Paneer tikka recipe

Paneer tikka recipe

Serving paneer tikka with cilantro mint chutney, lemon wedges Lachcha onion for paneer tikka recipe

Paneer Tikka is a vegetarian  dish from Indian cuisine which is popular around the world.
Paneer  also known as cottage cheese is a milk based product, can be made at home. Below you can read paneer tikka recipe step by step.
What is paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka is a dish where cube of paneer is marinated in a spiced yoghurt mixture and then grill or roast in a charcoal tandoor or oven till crisp golden.
It is usually served with Cilantro mint sauce or chutney with slice of onions and lemon wedges. Paneer tikka is used as a starter so it is a dry preparation.
Paneer tikka can be made at home using an Oven and on non stick pan . You can also make paneer Tikka at home on a tawa or stove top.

Tips for making best paneer tikka
  • For making a best paneer tikka, marination play an important part.
  • Use 1 st marination by mixing paneer with red chilli powder, chat masala and salt. Keep them marinated for 15 - 20 minutes then apply 2 nd marination.
  • Cut paneer and vegetables even size to help them cook from all sides evenly.
  • Don't use gram flour or besan while cooking them in pan or tawa as it get burnt quickly and the resulting paneer become dark in colour.

Step by steps for the recipe

1. Marination

Cut the paneer and bell peppers into  1 inch long cube size pieces and keep aside. Similarly cut the onion into cube size.

Cubes of paneer for paneer Tikka

Cubes of bell peppers and onions for paneer Tikka

First marination 
Mix half of the red chilli powder (cayenne pepper) and salt with the paneer cubes and keep refrigerated for 15 minutes. Paneer cubes will absorb the salt and pepper by this process.
First marinated paneer for paneer Tikka

Second marination 
Take a mixing bowl, add the Greek yogurt, cumin powder, Garam masala, red chilly paste (paprika) , ginger garlic paste, chat masala, salt , mustard oil and cooking oil.
Mix all the ingredients using a whisk to make a fine paste. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
These above paste mixture is called Tandoori masala, which is used to prepare different types of tandoori foods.

Tandoori masala for Paneer Tikka

Now mix the first marinated paneer cubes  and the vegetables with the second marination or tandoori masala and refrigerated for 1 hour or overnight.
Easy Tandoori masala Recipe

Cubes of paneer and vegetables with Tandoori masala for paneer Tikka

Paneer and vegetables mixed with Tandoori masala for Paneer Tikka

Making paneer tikka

Using charcoal grill or tandoor
 Bring the marinated paneer out of the fridge and keep in room temperature.Take a iron Shewer and shew the paneer cubes with the bell peppers and onion alternatively one by one.

Cubes of paneer and vegetables lined in Shewer for Paneer Tikka recipe on charcoal grill or tandoor

Now put the Shewer inside the preheated tandoor or BBQ and cook for 7 - 8 minutes.

Cooking paneer inside charcoal grill or Tandoor for paneer Tikka

Cooking paneer tikka on charcoal Tandoor for paneer Tikka

 While cooking the  paneer, rotate the Shewer occasionally to cook the paneer from all side equally. When it get crisp golden , remove the Shewer from tandoor and keep aside .
By keeping it aside will release excess watery marination from the paneer. Again put it inside the Tandoor for half a minute to hot. Remove the paneer from the Shewer in a plate and serve sprinkling chopped Cilantro and chat masala.

Tandoori paneer Tikka with green chutney, slice of onions and lemon wedges for paneer Tikka

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 Using Tawa, pan on stove top

Take the marinated paneer cubes and remove the excess marination from them.
Take 2 to 3 wooden sticks and line the paneer cubes with the bell peppers and onion alternatively.

Lining paneer in wooden stick for paneer Tikka recipe

Three wooden stick with paneer for paneer Tikka

Take a pan or tawa and grease with few drops of cooking oil and heat in medium flame.Add the paneer shewer on the pan and grill on medium flame heat by flipping  occasionally from all sides for 7 - 8 minutes.

Cooking paneer on Tawa or non stick pan for paneer Tikka

Paneer will start to release water with the marination. Don't get panic at this  stage. Just slow the flame and cook untill dry.

Cooking paneer on Tawa for paneer Tikka

Cooked paneer tikka on Tawa for paneer Tikka

Switch off the flame and remove the paneer shewer from tawa and serve hot with green chutney.

Paneer Tikka with onion and green chutney and lemon wedges using on tawa

   Paneer Seekh Kebab  can also be made using a pan or tawa.

 Using Oven 

Preheat the oven to 240 degree celcius for 15 minutes if using wooden sticks then soak them in water for 30 minutes before using.
Line the paneer with the onion and bell peppers alternatively in the sticks. Place the cooling rack over a roasting pan and place the Shewer on the cooling rack and bake for 15 minutes, turning half way once. After that switch on broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes till paneer has a slight char.  Remove the roasting pan with the Shewer out of the oven and serve hot with Cilantro mint chutney, topping with chopped Cilantro and chat masala.

