PANEER TIKKA MASALA IN MICROWAVE


Microwave Paneer Tikka Masala is a delicious microwave curry recipe. Creamy paneer chunks are marinated in a tikka tandoori masala before being added to a rich gravy to create a wonderful North Indian Microwave Paneer.

Over the head shot of paneer tikka masala curry in a bowl with spoon


 


MICROWAVE PANEER TIKKA MASALA

Who would have thought curry in a microwave could taste so good?! With this microwave method, you can still achieve a perfectly cooked gravy without any rawness. 

We have several Microwave recipes on our blog, you may like to try these too. 

Churma Ladoo

Mawa Peda

Date and Pistachio Rolls

Kopra/Topra Pak 

Strawberry and Apple Crumble 

Kesar Dudh No Halwo/Halwa - Saffron Halwa

Orange and Cinnamon turkish Delight


WHAT IS PANEER TIKKA MASALA?

Paneer Tikka Masala is a delicious vegetarian curry. Paneer pieces that have been marinated in a tandoori masala are added to a creamy onion. garlic and tomato-based gravy. 

The result is a royal dish that awakens taste buds!

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE?

✔ 20 minutes recipe and keeps your stove free for other cooking

✔ No cream or butter added

✔ Gluten-free main vegetarian dish

✔ High protein and calcium-rich 

✔ Perfect crowd-pleaser

✔ Stays good for few days and freezes well too 


WHAT IS PANEER AND WHERE TO FIND IT?

Paneer is mostly known as Indian Cheese. It is made from milk.

The texture of paneer is similar to halloumi, in the sense that it keeps its shape once heated.

Paneer is an extremely versatile ingredient that soaks up an array of flavours. You can crumble it, grate it and chop it to your heart's content!

You can't beat fresh homemade paneer! Paneer can be made at home with ease by using just 2 ingredients. Also, it is easily available from any Indian grocery or main supermarket.  

INGREDIENTS + NOTES 

For Paneer Tikka

● Paneer - you can use homemade or shop-bought paneer for this recipe. 

● Oil - we have used light olive oil.

● Ginger-garlic puree - try to use fine paste/puree for this. You may use a shop-bought one too. 

● Spices/Masala Powder - Kashmiri red chilli and Garam masala 

● Yogurt - we have used full-fat plain beaten yougurt. 

● Black salt and normal salt

● Lemon juice - fresh or bottled 

● Dry mango powder - known as amchoor powder

● Corn starch/flour (white) or roasted chickpea flour 

For Masala 

● Onion - we have used brown onion but red works well too. 

● Cashew nuts 

● Melon seeds (optional)

● Whole spices - cinnamon, cloves, green and black cardamom

● Cumin seeds

● Ginger-garlic paste 

● Red chilli powder 

For Gravy 

● Tomato puree

● Tomato ketchup 

● Milk

● Khoya/Mawa

● Dry fenugreek leaves known as Kasoori methi 

● salt to taste 

Notes 

Make sure the paneer is not very old, smelly, or discolored. If using frozen, first thaw it. 

Do not use very strong flavoured oil such as mustard or extra virgin olive oil. 

Kashmiri red chilli powder provides red bright colour and it is less spicy than normal red chili powder. 

Don't have khoya? use full-fat milk powder instead. 

Use a pinch of sugar and lemon juice instead of tomato ketchup. 

Grind canned/tinned chopped or plum tomatoes to make tomato puree. 

WHAT TO SERVE WITH PANEER TIKKA MASALA

Paneer tikka masala is a main vegetarian dish that goes with a variety of Indian bread or rice. It can form part of a thali with various other curries too. 

Our top favourite treat is to have this Paneer Masala with restaurant-style Garlic and Coriander Naans.

You can also have it with round and soft Gujarati rotlis that have a generous dollop of homemade ghee. 

Aloo Gobi is a good accompaniment to get some vegetables and carb into the meal also. 

Cooling roasted tomato raita is a must alongside Indian food

Serve up some fresh kachumaber salad on the side


WHAT TO DRINK WITH PANEER TIKKA MASALA?

This delicious paneer tikka masala really balance well with a Sauvignon Blanc

You really can't go wrong with these Riesling (sweet or dry), Grüner Veltliner, Sparkling rosé, or Gamay.

Also, Brown Ales and Porter beers go really well with curries, especially those made in tomato gravies. 

If wines and beers are not your first preference or you want something for kids then Mango and Lime Lassi is the best option for you. 


CAN I MAKE VEGAN PANEER TIKKA MASALA?

Yes, use tofu instead of paneer,  then this recipe will be TOFU TIKKA MASALA. Make sure to drain tofu well before using it. Instead of khoya and milk use coconut milk and desiccated coconut or use double the number of cashews and use vegan yogurt. 

