Paneer Tikka
Paneer Tikka
5 from 1 vote
Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Indian cuisine with paneer tikka, a dish that marries smoky goodness with vibrant spices. Perfect for gatherings or a family dinner, this recipe is a hit among vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Get ready to make magic in your kitchen!
Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka is a tantalizing Indian dish that showcases the rich flavors of marinated paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and colorful vegetables grilled to perfection.

Originating from the Indian subcontinent, this dish has become a beloved appetizer or side dish in Indian cuisine, loved for its spicy, tangy, and aromatic taste.

Despite its exotic name, Paneer Tikka is surprisingly simple to prepare, making it an ideal choice for both beginners and seasoned cooks alike. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a flavorful snack, Paneer Tikka is sure to impress with its vibrant colors and bold flavors.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, consider adding a sprinkle of chaat masala or kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) to the finished Paneer Tikka before serving.


Paneer: Paneer provides a creamy texture and mild flavor that complements the spices in the marinade.

Bell Pepper: The vibrant colors and crisp texture of bell peppers add a delightful crunch and sweetness to the dish, balancing out the spices.

Onion: Sliced onion layers not only contribute to the visual appeal of Paneer Tikka but also impart a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor.

Yogurt: Yogurt serves as the base of the marinade, tenderizing the paneer and infusing it with tanginess.

Ginger Garlic Paste: This aromatic blend adds warmth and depth of flavor to the marinade, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.

Spices: Cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and garam masala come together to create a flavorful spice blend that elevates the taste of Paneer Tikka.

Lemon Juice: The acidity of lemon juice helps to tenderize the paneer while adding a refreshing citrusy note to the marinade.

Salt: Salt not only enhances the flavors of the marinade but also helps to season the paneer and vegetables.

Coriander: Freshly chopped coriander leaves, used as a garnish, add a burst of freshness and color to the finished dish.

Expert Tip: Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before threading them with the marinated paneer and vegetables to prevent them from burning during grilling.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve Paneer Tikka hot off the grill or oven as an appetizer, accompanied by mint chutney and lemon wedges for a refreshing contrast.
  • Pair Paneer Tikka with naan bread or roti for a delicious main course.
  • Include Paneer Tikka in a buffet spread or party platter for a crowd-pleasing dish that is sure to impress guests.

Expert Tip: Ensure that the paneer cubes are well-coated with the marinade to ensure maximum flavor absorption.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use tofu instead of paneer?

Yes, tofu can be substituted for paneer for a vegan version of Paneer Tikka. Ensure that the tofu is pressed and drained before marinating to achieve a similar texture.

Can I make Paneer Tikka in advance?

Yes, you can marinate the paneer and vegetables in advance and store them in the refrigerator until ready to cook. However, it is best to grill or bake the Paneer Tikka just before serving to retain its freshness and flavor.

Can I use a grill pan instead of a grill or oven?

Yes, a grill pan can be used to cook Paneer Tikka indoors. Preheat the grill pan over medium-high heat and cook the skewers for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the paneer and vegetables are cooked through.

Can I adjust the spice level of Paneer Tikka?

Yes, you can adjust the amount of chili powder according to your preference for spiciness. You can also add more or less of any other spices to suit your taste.

Can I freeze Paneer Tikka?

While you can freeze marinated paneer and vegetables, the texture may change upon thawing, resulting in a slightly different texture. It is best to consume Paneer Tikka fresh for optimal taste and texture.

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Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka

by Nabeela Kauser
Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Indian cuisine with paneer tikka, a dish that marries smoky goodness with vibrant spices. Perfect for gatherings or a family dinner, this recipe is a hit among vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 219 kcal


  • 250 g Paneer Cubed
  • 1 Bell Pepper Cut into chunks
  • 1 Onion Layers separated

For the marinade:

  • 3 tbsp Yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder Adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt To taste
  • Coriander Chopped (for garnish)


  • In a bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients: yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well to form a smooth paste.
  • Add the paneer cubes to the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Cover the bowl and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the grill or oven to 200°C (392°F).
  • Thread the marinated paneer cubes, bell pepper chunks, and onion layers onto skewers, alternating between them.
  • Place the skewers on the grill or in the oven, leaving space between each skewer. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the paneer and vegetables are cooked and slightly charred around the edges.
  • Once cooked, remove the skewers from the heat.
  • Garnish the paneer tikka with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve the paneer tikka hot as an appetizer or as a side dish with mint chutney and lemon wedges.


Make sure to soak wooden skewers in water for about 30 minutes before threading the ingredients to prevent them from burning.
Adjust the spice levels according to your preference.
You can also add other vegetables like tomatoes or mushrooms to the skewers.
The longer you marinate the paneer, the more flavourful it will be.
This recipe can be adapted for stovetop cooking using a grill pan or a non-stick pan.
Enjoy the paneer tikka as a delightful and flavourful Indian appetizer or snack!
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 10gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 36mgPotassium: 161mgFibre: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1102IUVitamin C: 42mgVitamin D: 0.01µgCalcium: 337mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cheese, Cooking, Food, Gluten-Free, Paneer Tikka, Recipe, Sides, Vegetarian
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