli powder, or use a mild variety. On the other hand, if you enjoy a spicy kick to your curry, look at increasing the amount of chilli powder or adding chopped green chillies.

Is paneer tikka masala gluten-free?

Yes, paneer tikka masala can be made gluten-free by using the right ingredients. Ensure that the spices and condiments you use are gluten-free, as some pre-made spice blends may contain gluten. Plus, check the labels of store-bought paneer to ensure it doesn’t contain any gluten additives. By using gluten-free alternatives for naan bread or serving it with rice or gluten-free roti, you can enjoy a delicious gluten-free paneer tikka masala.

Is paneer tikka masala vegetarian?

Yes, paneer tikka masala is a vegetarian dish that is enjoyed by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Paneer, a type of Indian cottage cheese, is the star ingredient in this dish, and it works pairs amazingly with the rich and flavourful tomato-based sauce seasoned with aromatic spices. This vegetarian delight is perfect for those seeking a hearty and satisfying meal without meat.