CAN I MAKE PANEER TIKKA MASALA ON STOVE?

Definitely, you can. Follow each step the same way but rather cook on the stove (in a heavy-bottomed pan) than the microwave. 

CAN YOU REHEAT PANEER TIKKA MASALA?

Yes! Make sure you get the paneer tikka masala into the fridge as soon as it's cooled down, within 2-3 hours of cooking or any leftovers. Paneer is a milk-based ingredient, if kept for longer in warm temperatures it can go bad.  It will keep good in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. 

Reheat in a saucepan with a couple of tablespoons of milk/water (once stored in the fridge sauce gets thick) until piping hot all the way through. Alternatively, reheat in the microwave in the bowl until piping hot all the way through.

CAN YOU FREEZE PANEER TIKKA MASALA?

Yes, Paneer freezes well. If you have used fresh paneer then you can freeze paneer tikka masala. Make sure you get the paneer tikka masala into the freezer as soon it's cooled down. Put it in a freezer-proof air-tight container. 

It will keep in the freezer for up to 4-6 weeks 

Defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat as above. 

HOW TO MAKE PANEER TIKKA MASALA STEP BY STEP?

Our Microwave version of Paneer Tikka Masala is quite an easy, quick, and straightforward recipe. Follow these step-by-step instructions for the recipe. 

Exact measurements in metric and imperial and method can be found in the recipe card below. 

First step make paneer tikka 

Step by step 4 images of paneer tikka masala in microwave made into collage

1. Place all the paneer tikka ingredients in a mixing microwave-proof bowl.

2. Add cut paneer pieces and mix well. 

3. Cook the paneer in a microwave.

4. Leave it aside for later use. 

Second step Make Masala

STEP BY STEP PICTURES OF MAKING PANEER TIKKA MASALA IN MICROWAVE

1First ground all the masala ingredients with little water using a grinder, put it in a big microwave-proof bowl with oil.

2. Cook in the microwave until oil is visible on the surface, keep mixing every minute or so. 

3. Add tomato puree, salt and kasoori methi. Cook again until tomato puree cooks nicely.

4. Now add khoya/mawa , milk, and tomato ketchup.

Third step make curry

collage of making paneer tikka masala

5. Cook the mixture again until not very runny.

6. Add paneer tikka and mix well.

7. Cook again in the microwave.

8. Paneer tikka masala is ready to serve. 

Bowl of paneer tikka masala served with a serving spoon next to a small bowl of chopped red onion salad

IF YOU LIKE THIS RECIPE 

...you might also like our other paneer recipes:

1. TANDOORI PANEER GALETTE

2. TANDOORI PANEER TARTE AU SOLEIL

3. PANCH PHORAN PANEER

4. PALAK PANNER AND MATAR PARATHA

5. SCHEZWAN PANEER WRAPS

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Yield: 4-6 servings
Author: Hayley Dhanecha
PANEER TIKKA MASALA

PANEER TIKKA MASALA

Microwave Paneer Tikka Masala is a delicious microwave curry recipe. Creamy paneer chunks are marinated in a tikka tandoori masala before being added to a rich gravy to create a wonderful North Indian Microwave Paneer.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 15 MinInactive time: 5 MinTotal time: 25 Min

Ingredients

TIKKA
  • 1 cup Paneer cubed (250g)
  • 2 tsp ginger-garlic puree
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • pinch of Black Salt 
  • 1/4 tsp Dry Mango Powder
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt(beaten)
  • 1 tbsp Cornflour
  • 1 tbsp Oil
MASALA
  • 1 medium finely chopped Onion
  • 1 tbsp Cashew nuts (soaked in warm water)
  • 1 tbsp melon seeds (soaked in warm water)
  • 3 Cloves and cinnamon pieces
  • 1 Big Cardamom
  • 2 Green cardamom
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Garlic-Ginger Paste
  • 1 tbsp. Kashmiri red chilli powder
Gravy/Sauce
  • 1 cup Tomato Puree (225g)
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp Khoya
  • 2 tsp Kasoori Methi
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

TIKKA
  1. Place all the tikka ingredients in one bowl and leave at least for 7-8 minutes.  
  2. Cook in a microwave for about 3-4 minutes ON HIGH.  
  3. Leave aside.
MASALA
  1. Grind everything in a grinder with little water and make a paste.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl add oil and masala and cook for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add tomato puree, salt, and kasoori methi and cook for 2 minutes.
  4.  Add Khoya, ketchup and milk and cook again for about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Now add 1/4 cup water and paneer pieces and cook for at least about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Garnish it with the freshly chopped coriander or kasoori methi.

Notes:

You may use full-fat milk powder instead of khoya.

Don't have whole spices? use extra garam masala.

