Paneer Tikka – The Ultimate Recipe for vegetarians

Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka is a popular Indian appetizer or starter where marinated chunks of paneer (Indian cottage cheese) are skewered and grilled or baked. Here’s a simple and delicious Paneer Tikka recipe for you to try:


For the Marinade:

250g paneer, cut into cubes

1 cup thick yogurt/dahi

1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste

1 tablespoon red chili powder

1 tablespoon coriander powder

1 tablespoon garam masala

1 tablespoon chaat masala

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Salt to taste

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Skewers:

Capsicums, onions, and tomatoes (cut into cubes)

For Basting (optional):

2 tablespoons melted butter


Marinating the Paneer:

In a large bowl, mix together yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, chaat masala, lemon juice, salt, and vegetable oil.

Adding Paneer:

Add the paneer cubes to the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Cover the bowl and let it marinate for at least 1-2 hours in the refrigerator. Longer marination imparts more flavour.

Prepping the Skewers:

Preheat your grill or oven to a high temperature.

Thread marinated paneer, bell peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes onto skewers, alternating them for a colourful presentation.

Grilling or Baking:

Grill the skewers for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the paneer is golden brown and has a slightly charred appearance. Alternatively, you can bake them in a preheated oven at 200°C (392°F) for about 20-25 minutes.

Basting (Optional):

If desired, you can baste the paneer with melted butter during the grilling or baking process for added flavour and moisture.


Once cooked, remove the skewers from the grill or oven.

Serve the paneer tikka hot with mint chutney, tamarind sauce, or a squeeze of lemon. Garnish with slice of onion ring and fresh coriander.

Enjoy your homemade Paneer Tikka as a tasty appetizer or snack!

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