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How to make paneer Tikka  | Recipe for paneer Tikka | paneer Tikka on Tawa or pan

Paneer Tikka serve with slice onions, lemon wedges and green chutney for Paneer Tikka recipe
Paneer Tikka

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 also.

Paneer Tikka is a dish where cube of paneer is marinated in a spiced yoghurt mixture and then grilled or roast in a traditional Ovalclay charcoal Tandoor till crisp golden.

It is usually served with Cilantro mint sauce or Chutney with slice of onions and lemon wedges.

It can be made at home using an Oven and on Non stick pan . You can also make paneer Tikka on a Tawa or stove top.

Garnished paneer Tikka using on Tawa or non stick pan for paneer Tikka Recipe
Paneer Tikka using on tawa

Paneer Tikka is mainly served as an appetizer or snacks but can be used to prepare some of the best popular dishes like :-

* Paneer Tikka masala.

* Tandoori cottage cheese pizza.

* Paneer chat.

* Paneer kathi roll.

* Paneer Frankie.

For more paneer related recipe :-

How to make paneer butter masala

Complete chilli paneer recipe guide

Today we will share the different cooking method of paneer Tikka as well the best marinating procedure for paneer Tikka.

Preparation time :- 10 minutes

Cooking time :-  10 minutes

Difficulty :- Easy

Serves :- 2 servings

Ingredients :-

* 200 gm paneer ( cottage cheese)

* 1/2 of each red ,yellow and green bell pepper

* 1 medium size onion..

* 3 teaspoon Greek yogurt or overnight 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 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.

Fresh paneer for paneer Tikka

Half of red, yellow and green bell pepper for paneer Tikka
Bell peppers

Cumin powder Red chill powder garam masala salt for paneer Tikka
Cumin, red chilli powder, garam masala, salt

Chilli paste, ginger garlic paste, Greek yogurt for paneer Tikka
Greek yogurt, ginger garlic paste, Red Chilly Paste

Clarified butter, mustard oil, cooking oil for paneer Tikka
Clarified butter, mustard oil, cooking oil

Method of preparation for Paneer Tikka 

* Cut the paneer and bell peppers into  1 inch long cube size and keep aside.

* Similarly cut the onion into cube size.

Cubes of paneer for paneer Tikka
Cubes of paneer

Cubes of bell peppers and onions for paneer Tikka
Cubes of bell peppers and onion

* Now we need to prepare the marination for paneer Tikka.

* For best result and tasty paneer Tikka, we need to marinate the paneer into two parts.

                First marination for paneer Tikka

* In first marination, mix half of the red chilli powder (cayenne pepper) and salt with the paneer cubes and keep refrigerated for 1/2 an hour. Paneer cubes will absorb the salt and pepper by this process.

First marinated paneer for paneer Tikka
First marinated paneer

             Second marination for paneer Tikka

* 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
Tandoori masala

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

For step by step instructions to make Tandoori masala with photos check the following links :-

Easy Tandoori masala Recipe

Cubes of paneer and vegetables with Tandoori masala for paneer Tikka
Tandoori masala with Paneer and vegetables

Paneer and vegetables mixed with Tandoori masala for Paneer Tikka
Paneer and vegetables mixed with Tandoori masala

* You can keep it for longer periods for better taste.

* Now it is time to  cook the paneer Tikka. Traditionally paneer Tikka is cooked using an Ovalclay charcoal Tandoor. But we will share cooking paneer Tikka using an Oven as well as on non stick pan or tawa.

How to make paneer Tikka using ovalclay 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 shew in Shewer for Paneer Tikka
Cubes of paneer and vegetables in Shewer

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

Cooking paneer inside Tandoor for paneer Tikka
Cooking paneer inside Tandoor

Cooking paneer on Tandoor for paneer Tikka
Cooking paneer

* 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
Tandoori paneer Tikka

For more appetizer using Ovalclay Tandoor

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How to make paneer Tikka using Non stick pan or on Tawa.-------------------------

* Take the marinated paneer cubes and remove the excess marination .

* Take two to three wooden Shewer and shew the paneer cubes with the bell peppers and onion alternatively. Keep aside.

Shewing paneer in wooden stick for paneer Tikka
Shewing paneer in wooden stick

Three wooden stick with paneer for paneer Tikka
paneer shewed in wooden stick

* 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 or tawa and cook  in medium flame flipping all sides occasionally for 7 - 8 minutes.

Cooking paneer on Tawa or non stick pan for paneer Tikka
Cooking on Tawa or pan

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

Cooking paneer on Tawa for paneer Tikka
Paneer released marination

Cooked paneer on Tawa for paneer Tikka
Well done paneer Tikka on pan or tawa

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

Paneer Tikka with onion and green chutney and lemon wedges using on tawa
Paneer Tikka using Non stick pan or tawa

You can also check paneer Seekh Kebab recipe using Non stick pan or tawa from the below link for more details :-

     Paneer Seekh Kebab recipe

How to make paneer Tikka using an Oven :-

* Preheat the oven to 240 degree celcius for 10 minutes.

* If using using wooden stick, soak them in water for 15 before using.

* Shewer the paneer cubes with the onion,red yellow and green bell pepper alternatively.

* 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.

                  SERVING TIPS

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.



                   NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Calories :- 353kcal

Carbohydrate :- 14g | fats :- 27 g

Protein :- 13 g | cholesterol :- 59 mg

Fiber :- 3g |  iron :- 4.3%

Saturated fats :- 13g

                    RECIPE NOTES

* 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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