Use kitchen gloves or a kitchen napkin whilst handling the hot microwave bowl.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

218.81

Fat (grams)

14.08

Sat. Fat (grams)

5.52

Carbs (grams)

16.62

Fiber (grams)

3.13

Net carbs

13.49

Sugar (grams)

7.86

Protein (grams)

9.34

Sodium (milligrams)

558.48

Cholesterol (grams)

25.49

The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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Note - this recipe was originally posted on our blog on the 26th of MARCH 2010 since I have updated the post with new content and pictures.

88 comments

  1. OMG!!!.... Awesome post dear... looks very tempting & spicy.. nice clicks too.. :)

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  2. This one is super Jags,rich and creamy and ofcourse delicious....i so hope this goes thru coz for the last 2 posts my comments arent going thru at ur blog...i dont knw why,its either blogger or my internet as am havin trouble with a few ,not all ,sites:-((((

    Loved ur super post on ASFD, loved reading about it ...
    and thanx a ton loads for all the awards ,im truly so looking foward to posting all ur awards :-))))

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  3. oh my..paneer....i 'm addicted to this ....your MW version looks simple n delicious....

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  4. Looking delicious dear! I am a slave to Paneer. This seems very sinful indeed!

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  5. paneer tikka masala in microwave!!! wow...looking yummy...

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  6. Hi Jagruti, so true MV comes to my help only for heating and reheating and surely grilling.
    I loved the use of beetroot, such a healthy way to naturally impart the colour.

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  7. I use microwave mainly to warm up the leftover...this looks truly yummy.

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  8. Thank you girls!!
    @Asha; what you said it's true!!it was my pleasure! god bless you...

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  9. hey this looks so rich and creammy..no wonder its a big hit..looks delicious.slurrp..

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  10. Love the Paneer Tikka here dear. What a lovely color and very quick to make as well. Luved the masala and the beautiful click!

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  11. Quick n easy recipe..thanx for sharing,will giv a try...

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  12. Wo paneer tikka in MC!!! Looks so creamy...yummm

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  13. Looks so rich and creamy...yummy yumm

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  14. I use my microwave to defrost or reheat, nothing else. I'd never have thought we can cook a nice meal like yours in a microwave! Lovely.
    Never heard of black salt or ginger puree. You're amazing, I am learning new spices with your great posts.
    Thanks a lot,

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  15. Thats so true about MW, we hardly use it for some other purpose apart from heating , defrosting our foods...the panner dish just looks awesome....i can feel the creamy taste seeing the snaps....

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  16. Hi! This looks so yummy!! I bet I could make it with tofu instead of paneer... I always wonder is the "red chili powder" the same as cayenne powder? Peace, Stephanie

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  17. The recipe looks so delectable..Cant resist

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  18. That's qucik and easy and rich recipe

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  19. Sooooo creamy and delicious...

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  20. wow..thats looks spicy n yummy.....

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  21. Jagruti

    I am so happy to hear that it is possible to make a delicious meal like this in the microwave! Wonderful, now I just have to get the ingredients ready!

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  22. I love Indian food....would love to be your neighbor..he he! Looks great!

    xoxo

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  23. Oh my! Looks so creamy and delish that too made in MC. Thanks for sharing J.

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  24. oh wow, so delicious, i cant believe its entirely cooked in microwave! i haven't really been cooking entire dishes in microwave as much as i should.. this one looks yummy!

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  25. Wow, paneer recipe in microwave. Will surely try it.

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  26. oh woow!!!paneer tikka masala in microwave is really great job jagruthi....Same I use microwave to defrost and reheat only,but never cooked in MW...and the curry looks so delicious and yummy..

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  27. lovely..what a quick and simple dish!

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  28. Hey Jag, lovely dish yaar...thnx for reminding me to use microwave more!!!

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  29. wow maybe i should put my microwave to use!! looks so tempting..... nice recipe!

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  30. This is my favorite.but never tried in microwave.Thanks for sharing this easy method!

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  31. wow! wish i could have that plate!

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  32. Jagruti,

    Microwave is meant only for reheating, heating and defrosting something, you made some wonderful dish using it, looks really good.

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  33. Tried a cake once in a microwave and it was horrible. have stayed away from cooking major things in that henceforth. I however make jacket potatoes and like u mention thaw veggies and meat...this looks great..and im sure it tasted just as rich and awesome as the stove top one.

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  34. Slurpp, cant take my eyes from the click, such a beautiful paneer tikka masala Jagruti...am drooling even after having my dinner..

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  35. You are true about Microwave. We r used to gas and find it convenient and faster to get the job done. After seeing ur dish, I should definitely make better use of my MW.Thanks for sharing.

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  36. WOW looks so superb Jagruti. Looks so creamy and rich... loved the color too.

