paneer malai tikka

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Paneer malai tikka recipe with step by step pics. A popular and delicious variety of tikka that is served in restaurants is malai paneer tikka. Malai tikka has mild light flavors as compared to the regular Paneer tikka.

malai paneer tikka recipe

In paneer malai tikka cream is added. Cream is also called as malai in hindi. the layer of clotted cream on top of heated milk is also known as malai.

Making any variety of tikka recipe is very easy. marinate all the ingredients and then bake or grill. In this recipe I have grilled the tikka in the oven. So this recipe is only meant for an oven. If you do plan to shallow fry then do not forget to add 2 to 3 tablespoons besan or rice flour in the marination.

paneer malai tikka

Malai tikka can be served as a starter snack. You can even wrap it in rotis and make wraps or frankies.

How to make malai tikka

1. In a bowl take 5 tablespoons hung curd or greek yogurt or thick curd.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

2. Whisk for a minute till smooth.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

3. Then add ⅓ cup low fat cream (25% to 35% fat cream). You can also use whipping cream. If using whipping cream then add about 4 to 5 tablespoons.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

4. Mix very well.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

5. Then add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste, ¼ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds), ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (or white pepper powder), ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder. You can also 2 to 3 pinches of crushed kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) at this step.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

6. Add ½ teaspoon lemon juice. If you plan to fry the paneer cubes on tawa or griddle, then add 2 to 3 tablespoons besan or rice flour to the marination.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

7. Mix very well.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

8. Add ⅓ cup onion squares, ⅓ cup capsicum squares and 250 grams paneer cubes.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

9. Gently mix with a small silicone spatula or with a spoon. Take care not to break paneer cubes when mixing.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

10. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes. If keeping longer for marination, then marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours. Below is the pic after 30 minutes. Before grilling preheat oven at 240 degrees celsius for 15 minutes.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

Grilling malai tikka

11. Now thread the onion, capsicum and paneer cubes on bamboo skewers. Place the skewers on a pan that is lined and wrapped with aluminium foil. Rinse bamboo skewers with water before using them.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

12. Grill paneer malai tikka at 240 degrees celsius for 15 to 20 minutes. Use the grill mode if using an OTG. Since temperatures in ovens vary do keep a check as the malai tikka can take less or more time to get grilled. Keep the tray in the center rack.

making malai paneer tikka recipe

13. Once you see the top light browned or halfway through the grilling, remove and turn the skewers. Brush some oil if you want on the paneer, onion and capsicum cubes.

malai paneer tikka recipe

14. Keep back in the oven and continue to grill till the edges of a few paneer cubes or onions or capsicum are charred a bit.

malai paneer tikka recipe

15. Serve malai tikka hot or warm with a side of sliced onions, lemon wedges and mint-curd chutney. Sprinkle some chaat masala on the tikka cubes while serving.

paneer malai tikka recipe
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Paneer Malai Tikka

4.78 from 9 votes
Malai tikka is a popular and delicious variety of tikka that is served in restaurants.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Course: Snacks, Starters

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

for tikka marination mixture

  • 5 tablespoons hung curd or hung yogurt or thick curd
  • cup low fat cream - 25% to 35% fat
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder or white pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 to 3 pinches crushed kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) - optional
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt as required

other ingredients

  • cup onion - cut in squares
  • cup capsicum (bell pepper) - cut in squares
  • 250 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • oil as required for brushing on tikka

Instructions

making marination for malai tikka

  • In a bowl take 5 tablespoons hung curd or or greek yogurt or thick curd.
  • Whisk for a minute till smooth.
  • Then add ⅓ cup low fat cream and mix very well.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and all the spice powders including salt. 
  • You can also add 2 to 3 pinches of crushed kasuri methi (dried fenureek leaves).
  • Then add ½ teaspoon lemon juice. If you plan to fry the paneer cubes on tawa or pan, then add 2 to 3 tablespoons besan or rice flour to the marination.
  • Mix very well.
  • Add ⅓ cup onion squares, ⅓ cup capsicum squares and 250 grams paneer cubes.
  • Gently mix with a small silicon spatula or with a spoon. Take care not to break paneer cubes when mixing.
  • Cover and marinate for 30 minutes. If keeping longer for marination, then marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours.

making paneer malai tikka

  • Now thread the onion, capsicum and paneer cubes on bamboo skewers. Place the skewers on a pan which is lined and wrapped with aluminium foil. Rinse bamboo skewers with water before using them. 
  • Before grilling, preheat oven at 240 degrees for 15 minutes. 
  • Grill paneer malai tikka at 240 degrees celsius for 15 to 20 minutes. Use the grill mode if using an otg.
  • Once you see the top light browned remove and turn the skewers. Brush some oil if you want on the paneer, onion and capsicum cubes.
  • Keep back in the oven and continue to grill till the edges of a few paneer cubes or onions are charred a bit.
  • Serve paneer malai tikka hot or warm with a side of sliced onions, lemon wedges and mint-curd chutney.

Notes

  • This recipe is only meant for an oven. If you do plan to shallow fry then do not forget to add 2 to 3 tablespoons besan or rice flour in the marination.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 11gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 31mgPotassium: 86mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 680IUVitamin C: 17.1mgCalcium: 337mgIron: 0.1mg

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