Malai paneer tikka recipe

Malai paneer tikka is a creamy and mild in taste paneer tikka made using cheese, cashew nuts and cream based marination.

 Malai paneer tikka restaurant style

Paneer is one of the most popular and favourite food item in India. And tikka made from it is everyone's favourite. Malai paneer tikka is one of a such paneer tikka which is rich, creamy and mild in taste. Here you will be able to read one of the best malai paneer tikka recipe with photos and video for better understanding.

Serving malai paneer tikka in sticks and shewers with green chutney

Malai paneer tikka are for those who loves rich and creamy snacks. It is best for kids and people who don't eat spicy masala rich foods. If you have been looking for such a paneer tikka recipe you have come to the right place. Here I bring you the step by step guide on how to make malai paneer tikka recipe at home like restaurant style with very less ingredients.

What is malai paneer tikka?

Malai paneer tikka or paneer malai tikka is a creamy and mild in taste paneer tikka made by using a creamy yoghurt based marination with vegetables like capsicum, onion, bell peppers and tomato. Marinated paneer cubes are grilled or roasted with vegetables over charcoal fire till crisp golden.

Time required

The total time taken to make the malai paneer tikka is under 20 minutes which includes the preparation time of 10 minutes and cooking time of 10 minutes. If you cook in tandoor or pan then it take less than 15 minutes. Marination period is excluded here which is around 30 minutes to one hour.

What to serve with it ?

Green chutney is the best dip for this tikka as well. You can serve some lachcha onion along with green chutney with malai paneer tikka. Some fresh salads and tomato sauce can also be served as a side dish with this.

What to do with leftover malai paneer tikka?

You don't have to worry for the leftover tikka. You can refrigerated them in a air sealed container for upto 24 hours or more. Next day microwave then for 2 to 3 minutes and brush some melted butter and sprinkle chat masala before serving them. You can even use them as pizza toppings or use to make malai paneer tikka roll or wraps. Use them in rich creamy curry or gravy to make dishes like Shahi paneer or makhmali paneer. 

If you love malai paneer tikka recipe then I am sure you would love the recipe of chicken malai tikka as well.

Make ahead options

You can make the malai tikka masala marination in advance and keep refrigerated for upto three days in a air sealed container. Before cooking just cut the paneer and vegetables apply salt and pepper and marinate with this masala. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes to absorb the flavours. Similarly you can keep the marinated paneer for upto two days in a fridge.

Malai paneer tikka

Ingredients required

  • 200 gm paneer
  • 1/2 cup thick curd or hung curd
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cream
  • 2 tablespoon grated cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder or white pepper powder
  • Small pinch of chat masala
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 medium size capsicum cut into cubes
  • 1 medium size onion cut into cubes
  • 1 medium size tomato cut into cubes
  • 1 medium size bell pepper cut into cubes ( optional)
  • 3 tablespoon cooking oil or olive oil
  • Butter for busting
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Steps to make the recipe

1. Cutting paneer and shashlik

This is the first step to make any paneer tikka. You need to cut paneer and the vegetables in cube shape so that you can nicely arrange them to fit in a paneer tikka stick or shewer. 

First wash the paneer block nicely under water for one time. Then with a sharp knife cut it into small half inch width cubes.

Paneer cutted into cube size for malai paneer tikka

Similarly cut the onion, capsicum, bell pepper and tomato into small cubes like the paneer cubes. This paneer tikka vegetables are collectively known as shashlik.

Cube size vegetables like capsicum bell peppers onions and tomatoes for malai paneer tikka

To make the paneer even more taste and flavourful add a small pinch of black pepper powder and chat masala and nicely mix with the paneer cubes. Keep them aside to absorb the flavour.

Pieces of paneer with pepper powder and chat masala

2. Making malai masala paste

Malai masala is mild, rich and creamy. Most of the Indian grocery spices are not generally used to make this masala paste. To make masala first take the curd in a mixing bowl and add cashew nuts paste, grated cheese, fresh cream and green cardamom powder.

Therefore add a small pinch of salt, black pepper powder and cooking oil. In place of black pepper, you can use white pepper powder also. Now mix everything nicely so that the cooking oil get well incorporated with the masala. You can even add a small pinch of sugar powder to make the recipe little bit sweet in taste.

