paneer tikka pizza

paneer tikka pizza recipe with step by step photos – looks daunting but trust me this desi pizza is very easy to prepare and taste yum. this delicious paneer tikka pizza is a must try for folks who like paneer, pizza and desi indian flavors.

paneer tikka pizza recipe

this is a healthy pizza as the pizza base is made from whole wheat flour. everything except the mozarella cheese, is made from scratch including the paneer or cottage cheese.

even the pizza sauce is made at home. this is my preferred pizza sauce recipe. i will be posting a separate post on the pizza sauce in some time.

this is a fusion recipe. so while the pizza and pizza sauce are italian, the paneer tikka is indian. if you want a total indian flavor, then make makhani sauce instead of pizza sauce.

when making this pizza, first make the pizza bread dough. when the bread is leavening, you prepare the paneer marinade and keep it for an hour….. and then get to make the pizza sauce. when the bread is doubled up and leavened you start assembling the pizza….. its that easy.

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i have created two pic collage for the step wise pics and divided into three main steps – making the pizza dough, paneer tikka and the pizza tomato sauce.

how to make paneer tikka pizza

preparing the whole wheat pizza dough –

1. proof the yeast in warm water for ten minutes. then add the oil, salt and 1 cup flour.

yeast for making pizza recipe

2. stir with a spoon or spatula. add 1 cup flour more and stir again and you will see the mixture leaves the sides of the bowl. add the last 1 cup and using your hands begin to knead the flour.

yeast mixture for paneer tikka pizza recipe

3.  knead to a smooth, soft and elastic dough. rub water all over the dough and keep in the same bowl to leaven the dough. cover the bowl and keep aside.

paneer tikka pizza dough

4. whisk the yogurt well. then add all the spice powders and herbs. mix and fold in the paneer cubes, onions, tomatoes and the bell pepper. keep aside for marination for minimum 1 hour.

marinated mixture for paneer tikka pizza recipe

5. puree the tomatoes. heat olive oil and saute the garlic for some seconds. add the tomato puree and saute for 3-4 minutes.

making paneer tikka pizza recipe

6. then add chopped basil, dry oregano, black pepper and salt. stir and simmer for 2-3 minutes. keep the sauce aside.

herbs for paneer tikka pizza recipe

making paneer tikka pizza

divide the dough into two or three parts depending on the size of your pan. roll the dough into a circle or oval keeping thickness of 1/4 inch. place the pizza base in a greased and dusted baking pan or tray. brush olive oil on the rolled pizza base.

divide dough to make paneer tikka pizza recipe

spread the tomato pizza sauce on the pizza base. evenly arrange the marinated pizza and veggie cubes on the pizza.

tomato pizza sauce on paneer tikka pizza base

sprinkle grated mozarella cheese on the pizza. bake the pizza in a pre heated oven at 250 degrees C for 15-20 minutes or more till the pizza base has been baked and cheese is browned.

baking - paneer tikka pizza recipe

remove the pizza from the oven and serve paneer tikka pizza hot with tomato sauce, red chili flakes and italian herb mix.

paneer tikka pizza recipe

Paneer Tikka Pizza

4.5 from 6 votes
paneer tikka pizza is a fusion pizza recipe. in this pizza recipe the base pizza is made from whole wheat flour and then topped with paneer tikka cubes.
achari paneer tikka recipe, paneer achari tikka recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:2 hrs 40 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for the pizza bread base

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast OR 1.5 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as required

for the paneer tikka

  • 125 to 150 grams paneer, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons thick yogurt or hung curd
  • 1 medium red or green or yellow bell pepper, diced or cubed
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and layers separated
  • 1 medium tomato, diced or cubed (optional)
  • 3 to 4 small to medium garlic cloves + ½ inch ginger - made into a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder or tandoori masala
  • ¼ teaspoon carom seeds
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala
  • rock salt + black salt or regular salt as required

for the pizza sauce

  • 2 medium tomatoes, pureed - yields approx 1 cup of tomato puree
  • 3 to 4 small to medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon dry oregano or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper as required - i added ½ teaspoon black pepper powder

topping extra

  • mozzarella cheese, grated - as required
  • 7 to 8 pitted black olives, sliced (optional)


