PANEER TIKKA RECIPE



Tikka basically means anything that is marinated and then baked, grilled or fried, and paneer tikka is a popular vegetarian tikka dish. This tasty homemade version is similar to the dish served in restaurants, but I would say it actually tastes better!

The Indian spice powders, mixed with the yoghurt (curd), make a flavorful marinade that is soaked up by the porous paneer cubes. Grilling the skewers then produces a nice, slight crispiness on the paneer.


For newbies to Indian food, tandoori style cooking is when marinated ingredients or Indian flatbreads, in this case, paneer cubes, have been threaded on a skewer and grilled in a tandoor, which is a cylindrical clay oven.

This produces a subtle charcoal flavour and is a popular way of cooking in Indian restaurants. In this homemade version, we grill the paneer skewers in the oven, although you can even bake them.


Most of the time, for tikka recipes, the yogurt-based marinade is made, which is unique to the tandoori style of grilling.

This restaurant-style paneer tikka can be easily made at home. In this delicious recipe, paneer cubes are marinated in a spiced yoghurt-based marinade, arranged on skewers, and grilled or baked in the oven.


This spicy snack is a dry dish, meaning it is not in a gravy sauce, but the paneer cubes themselves are juicy and succulent.


Bell peppers (capsicum) and onions have been added to the skewers in this recipe. The veggies add flavour and nutrition, and you can add as many as you like. This vegetarian dish makes great appetisers or sides.


INGREDIENTS

Cottage Cheese-200g

Hung curd: 2 tablespoons

Ginger-garlic paste

Kashmiri Mirch powder or paprika.

Turmeric powder

1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur)

Black salt

salt

1 teaspoon chaat masala

Dried Kasturi leaves

Garam masala powder

Lemon juice: half a lemon

Green capsicum: 1

Onion- 1

Tomato: 1

Melted butter

Coriander leaves, chopped

1 teaspoon of cumin powder

1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur)


PREPARATION

This spicy snack is a dry dish, meaning it is not in a gravy sauce, but the paneer cubes themselves are juicy and succulent.

Bell peppers (capsicum) and onions have been added to the skewers in this recipe. The veggies add flavour and nutrition and you can add as many as you like. This vegetarian dish makes great appetisers or sides.

Crush 1.5 inches ginger and 6 to 7 small to medium sized garlic to a fine paste in a mortar-pestle.


You will need 1 tablespoon of crushed ginger-garlic or 1 tablespoon of ready ginger-garlic paste.

Slice 200 to 250 grams block or paneer into cubes or squares and keep aside. Best is to use The bestmade paneer.

Put 200 grams of hung curd (greek yogurt) in a bowl. With a whisk, beat the curd lightly till smooth.


Now add 1 tablespoon of ginger garlic paste or 1 tablespoon of crushed ginger garlic to the curd. Also, add all the dry spice powders. Below you see the following Indian spice powders in clockwise order:




2 teaspoons kashmiri red chilli powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

Kasturi methi

½ teaspoon garam masala powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur)

1 teaspoon chaat masala

½ teaspoon black pepper powder (optional)


Kashmiri red chilli powder gives a nice red colour to the food but is not spicy and hot.


Instead of Kashmiri red chilli powder, you can add 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika or ½ to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Add ½ teaspoon black salt and regular salt as per taste. If you do not have black salt, then skip it.

Add ½ tablespoon (1.5 teaspoons) of lemon juice.

Next add 1 tablespoon of mustard oil. If you do not have mustard oil, then use a neutral-tasting oil.

Mix very well. Check the taste and add more seasonings if required.

Add the onions, capsicum and paneer to the marinade.

Slowly and gently mix them with the marinade. Cover and keep the marinated paneer and veggies in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more.

This is how they look after 2 hours.


Assemble and Grill Paneer Tikka

Begin to thread the veggies and paneer alternately on bamboo skewers. Before you begin to thread preheat the oven to 230 or 240 degrees Celsius or 464 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Use only the top heating element while preheating as well as grilling. Soak or rinse the bamboo skewers before threading.

Place them on a tray lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Brush with some oil all over.


Place the tray on the top rack and grill in the preheated oven for 7 to 10 minutes first at 230 to 240 degrees Celsius or 464 degrees Fahrenheit.


Then remove the tray from the oven and turn the paneer tikka skewers.

Again keep back on the top rack in the oven and continue to grill till the edges of the paneer and veggies are golden or slightly charred for about 3 to 5 minutes.

Do not grill for a long time as the paneer becomes hard. Keep an eye on the temperature because it varies from oven to oven.

You can reduce or increase the time as required. The total grilling time will be 15 to 20 minutes.


Remove once done. Serve the paneer tikka sprinkled with some chaat masala and lemon juice. Also serve mint chutney, onion slices and lemon wedges as sides.


Serving Suggestions

Whether you have made paneer tikka in the oven or on the Tawa, it is always served with this bright Mint Chutney that is made with curd (yogurt). This chutney is the traditional sauce or dip that is served with all tandoori dishes.


Onion slices and lemon wedges are also traditionally served with this appetizer dish or starter snack.

They even go well as a side dish. You can even eat paneer tikka with roti, naan, or bread or make wraps or rolls with them filled with your favorite toppings and veggies.


Expert Tips

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