Malai masala paste in a mixing bowl for malai paneer tikka

3. Marinating the paneer

Add the paneer and the vegetables in malai masala paste and mix carefully. Make sure all the paneer cubes get coated evenly from all sides. Cover and keep them aside for minimum one hour or more to marinate and absorb all the flavours.

Paneer and veggies in malai tikka masala marination

4. Cooking and making malai paneer tikka

Traditionally malai paneer are cooked in a charcoal tandoor but can be made in Oven or pan also.

After the marination period is over bring them and start to cook either in oven, pan or tandoor. You can use paneer tikka sticks  to thread the paneer and the vegetables or small iron shewers. If using wooden sticks then soak them in water for about thirty minutes.

While threading the paneer use any one of the shashlik cube and thread in between the paneer pieces. 

Malai paneer in shewers and sticks

Makai paneer tikka in oven

Place the threaded paneer sticks on a baking tray and brush with some butter over the paneer. Now place the tray inside a preheated oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the paneer become crisp golden. Remove them and place on a plate.

Cooking malai paneer tikka in oven

 Sprinkle some chat masala and coriander leaves and serve hot with green chutney.

Makai paneer tikka without oven

If you want to make malai paneer tikka on pan then don't add the grated cheese in the marination as the melted cheese get stuck on the pan while cooking.

Heat a pan over medium heat flame gas with one tablespoon oil. When become hot lower the heat flame to low and place the paneer sticks carefully on the pan.

Cook for two minutes or until that side become charred. Rotate the sticks and cook them from all sides till become crisp golden.

Two malai paneer tikka sticks on tawa

 While cooking them on the pan, the paneer would release some moisture along with the marination. So don't get nervous. Cook them untill all the moisture evaporated and the paneer become dry. 

Cooking in tandoor

To cook them in a preheated charcoal tandoor you need long size iron shewers to thread the marinated paneer and the vegetables. Thread the paneer and vegetables alternatively one after q. And at the end thread half of a potato so that the paneer won't fall from the shewers when get cooked inside the tandoor. 

Now place the shewers inside the tandoor and cook till crisp golden. It will take around 6 to 8 minutes in a medium hot tandoor to cook the malai paneer.

                                   Video

Malai paneer tikka recipe video

                                   Nutritional value

  • Calorie : 281
  • Fats : 24 g
  • Protein : 11 g
  • Carbohydrate : 4 g
Frequently asked questions

1. Why my malai paneer tikka is so bland in taste?
This may be due to not absorbing flavours while in marination. Generally it happens with paneer dishes like paneer tikka as well. You need to mix spices like chat masala and chilli powder with paneer pieces before adding them in marination. And before serving sprinkle some chat masala as well over the malai paneer tikka.

2. Is malai paneer tikka sweet in taste?
No, it is not sweet in taste but creamy. In some places it may be served as sweet in taste but most are not. If you want to make it sweet then add a small pinch of sugar powder in the marination.

3. Why my malai paneer tikka is so hard ?
You may have cooked the paneer for longer period of time. Over cooked paneer often become hard if left for long time. Paneer dishes should be eaten hot after cooking. Use a good quality paneer.

4. Can I make malai paneer tikka without curd?
Yes you can make the marination for makai paneer tikka without curd. Use more amount of cream, cashew nuts paste and cooking oil.

Difference between paneer tikka and malai paneer tikka
  • Paneer tikka is spicy in taste and red in color due to the use of red chilli powder and red chilly paste whereas malai paneer tikka is creamy mild  in taste and golden white in color.
  • Spice powder like garam masala, cumin powder, red chilli powder are used in paneer tikka but not in malai paneer tikka. Only green cardamom powder is used.
  • Cheese, cashew nuts and cream are used in paneer malai tikka. But not in paneer tikka.
                                   Recipe notes
  • Spice powder like garam masala, cumin powder, dhaniya powder are not used because they can change the color and alter the creamy flavor.
  • In place of black pepper powder, green chilli paste can be used.
  • Don't add cheese while cooking on tawa. Work fine on pan with the same marination 
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