Paneer Tikka

Paneer is Indian cottage cheese and it is a very versatile ingredient and is used in making gravies, rice dishes, wraps, indo-chinese recipes like Chili Paneer and kebabs to even desserts like rasgulla.

Paneer tikka is a quick and easy snack/starter course and just the look of grilled vegetables with paneer and spices on a skewer will tempt anyone.

Ingredients:
Paneer – 12 cubes (Not fried paneer, but fresh paneer)
Red onion- one small size
Cherry tomatoes- 8 each or roma tomatoes- 2
Mushrooms (optional)- 8
Peppers(any color)-1
Zucchini(Optional)-1

For the marinade:
Thick yogurt- 1/2 cup
Salt- to taste
Red chili powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1/2 tsp

Other ingredients:
Olive oil- 1 tsp
Salt and pepper to season
Skewers- 4
Lemon juice- 1 tsp


Method:

In a bowl,whisk the yogurt well and add salt, red chili powder, garam masala powder, ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder.

Chop the paneer into 1″ cubes. Add the paneer cubes to the bowl with marinade and toss well to coat. Cover with a wrap and let it sit inside the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes. You can also make the marinade in the morning and store it in the fridge and make the tikkas in the evening.

Soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes so that they will not burn in the oven/grill.

Chop red onions into 1″ chunks. If using cherry tomato, use it as a whole tomato to insert into the skewer. Chop zucchini, peppers into 1″ chunks. Use mushrooms as whole mushrooms if the size is small.

Pre heat oven to 400 F.

Heat oil in a pan and place the paneer cubes soaked in the marinade in the pan. Do not pour the marinade into the pan, just use the cubes.

Once the paneer is toasted to a golden brown color on both sides, remove them from the pan.

In a skewer, insert a chunk of onion, a tomato, mushroom, pepper, the toasted paneer cubes and repeat in any order till the skewer is filled. Repeat for other skewers. Brush the vegetables with some oil.

Arrange the skewers in a baking tray and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes. While the tikkas are hot, season with salt and pepper and squeeze some lemon juice on top.

Serve hot.

Alternatively you can also grill the skewers. You can also stuff the grilled vegetables and panner inside a pita bread or use it as a wrap with chappatis.

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23 Comments to “Paneer Tikka”

  1. wow my fav,looks very tempting and perfectly done …liked your idea of toasing on tawa and then grilling it again

  2. Swathi says:

    Sowjanya,

    paneer tikka looks really awesome. Easy to make too.good party appetizer

  3. notyet100 says:

    looks delicious,…

  4. simply.food says:

    This is afirm favorites of ours when we have barbeques.Your dish looks wonderful and colourful.

  5. Aps says:

    Wow…. U made it on tawa Kudos To U :)…. :)

  6. Namitha says:

    That looks so beautiful..I love tikkas and paneer is my daughter’s fav…Such a great starter for a party..

  7. panchpakwan says:

    Looks so delicious and spicy tikkas..

  8. Priya says:

    Am drooling over those paneer tikkas, my all time favourite…Very tempting!!

  9. Great looking Ruchika. I am drooling here as I love paneer tikka :)

  10. PS says:

    Wow, looks very delicious and its tempting me a lot to have it now.. nice pics too..

  11. Madhu says:

    They are looking colorful and delish. Its been a while since I had them, need to make some.

  12. Smitha says:

    Looks absolutely yummy!!
    Smitha

  13. Usha says:

    Looks fantastic and very tempting !

  14. Srimathi says:

    Hey, this is a great idea.You toast the paneer and then put it in the oven. Great Idea.

  15. Raks says:

    I should really try this method next time,that is paneer in pan first then Skew it in oven! Thanks a lot for this idea :)

  16. Rohini says:

    Simply awesome looking tikkas dear.. This is one thing I really miss here.. Restaurants here dont serve these… :( But now that I have an authentic recipe, I shouldn’t miss it anymore :)

  17. Jyoti says:

    oh.. i m drooling over the pics.. it has been on my to do list for long..

  18. Deepa says:

    these look so yummy..fantastic..love them as my starters..

  19. Cham says:

    Any leftover? Great for vege people when we do BBQ !

  20. Joanne says:

    First of all, I saw the word paneer and instantly started drooling. Then I saw your picture and passed the point of no return. These look delicious!

  21. PJ says:

    looks so yummy! one of my favorite appetizers.

  22. Jay says:

    Looks amazing…too tempting clicks…!
    Thanx for the entry…:)

  23. niko says:

    It looking awsome,thanking for sharing.

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