This Paneer Tikka recipe is such an addictive and yummy starter / appetizer prepared with veggies and paneer. Curd is the main ingredient here, followed by variety of Indian spice powders. Though the ingredient list seems to be lengthier, how to make paneer tikka is not at all a complicated process and can be done in few minutes. This is a very versatile recipe, that veggies can be altered, paneer can be replaced with Tofu paneer and finally, the whole dish can be baked / grilled / Barbequed or even done on stove top. So don’t miss to try this delicious Paneer Tikka recipe as it is a kids friendly recipe also.
Paneer Tikka Recipe | How to make Paneer Tikka
Recipe Cuisine: North Indian | Recipe Category: Starters / Snacks
Preparation : 20 Mins + 2 hours | Cook time : 15 Mins | Serves : 2 to 3
- Paneer (Cottage Cheese) – 200 gm
- Big Onion – 1
- Tomato – 1
- Capsicum (Bell pepper) – 1/2 cup mixed (yellow, green, red)
- Chat Masala powder – 1 /2 tsp (To sprinkle on top)
- Oil – 2 tblsp
- Thick Curd / Hung curd – 1 cup
- Besan Flour / Bengal Gram Flour – 2 tblsp
- Turmeric Powder – 1/ 4 tsp
- Chilli Powder – 1.5 tblsp
- Garam Masala Powder – 1.5 tsp
- Jeera Powder – 1 tsp
- Ginger Garlic Paste – 1/2 tblsp
- Kasuri Methi Leaves – 2 tsp
- Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
- Salt – As Required
1. Dice onion, capsicum and paneer into 2″ inch pieces. Also de-seed tomato and cube it. Then get ready with the dry ingredients. In a pan, add 1 tblsp of oil and besan flour.2. Mix it well without any lumps. Fry the besan flour in low flame, until bubbles appear and the raw smell leaves off. Switch off flame and let it cool down. In a large bowl, add curd, turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder and jeera powder. Then add ginger garlic paste, crushed kasuri methi leaves followed by besan mixture and salt.3. Whisk it well to a smooth batter. Check for spice level and salt, if required adjust it. Now add paneer, capsicum, onion and tomato. Mix everything very gently.
4. Finally squeeze lemon juice and mix again. Refrigerate for minimum 2 hours or overnight. Line a baking tray with foil paper and brush it with little oil.
5. Now skewer the paneer and veggies alternatively or as per preference. If using wooden skewers soak in water for 1/2 hour and then use it. This step helps to avoid burning of sticks.
6. Arrange it in a tray. Apply the remaining masala on top. Brush the paneer and veggies with oil all over.7. Pre-heat the oven at 200c for 15 minutes. Place the tray in the oven, bake it for 10 minutes at 200c. Then flip it to the other side, apply little oil and bake for another 5 minutes at 180c. How to make Paneer tikka on stove top
1. Heat a non stick tawa, place the veggies and paneer over the tawa. Add little oil and cook it in medium flame for 3 to 4 mins. Flip it to the other side, add little more oil and cook for another 3 mins until the paneer and veggies turn golden brown. Then skewer the veggies and paneer. Frying it separately helps in even cooking, else you can skewer it and then fry also.
Sprinkle chat masala on top and delicious paneer tikka is ready to serve.
1. If you are calorie conscious, paneer can be replaced with Tofu paneer.
2. Veggies choice is purely optional. Cauliflower, broccoli, baby corns or even mushrooms can be used.
3. Use thick / hung curd. If the curd is watery, hang it in a muslin cloth for 1 hour and then use it.
4. If using sour curd, skip lemon juice.
5. Suggested marination time is minimum 2 hours or over night. More the marination time, better the flavour gets absorbed by the veggies and paneer.
6. Addition of besan flour is a must as it helps in binding. Also if cooked on stove top it avoids the veggies sticking to the pan.
7. Apply oil generously before baking else the veggies and paneer turn dry.
8. This paneer tikka recipe can be grilled, barbequed or even cooked on stove top also. There will be no difference in taste except the texture, as the paneer turns little crispy.
9. Don’t over bake / cook paneer, else it turns rubbery and smells burnt.
10. If you have readymade paneer tikka masala in hand, you can just add it to the curd and skip the dry ingredients (for simple version).
11. If cooking on stove top, always use a non stick tawa. This avoids the paneer getting stuck to the tawa.
wow! lovely paneer tikka! very colourful!
Looks fabulous and tempting