Paneer Tikka is mainly served as an appetizer or snacks but can be used to prepare some  popular recipes like.. ...
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  • Tandoori cottage cheese pizza
  • Paneer chat
  • Paneer kathi roll
  • Paneer Frankie
Paneer releases more moisture while cooking and that makes the resulting paneer tikka less taste. So use two marination.

     Paneer tikka 

Serving paneer tikka with cilantro mint chutney for paneer tikka recipe

Cubes of paneer and vegetables are marinated in a spiced yoghurt based masala known as tandoori masala and thread in wooden sticks or iron shewer alternatively. Then grilled or roasted over a pan or tawa or in a oven or charcoal Tandoor till crisp golden. Serve with cilantro mint chutney.
Prep time     cooking time    serving
10 min            10 min                    2
Author : Mobasir hassan
  •  200 gm paneer ( cottage cheese)
  •  1/2 of each red ,yellow and green bell pepper
  •  1 medium size onion
  •  3 teaspoon Greek yogurt or hung curd.
  •  1 teaspoon red chilli powder ( cayenne)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder ( jeera powder)
  •  1/3 teaspoon Garam masala
  •  1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste 
  •  1/2 teaspoon chat masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice
  •  1 teaspoon red chilly paste ( paprika)
  •  1 teaspoon Mustard oil ( optional)
  •  2 teaspoon cooking oil ( Olive oil)
  •  1 teaspoon clarified butter
  •  1 teaspoon chopped Cilantro ( coriander)
  •  Salt as per taste
How to make the recipe
  1. Cut the paneer and bell peppers into 1 inch cube size pieces.
  2. Similarly cut the onion into cube size.
  3. Apply half of the red chilli powder, chat masala and a small pinch of salt with the paneer pieces.
  4. Mix well and keep for 15 minutes to absorb the flavours.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add yoghurt, cumin powder, garam masala, red chilli powder, chat masala, lemon juice, red chilly paste, ginger garlic paste, salt, cooking oil and mustard oil.
  6. Whisk everything together to make a fine paste or masala known as tandoori masala.
  7. Now mix the marinated paneer cubes and vegetables with this masala and keep refrigerated for 2 hours or overnight.
Making paneer tikka
  1. Using oven : preheat the oven at 240°c for 15 minutes. And place a aluminum foil on the baking tray.
  2. If using wooden sticks then soak them in water for 30 minutes.
  3. Bring the marinated paneer from the fridge and thread in a shewer or wooden stick.
  4. Thread paneer and vegetables cubes alternatively in the shewer or sticks 
  5. Place the shewer over the baking tray and apply some butter or oil over them and bake for 15 minutes or till crisp golden.

Paneer tikka on pan or tawa

  1. Remove excess marination from the paneer pieces and vegetables and thread them alternatively in the wooden sticks.
  2. Heat a pan or tawa over gas stove in medium flame heat.
  3. Apply little oil and heat for one minute.
  4. Now lower the gas flame to low and place the paneer sticks on the pan or tawa.
  5. Grill them on slow flame for 1 minute and then flip them to another side and cook further till crisp golden.
  6. Similarly rotate the paneer sticks and cook them from all sides till crisp golden.
Paneer tikka in charcoal grill tandoor
  1. Take a thin size iron shewer and thread the paneer and vegetables alternatively.
  2. Place the shewer inside a preheated tandoor and cook for 7 - 8 minutes.
  3. Brush some butter over them and cook for 2 more minutes till they become crisp golden.
  4. Remove and serve topping with some corriander leaves and chat masala.
Serving size 1 piece
  • Calories :- 173
  • Carbohydrate :- 1 g | fats :- 13 g
  • Protein :- 11 g 
Paneer Tikka is generally served as an appetizer or snacks with Cilantro mint sauce or green chutney along with slice onions and lemon wedges. It is also goes well as a side dish with rice and Dal. You can even have a butter Naan or tandoori garlic Naan with a paneer Tikka.
• It is very important to use the first marination for paneer Tikka. Little bit of  salt and pepper help it  to taste better.  As while cooking paneer use to leave excess water with marination  and the final product become less tasty.
• Don't over cook paneer otherwise it will become hard and chewy. Always serve paneer Tikka hot.
• While cooking in Tandoor, don't cook it completely in a single run. First make it half done and remove from tandoor and rest aside .  Before serving, full done it and serve hot. In these way you make the paneer Tikka soft while serving.
• While cooking in Oven if the paneer become dry and hard , use steam roast for 2 minutes. It will become soft.
• Don't use gram flour or besan while Cooking on Tawa or non stick pan in the marination.  Gram flour quickly get burnt while cooking and it gives a dark colour to  your paneer Tikka .
• While cooking in Tandoor use a kitchen towel to handle the Shewer.
• If using a tawa to cook paneer Tikka, first grease with oil and heat in high flame for 2 minutes and then slow the flame. In these way it will become non stick to paneer Tikka

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  1. I had a great time preparing paneer butter masala that I found on your website. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I am excited to try paneer tikka recipe this time. Keep up the good work.


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