Paneer Tikka  Recipe

Paneer Tikka Recipe

20 mins
2-3 people
15 mins



Let me take you on a journey through the tantalizing flavors of Paneer Tikka. It was a warm summer evening when I first encountered this mouthwatering dish at a family gathering. The aroma of marinated paneer sizzling on the grill filled the air, instantly awakening my taste buds. From that moment on, Paneer Tikka became a beloved favorite, not just for its delicious taste, but also for the memories it evokes of laughter-filled gatherings and shared meals with loved ones.




The Recipe of Paneer Tikka




For the Base for First and Second Marination (Divide Equally):

  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

First Marination:

  • 1 tsp roasted garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp hung curd

Second Marination:

  • 1 tbsp achar masala
  • 2 tbsp hung curd

Third Marination:

  • A pinch of black pepper powder (for paneer marination)
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp refined oil
  • ¼ tsp kasuri methi powder
  • ½ tsp fennel powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp hung curd
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream

Common Ingredients:

  • 250 gm paneer
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch red chili powder
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • Green capsicum, diced
  • Onion, diced





  1. In a pan, prepare the base for the first and second marination by mixing mustard oil, red chili powder, and turmeric powder. Divide the mixture equally into 2 bowls.

  2. Marinate the paneer in three different plates using the common marination ingredients. Add black pepper powder to one of the marinations.

  3. For the first marination: In a bowl with the mustard base, mix roasted garlic paste, hung curd, and salt. Coat one portion of the pre-marinated paneer evenly.

  4. For the second marination: In a bowl with the mustard base, mix achar masala and hung curd. Coat one portion of the pre-marinated paneer evenly.

  5. For the third marination: In a bowl, mix all the ingredients mentioned under the third marination. Coat one portion of the pre-marinated paneer (with black pepper powder) evenly.

  6. Skewer the marinated paneer along with diced capsicum and onion. Cook one batch in the oven by brushing it with oil and baking at 180 degrees Celsius for about 10-12 minutes. Cook the other batch on a grill pan greased with oil. Once cooked, serve hot.




About the Recipe


Paneer Tikka is a quintessential Indian appetizer that never fails to impress. Made with marinated paneer cubes skewered and grilled to perfection, this dish is bursting with flavor and texture. The marinade, typically made with yogurt and aromatic spices, infuses the paneer with a rich and tangy taste, while the grilling process adds a delightful smoky char. Whether served as an appetizer or a side dish, Paneer Tikka is sure to be a hit at any gathering.



Cooking Tips


  1. Marinating Time: Allow the paneer to marinate for at least 30 minutes to ensure it absorbs the flavors of the marinade.
  2. Skewering Technique: Thread the marinated paneer cubes onto skewers along with colorful bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes for added flavor and visual appeal.
  3. Grilling Temperature: Grill the paneer tikka over medium-high heat for the perfect balance of smokiness and tenderness.



Pairing Guide


Paneer Tikka pairs beautifully with mint chutney and tandoori naan, creating a complete and satisfying meal. For a lighter option, serve it alongside a fresh salad or with fluffy basmati rice and dal.




Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is Paneer Tikka?
    • Paneer Tikka is a popular Indian appetizer made with marinated paneer cubes grilled to perfection.
  2. Can I make Paneer Tikka without a grill?
    • Yes, you can also bake or broil Paneer Tikka in the oven for similar results.
  3. What spices are used in Paneer Tikka marinade?
    • The marinade typically includes a blend of yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, and chaat masala.
  4. How long should I marinate the paneer for Paneer Tikka?
    • It's best to marinate the paneer for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate.
  5. Can I use store-bought paneer for Paneer Tikka?
    • While homemade paneer is ideal, you can use store-bought paneer for convenience.
  6. What can I serve with Paneer Tikka?
    • Paneer Tikka pairs well with mint chutney, tandoori naan, or as a filling in wraps or sandwiches.
  7. Is Paneer Tikka spicy?
    • The level of spiciness can be adjusted according to taste preferences by varying the amount of chili powder used in the marinade.
  8. Can I make Paneer Tikka ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can marinate the paneer ahead of time and grill it just before serving for maximum freshness.
  9. How do I prevent the paneer from sticking to the grill?
    • Brushing the grill grates with oil before grilling and using metal skewers instead of wooden ones can help prevent sticking.
  10. Can I make Paneer Tikka in the oven?
    • Yes, Paneer Tikka can be baked in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and charred around the edges.