Paneer Tikka recipe is a popular and most delicious tandoori-style snack. Paneer is marinated with spiced yogurt-based marinade, arranged on skewers, and grilled over the oven.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cuisine: North Indian
Course: Snacks, Starters
Serving: 3 people
Paneer Tikka Recipe Ingredients
200 to 250 grams Paneer or Indian cottage cheese
½ cup diced onions or 1 medium sized onion
½ diced capsicum or 1 small to medium bell pepper – green, yellow or red
For Paneer Tikka Marination
200 grams Hung Curd or greek yogurt
1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste or 1 tablespoon crushed ginger-garlic
2 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder or 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
½ tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
½ tbsp Garam Masala Powder
1 tbsp ajwain
1 tbsp dry mango powder
1 tbsp chaat masala
½ tbsp black pepper powder – optional
1.5 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp mustard oil or any neutral tasting oil
½ tbsp black salt – optional
salt as required
some mustard oil for brushing
Paneer Tikka Recipe making Instruction
Chop the paneer in square shaped cubes.
Dice the onions and capsicum in 1 or 1.5 inches square pieces.
In a large bowl, take the hung curd (greek yogurt) and whisk it lightly till it becomes smooth
Add ginger-garlic paste, all the spice powders, carom seeds, black salt, regular salt, lemon juice and mustard oil.
Mix very well. Check the taste and add more seasonings if required. Add the veggies and paneer to the marinade. Slowly and gently mix them with the marinade.
Cover the bowl and marinate for at least 2 hours or more in the refrigerator. After 2 hours thread the paneer and veggies alternately on bamboo skewers. Soak or rinse the bamboo skewers before threading.
Grilling Paneer Tikka
Preheat the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 230 or 240 degree celsius or 464 degrees Fahrenheit. Use only the top heating element.Line a baking tray with aluminium foil or parchment paper. Arrange the paneer skewers on the tray. Brush some oil on the veggies and paneer cubes all over.
Place the tray on the top rack. Grill the paneer tikka first for 7 to 10 minutes at 230 or 240 degree celsius or or 464 degrees Fahrenheit. Then remove and turn the skewers.
Place back on the top rack in the oven and continue to grill for 3 to 5 minutes more till the edges of the paneer are golden or slightly charred. Do not grill for a long time as then paneer cubes becomes hard.Since temperatures vary from oven to oven do keep a check. You can reduce or increase the time as required. Total grilling time will be 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and then place the paneer cubes on a serving plate. Sprinkle some chaat masala and lemon juice. Serve paneer tikka with mint chutney and onion rings with lemon wedges