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  37. The color of this dish is really wonderful. It looks like a blazing sunset. I can only imagine how good it tastes.

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  38. Thanks for stopping by! I love the music you have on your blog. Have a great weekend!

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  39. this dish looks so colourful and vibrant..feeling like taking it from the screen..

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  40. Oh..the paneer looks delectable!!I cook in MW too,once in a while:)

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  41. Love paneer..and love the name too..looks so delicious

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  42. Paneer tikka looks creamy and delcious dear :-)
    Adding beetroot juice sounds interesting...

    Must give a try

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  43. Wonderful colour,even i love cooking in microwave :)

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  44. Wooow,,,curry looks rich creamy and delicious,,,superb cooking curry in microwave sounds really great dear,,thanks for sharing,,take care n keep on smiling.

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  45. I love anythign tikka masala (but then again...who doesn't), especially paneer! I think it is so cool that this is made in the microwave.

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  46. I wrote down your recipe as I was reading it...it was too good...I am planning to try this tomorrow...thanks...looks so creamy and sinful indeed :)

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  47. Cat is sleeping inside my MW ;) i shud use it regulary..urs is looking very nice.awesome click.

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  48. hey jagruti...we were in Nottingham for over a year, but now in London:)

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  49. WOW WOW!! looks heavenly. Jagruti Pls accept the award dear..

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  50. Very nice tempting clicks, i have never tried any gravy using a microwave, must try it now seeing your delicious creamy gravy

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  51. Lovely paneer dish. The gravy looks rich and delicious.

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  52. That dish looks so good and sinfully spicy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  53. Lovely color of gravy..Though it looks sinfully deliscious,Its ok to indulge in such kind of food once in a while:)

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  54. Scrummy! That looks awesome.

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  55. I haven't had good luck cooking in the microwave. I really only use it to reheat leftovers. This sounds delicious and best of all simple.

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  56. good idea..Nice presentation..Paneer tikka masala looks yummy
    jagruti you have awards waiting at my blog..come and collect that dear

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  57. Hi Jagruti!. I never use my microwave for cooking.. This gravy looks so rich and creamy and delicious!. Sure will taste great with my phulkas.

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  58. Hi dear, beautiful photos and delicious recipe! kiss.

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  59. Looks nice Jagruthi..MW special!

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  60. I love Indian cuisine, that's a cuisine I wanted to explore!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and introduce me to yours. Hope to share more recipes in the future!

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  61. Beautiful Photo and paneer tikka looks delicious....

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  62. Paneer is one of my all time fav! looks so creamy and delicious.

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  63. paneer tikka in MC luks perfect !!!... never tried in MC ...

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  64. Just yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :))

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  65. Dear Jagruti ,
    Paneer tikka masla that too in Microwave. Well done yaar! Looks delectable :-)
    Deepa

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  66. wow.. looks perfect & fantastic...nice click..

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  67. wow! thats truly a sinful paneer. very easy n very tasty too. Thanks for sharing it with us

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  68. really a sinful n tasty paneer.wow

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  69. Really... microwave has changed the entire scenario of this recipe. Made it too simple, quick and hastle free. Definitely worth trying recipe for saving lots of time and labour.

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  70. I actually have not tried using a microwave to cook any dish so far besides a mug cake and for warming food. This paneer tikka masala is so doable and pretty easy to follow especially if I want to make it in the microwave. Worth a try.

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    1. Thank you Mayuri, mum did make lots of microwave recipes few years back when there was a lot of building work going on in our house and we were without gas supply and oven for a long time.

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  71. This is such a delight. I have hardly cooked gravies in the microwave and the paneer tikka sounds so perfect without all that standing around and stirring. the images here do absolute justice to paneer tikka in every way.

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  72. Never thought to use microwave for curry recipe. Looks like easy and hassle free cooking. Paneer tikka masala looks yummy!

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  73. You bowled me over with this quick microwave paneer tikka masala recipe. Life could not be more easier than this. The curry looks super delicious and bonus is it can be made easily by anyone. I am sharing this with my boys as they love to cook quick and easy recipes.

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    1. Thank you Lata, I shared this recipe with my few friends at uni and they loved making this recipe.

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  74. Loved this microwave version of Paneer Tikka masala. Never tried cooking a complete dish in microwave, will start with this recipe of yours. Thanks for sharing.

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  75. That is such a rich and decadent paneer curry. Making it in the microwave is such a genius idea - makes it so easy and so convenient.

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  76. What a lovely color on the tikka masala. You have a way of making every recipe look beautiful!

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  77. Such abeautiful, rich and delicious looking tikka masala gravy.I would love to grab a bite right off the screen.

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  78. This is so incredibly useful for people without a stove. Love this microwave version and it is especially a blessing for paneer lovers.

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