Pesto Paneer Tikka

We all know Paneer Tikka is a famous Indian vegetarian starter and it’s always relished by all (almost all, lol!). This time I tried a fusion, marinated paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) in pesto and then grilled it. And WHOA!!! It was incredibly delicious. 

I love the flavor of it as is, without any sauce or chutney. If you prefer then try it with green chutney or tzatziki sauce.

Also try: Paneer Tikka or Hariyali Paneer Tikka.

Course: Starters

Cuisine: Indian-Italian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Marination – 30 mins, Cooking – 10 mins, Total – 50 mins

Servings: 2


  1. Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – 200 grams (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  2. Hung Curd (or plain greek yogurt) – 2 tbsp
  3. Pesto Sauce – 3 tbsp (recipe here)
  4. Oil – to roast the tikka 
  5. Salt to taste.

How to make Pesto Paneer Tikka:

  1. Take a mixing bowl. Add hung curd, pesto sauce and salt if required. Mix well
  2. Add paneer cubes and gently mix with your hand or with a spoon. It should be well coated in the marinade
  3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 mins
  4. Put marinated paneer on a skewer  
  5. Heat a grill pan or tawa. Pour a few drops of oil and place the skewer. Roast it from all the sides until golden brown
  6. Your Pesto Paneer Tikka is ready. Relish it!!!


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