preparing the pizza bread base

  • warm 1 cup water in a bowl.
  • stir and dissolve the ½ tsp sugar in it. sprinkle the yeast and stir.
  • cover and keep this mixture for 10-12 minutes at room temperature.
  • after 10-12 minutes when the yeast mixture bubbles and froths, add 1 cup flour, salt and olive oil.
  • stir the mixture well.
  • then add another cup of flour and stir again.
  • the flour mixture would begin to leave the sides of the flour.
  • add the last cup of flour and begin to knead the bowl.
  • working with your hands, knead the mixture, till you get a soft, smooth and elastic dough.
  • if the dough appears dry, then add some water.
  • if the dough is little sticky, its alright. but if too sticky then sprinkle some flour and continue to knead.
  • rub some water all over the pizza bread dough and keep in a covered bowl for 1:30 to 2 hours.

preparing the paneer tikka for pizza

  • whisk the yogurt in a bowl till smooth and creamy.
  • add all the ginger-garlic paste, carom seeds, salt, lemon juice and all the
  • spice powders mentioned above.
  • check the taste of the marination and add more salt or lemon juice or the spice powders if required.
  • chop the paneer into cubes.
  • dice the onions, bell pepper and tomatoes.
  • add the paneer cubes and the diced veggies to the yogurt sauce marinade.
  • fold in gently so that the paneer and veggies are evenly coated with the marinade.
  • cover and keep aside for minimum for 1 hour at room temperature. if keeping for more than 2 hours, then refrigerate.

preparing the pizza tomato sauce

  • rinse and then chop the tomatoes.
  • puree the tomatoes in a blender or with a hand blender.
  • heat olive oil in a small pan.
  • then add the chopped garlic and saute for 10-12 seconds.
  • add the tomato puree and saute for 3-4 mins.
  • when the tomatoes are cooked, add the chopped basil, dry oregano, salt and pepper.
  • simmer for 2-3 minutes more.
  • keep the pizza sauce aside.

assembling the paneer tikka pizza

  • when the dough has doubled up and nicely leavened, then divide the dough into 2-3 parts. 2 parts of the pizza dough will give you a medium
  • pizza and 3 parts will give you a small pizza.
  • you can refrigerate the remaining dough if not using it immediately.
  • grease the baking pan with olive oil and sprinkle some flour on it.
  • preheat your oven to 250 degrees C atleast 20 minutes before you begin baking.
  • roll the dough on a dusted work flour surface
  • place the rolled dough on the greased baking pan or tray.
  • brush some olive oil on the pizza base.
  • next spread the tomato pizza sauce evenly.
  • now top the pizza with the marinated paneer cubes, bell pepper, onions and tomatoes.
  • arrange the olive slices if using.
  • sprinkle grated mozarella cheese on the top.
  • bake the pizza in the oven for 15-20 minutes or more till the cheese has
  • browned from top and the pizza base has been cooked.
  • the paneer would also be cooked by then.
  • remove and serve the paneer tikka pizza hot with tomato sauce.


  • if making for small kids, then reduce the spice quantities in the paneer tikka marinade.
  • you can make pizza from half of the dough and refrigerate the remaining part.
  • the baking time varies from oven to oven, so do keep an eye whilst the pizza is baking in the oven.
  • the tomato pizza sauce mentioned in the recipe can be used for two medium pizzas.
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37 comments/reviews

  1. I tried this a couple of times and everytime it has the same awesome taste😊just had a doubt wanted to know if it is possible to make it as mushroom tikka ( using your mushroom tikka recipe)5 stars

  2. Hey awesome recipie……
    Usually the pizza base is made with maida…so can u tell me how much time does the base takes to be cooked… i have made pizza in maida flour before nd it has come out good. Pls reply…

  3. Hello!,
    Can we cook this pizza on pan?
    How to get a pizza base that is thicker in the outer side??5 stars

    • you can follow this method – use a heavy and thick bottomed large tawa or pan. keep the flame on sim or low. spread some oil or butter on the pan all over. place the rolled pizza dough without the toppings first. lightly cook the base. just a light brown. turn over the base. then quickly spread the pizza sauce, add all the toppings,including cheese on the partly cooked part. cover the pan with a lid and cook till the base becomes golden and crisp. the cheese will also melt. do use a heavy thick bottomed pan and keep the flame on low. otherwise the base gets burnt. keep everything ready, so that you can add the toppings quickly when the other side is cooking.

      to get the base thicker on the edges, fold the edges all around neatly.

