Tandoori Paneer Tikka

Tandoori Paneer Tikka

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A party without tandoori party starters is truly incomplete!

And of all such starters, the Tandoori Paneer Tikka is especially popular. The perfect blend of spices and smoky flavour of the marinated and tandoor-cooked paneer is just too awesome to describe.

Here is how you can impress your guests by making this all-time favourite party starter at home – and that too quite quickly and easily using a simple non-stick tava.

Make sure you let the paneer marinate for at least half an hour as it is important for the flavours to sink in. We have used a little besan in the marinade so that it coats the paneer well.

Your guests will enjoy the authentic flavour of this paneer tikka thoroughly, so be ready to take a bow!

Try your hand at making other nice starters like the Vegetable Satay or Tandoori Gobi.

Tandoori Paneer Tikka recipe - How to make Tandoori Paneer Tikka

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 12 paneer tikkas
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To Be Mixed Into A Marinade
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp roasted and ground cumin seeds (jeera)
3/4 cup fresh curd (dahi)
1/2 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
1/2 tsp green chilli paste
1 tsp black peppercorns (kalimirch) powder
1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf) powder
3/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/3 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
a few saffron (kesar) strands , dissolved in 1 tbsp milk

Other Ingredients
12 paneer (cottage cheese) cut into 50 mm. cubes
1 tbsp oil for cooking
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

  1. Combine the saffron strands and milk in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Combine the paneer, milk-saffron mixture and the marinade in a deep bowl, toss gently and keep aside to marinate for atleast ½ hour.
  3. Thread 3 pieces of paneer on a satay stick.
  4. Repeat with the remaining paneer cubes to make 3 more satay sticks.
  5. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), grease it lightly with ½ tbsp oil, place 2 satays on it and cook till they turn light brown in colour from all the sides.
  6. Sprinkle ½ tsp chaat masala evenly over it.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make 2 more satay sticks.
  8. Serve immediately.

Handy tip:

    Handy tip:
  1. Alternatively, grill the paneer tikkas on a tandoor or barbeque grill till light brown in colour from all sides.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per paneer tikka
Energy105 cal
Protein4.2 g
Carbohydrates5 g
Fiber0.7 g
Fat7.3 g
Cholesterol2 mg
Sodium5.8 mg


Tandoori Paneer Tikka
 on 17 Apr 19 11:30 AM

so yammy.
Edited after original posting.
Tarla Dalal
18 Apr 19 11:48 AM
   Happy to know you liked the recipe. Thanks for your feedback.
Tandoori Paneer Tikka
 on 25 Nov 18 04:55 PM

Excellent tandoori paneer recipe. Thk u
Tarla Dalal
26 Nov 18 09:00 AM
   Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed it. Happy cooking !!
Tandoori Paneer Tikka
 on 01 Oct 18 08:07 PM

I Love You Recipes. Nice Work.
Edited after original posting.
Tarla Dalal
03 Oct 18 09:29 AM
   Happy to know you like the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
तंदूरी पनीर टिक्का
 on 20 May 18 12:03 PM

Tandoori Paneer Tikka
 on 15 Apr 18 11:06 PM

Two questions ma''am. 1. Normally it requires hung curd. But this recipe is with normal curd. 2. Can I use ready made barbeque masala instead of masala suggested by you.
Tarla Dalal
16 Apr 18 10:10 AM
   Hi Jmd : If you wish to use thick curd then you can follow this recipe. You can use ready made barbeque masala. https://www.tarladalal.com/Paneer-Tikka-How-To-Make-Paneer-Tikka-Recipe-2908r
Edited after original posting.
Tandoori Paneer Tikka
 on 17 Jun 17 09:10 AM

What temperature should I use to grill it on a charcoal grill? For how long?
Tarla Dalal
19 Jun 17 04:48 PM
   Hi, You can grill till black spots appear on all the sides, while rotating it in between. This might take 3 to 4 minutes to cook.
तंदूरी पनीर टिक्का
 on 28 Mar 17 09:22 AM

Tandoori Paneer Tikka
 on 27 Oct 16 07:28 PM

Hello mam. Nice recipie. I will try it soon. I have a microwave which has both grill and convention mode. I wanted to know on which mode should i cook the tikkas on grill mode or in convention mode?
Tarla Dalal
28 Oct 16 08:48 AM
   Hi Asha, Use the grill mode or you can cook it on a tava as we have done..
29 Oct 16 12:09 PM
   Thanks for your reply mam. What will be the temperature and time setting for the grill mode? I would be making this recipie for 4 people, so please help me with the time and temperature setting mam
Tarla Dalal
29 Oct 16 12:22 PM
   Hi, You can grill it at 200 for 10 minutes or so , but keep checking them.
Tandoori Paneer Tikka
 on 24 Oct 16 05:50 PM

Paneer tikka i love very much this one so testy.
Tandoori Paneer Tikka
 on 21 Oct 16 11:45 AM

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