Paneer Tikka is a popular Indian skewer made with marinated and grilled cottage cheese (paneer), bell pepper, and onion. This is the best restaurant-style paneer tikka recipe made at home. It is flavorsome, gluten-free, and requires only 20 minutes of prep-work.
About Paneer Tikka
Paneer Tikka is one of the most popular vegetarian Indian snacks. You will find it on the menu of Indian restaurants worldwide.
The soft cubes of paneer (cottage cheese) along with colorful vegetables – onion, bell peppers, tomato, are marinated in a spicy, gluten-free rub.
Later, skewered and grilled to perfection.
Reason To LOVE Paneer Tikka
easy to cook
BIG on flavors
best finger food
vegetarian & gluten-free
perfect for BBQ and potluck
Do you need more reasons to bookmark this paneer tikka recipe?
The secret tip of my delicious achari paneer tikka recipe is the marinade.
A good marination spice mix done right can transform an ordinary tikka into the most delicious one.
I use a mix of – curd, ginger-garlic paste, salt, spices, mustard oil, fenugreek leaves, and the homemade pickle (achaar) masala to make a marinade for the tikka.
The key flavoring ingredients are – pickle spice mix, mustard oil, and dry fenugreek leaves.
The longer paneer (cottage cheese) and vegetables sit in the marinade, more flavorsome, and juicy they will taste.
I usually prefer overnight time or at least 5 – 6 hours to rest the marinated cottage cheese and vegetables.
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It is usually served on the skewers as finger food or a BBQ snack. Hence, not many sides are required to accompany the paneer tikka.
Store the leftover grilled paneer tikka in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Use them for stuffing sandwiches, tacos, and wraps.
I use leftover marinated paneer and vegetables to make lip-smacking, flavorsome, Biryani style – paneer tikka pulao. It is probably the best use of marinated paneer and veggies.
FAQ’s Related To Paneer Tikka
Can I make paneer tikka in the oven?
Follow the marination steps as suggested in the paneer tikka recipe. Skewer the paneer and the vegetables. Grill in a preheated oven at 200-degree celsius till the edges of the paneer and the vegetables start turning crisp and brown. Flip, and brush with oil after 10 – 15 minutes.
How to make Paneer Tikka in a BBQ Grill?
Fire up the charcoal and prepare the barbecue grill. Brush the barbecue grill with little mustard oil. Place the paneer tikka skewers over the grill and cook evenly from both sides. Once the paneer tikka starts turning charred and crisp from the edges remove it from the grill.
How to make vegan tikka?
To make vegan tikka, use tofu cubes instead of paneer (cottage cheese). For a vegan marinade for the tikka, skip curd and replace it with vegan yogurt or coconut cream.
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Achari Paneer Tikka Recipe
- Grill Pan
- 500 gram paneer cottage cheese cut into cubes
- 2 Cup capsicum, cut into cubes
- 2 Cup onion, cut into cubes
Ingredients For The Marinade
- 1 Cup curd (yogurt)
- 1 teaspoon ginger – garlic paste
- 2 teaspoon pickle spice mix ( see recipe )
- 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon Chaat Masala
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon Kasuri Methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
- 1/4 Cup mustard oil
- Cut the paneer and the vegetables. keep them aside in a bowl.
- Combine yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, spices, salt and whisk nicely to make a smooth paste.
- Gently crush the kasuri methi in between your palms and add to the marinade mix.
- Now add the mustard oil. Whisk the marinade nicely. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Add the paneer cubes and the vegetables in the marinade. Mix to coat the tikka with the marinade.
- You can marinade the tikka overnight or atleast for 2 – 3 hours.
- Now you can cook the tikka on a bbq grill, oven or over the gas stove on a grill pan. Either ways it does not take more than 15 – 20 minutes to get ready.
- Drizzle lemon juice on tikka before serving.
- Serve Paneer Tikka with green chutney ( see recipe ).
- Gently crush the kasuri methi help release its flavor and aroma.
- While cooking/grilling once the paneer and the vegetables turn little brown from the edges they are ready to serve.
- Leftover marinated paneer tikka can be used for sandwich/wrap stuffing or to make tawa pulao (see recipe here).
- Calories shared are for one skewer of paneer tikka.