How to Make Paneer Tikka at Home

Paneer tikka is a popular Indian dish made with marinated and grilled paneer (Indian cottage cheese) along with vegetables. Here’s a basic recipe for making paneer tikka:

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Ingredients:

For the marinade:

  • 250 grams paneer, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup thick yogurt (hung curd)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon besan (gram flour) – optional, but helps in binding the marinade
  • 1 small onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 bell pepper (capsicum), cut into chunks
  • 1 tomato, cut into chunks

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For garnish:

  • Lemon wedges
  • Chopped coriander leaves

Instructions:

Paneer Tikka
  1. In a bowl, mix together yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, salt, and vegetable oil.
  2. Add besan (gram flour) to the mixture. This is optional but helps in binding the marinade and gives a nice coating to the paneer.
  3. Add paneer cubes, onion chunks, bell pepper chunks, and tomato chunks to the marinade. Mix gently, ensuring all the pieces are coated well with the marinade. Allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes. You can also marinate it overnight in the refrigerator for more flavor.
  4. Preheat the grill or oven to 200°C (400°F). If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 20-30 minutes to prevent them from burning.
  5. Thread the marinated paneer, onion, bell pepper, and tomato onto skewers, alternating the pieces.
  6. Place the skewers on the grill or on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Grill or bake for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the paneer and vegetables are lightly charred and cooked through.
  7. Once done, remove from the grill or oven and garnish with lemon wedges and chopped coriander leaves.
  8. Serve hot with mint chutney or your favorite dipping sauce.

Enjoy your delicious homemade paneer tikka!

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