Paneer Tikka

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Paneer tikka is a popular Indian dish made from chunks of paneer/ Indian cottage cheese marinated in yogurt, spices and grilled in a tandoor traditionally but this can be easily made at home too.

I have made this Juicy Panner Tikka made in Tawa served in restaurant style without oven. This is so easy to make that you can make this ready in just a few minutes.

I like to have this with the Pickled onions and a mint yogurt chutney. I seriously refuse to serve this dish without the onions because they are simply so good.

Paneer Tikka

Paneer tikka is a popular Indian dish made from chunks of paneer/ cottage cheese marinated in spices and grilled.
Servings 2
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 300 gm Paneer/Cottage Cheese cut in big cubes
  • Β½ Cup Thick/Hung Curd/Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 Tbsp Roasted Gram flour/BesanΒ 
  • Salt to taste ( chat masala contains salt already so use less)Β 
  • Β½ Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander powder
  • Β½ Tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 Tsp Chat Masala
  • Β½ Tsp Garam Masala
  • Β½ Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 1 Tsp Kasturi methi/Fenugreek leaves crushed
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Hot Mustard Oil
  • Red and Green Bell Peppers cube cut
  • Onions cube cut
  • Ghee to fryΒ 

Mint Chutney:

  • 1 Cup Mint Leaves
  • 1 Cup Coriander Leaves
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1 Green chilli
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Ice Cubes
  • 1 Tbsp Whisked Greek Yogurt/Thick Curd

PICKLED ONIONS

  • Β½ Cup Onions rings sliced thin
  • Salt to taste
  • ΒΌ Tsp Kashmiri Red chilli powder
  • ΒΌ Tsp Chat masala
  • 1 Tsp Lemon juice/Vinegar

Instructions

  • Dry Roast besan or Gram flour on low heat for a few minutes or till the color chnages. Keep aside.
    roast
  • To get soft juicy Paneer, keep them soaked in filtered water for sometime. Then drain them properly. Its important that paneer should be at room temperature before putting them into the marination and before frying.
  • Marinate Hung Curd with spices and roasted gram flour. Mix cube cut Paneer and Bell peppers and Onions. Keep marinated for atleast 20-30mins.
    marinate
  • Make the Pickled Onions, mix the onion rings with salt, chat masala, Kashmiri chilli powder and Lemon juice.
    onions
  • Make the Mint Chutney. Grind everything except the curd along with icecubes. Adding Ice cubes helps to get a vibrant color because the heat from the blender causes a darker color.
    chutney
  • Insert the Paneer pieces in wooden skewers and fry them in Ghee/Butter till golden brown.
    fried
  • Sprinkle Chat Masala on top and Chopped coriander leaves. Serve them hot with the Mint Chutney and Pickled Onions and Freshly squeezed Lemon juice.
    paneer-tikka

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Notes

To get soft juicy Paneer, keep them soaked in filtered water for sometime. Then drain them properly.
Dont skip dry roasting the Besan. It helps in acting as a binding agent for the spices to adhere to the Paneer pieces.
Using Mustard oil helps in enhancing the flavor.
Adding Ice cubes to the mint chutney helps to get a vibrant color because the heat from the blender causes a darker color.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: paneer, paneer recipes, paneer tikka, vegetarian, vegetarian starters

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