Paneer Tikka

One of the renowned vegetarian starters from India cuisine. We marinate paneer (cottage cheese) in yogurt and spices for couple of hours and then grill it on a grill pan or normal pan. I have added only onions along with paneer, you can also add seeded tomatoes and bell peppers. Serve it with green chutney.

Also try: Hariyali Paneer Tikka

Course: Starters

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 15 mins, Marinate – 2 hours, Cooking – 15 mins, Total – 2.5 hours

Servings: 2-3


  1. Paneer (Cottage Cheese) – 200 grams (cut into around 1 inch cubes)
  2. Hung Curd – 1/2 cup
  3. Gram Flour – 1 tbsp
  4. Onion – 1 medium size (cut into around 1 inch cubes)
  5. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
  6. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  7. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  9. Dry Mango Powder – 1/2 tsp
  10. Chaat Masala Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Black Salt – 1/4 tsp
  12. Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp
  13. Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
  14. Oil – for shallow frying tikka + 1 tbsp for marination
  15. Salt to taste

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML

How to make Paneer Tikka:

  1. Take hung curd in a big mix bowl
  2. Add gram flour and all the spices – red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, dry mango powder, chaat masala powder, black salt and kasuri methi. Mix well
  3. Add 1 tbsp oil, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and salt. Mix well
  4. Add paneer and onion cubes. Mix gently with your hand or with a spoon
  5. Make sure paneer and onions are covered in marinade
  6. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. You can even keep it for more hours if you have time
  7. Now take the paneer and onion cubes in any order on a skewer
  8. Heat a grill pan or normal pan. Pour around 2 tsp of oil and place the skewer
  9. Turn the flame to medium and shallow fry from all the sides till it’s golden brown
  10. Your Paneer Tikka is ready to serve
  11. Serve hot with sliced onions, lemon wedges and Chutney.

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