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for the recipe. I know what I am gonna cook this weekend. I just had one question. Can this be cooked in a Convention microwave? I have a LG MC2143CB 21-Litre Convection Microwave Oven

    I have also looked at your Mango Cheese cake and want to prepare that over the weekend as well. And have the same question. Can I use this microwave to prepare the cheese cake?

    Thanks in advance!
    Ashi5 stars

    • hi ashi, you can make the paneer tikka in the convection mode of your microwave oven. just preheat the oven in the convection mode for about 10 minutes before you keep the tikka. use the same temperature as mentioned in the recipe for both preheating and grilling later on.

      for the mango cheesecake recipes, its set in the fridge and no oven is used.

  5. I tried this recipe yesterday and it was very well appreciated by everyone n the family..Though I do feel adding half all purpose flour will make the base even better..trying that out this weekend as expecting some guests.4 stars

  6. Hi,

    I have prepared the dough exactly as mentioned in the recipe. The yeast – sugar solution frothed before using. But even after 2 hrs the dough hasn’t doubled. What could be the issue? Should I still go ahead with the dough or throw it?


    • welcome simi. looks weird. actually the dough should double. in your case only thing you can do now is go ahead and give it a try. you can keep the dough for one or two hours more.

  7. Tried this pizza last week. The only thing I felt was I shouldn’t have use ajwain. Rest test great!!! Now tonight gonna try the same recipe without ajwain. Thanks for this post

  8. Hi,
    Can u plz tell me the different types of cheese avilable ( in India)and it’s usage.genrally I keep cheese slice n spread for my baby.for one of the biscuit recipe in ur blog I got ” processed cheese”( though u mentioned cheddar ) I didn’t got this recipe calls for mozerella . What diff it would make if I use processed cheese in this recipe .

    • from what i have seen, cheddar, mozzarella and the regular processed cheese is easily available. you can easily use processed cheese for the biscuits. even i use them when i do not have cheddar cheese. mozzarella is used in pizzas, since its soft, melts and has a stretchable structure. this gives a good texture to pizza and some pasta dishes. cheddar is also soft, melts and is good for making toast or grilled sandwiches. but for now, you can use the regular cheese in this pizza. the pizza will be like the pizza we get in udipi restaurants and the way they were served in hotels years before dominoes, pizza hut and their likes came in existence 🙂

  9. Hi I love the way u describe recipes, I made so many of them,one thing I want to ask I used pizza seasoning in pizza sauce n dry basil leaves will it work if I don’t have fresh once.

  10. often when i need to eat pizza i always use to go to restaurants but it wasn’t so good…
    when i tried it .it was much tasty and easier………..
    thanks a lot5 stars

  11. Hello, Dassana, Now I think I am almost ready for trying a Pizza at home. now one more doubt keeps coming into my mind. when I bake it in convection mode, can I use any metal tray (Which I am using for cakes)? Pls reply. thanks

    • nimmi, only in convection mode you can use the metal pans or trays which you use for making cakes. but don’t use them in microwave mode as the sparks are emitted from metal.

  12. Hi Dassana, recently found your blog and happy to say that the recipes are really worth trying. I am still browing thru and feel like I want to try each one of them. Owing to lack of time I am able to try new recipes only at week ends. I would like to know , in the veg pizza, the base was made of Maida and in this you have used whole wheat flour. what difference it makes? In my Microwave confection mode max.200 temp. is possible. in that case do I have to bake this for some more time?

    • thanks nimmi. if you use maida, the texture is soft and light. whole wheat flour makes the texture a bit dense and not so light. may be just a few minutes more. in microwave due to the fan, the cake or bread gets heated quickly. so it might take a few minutes more.

  13. That was quick.
    In my experience you are the only one to reply at all and that too within 24 hours.
    Thank you so much.
    Can you also tell me what type of olive oil to buy cause I have never used olive oil and there are many varieties like extra virgin or whatever.

    • i have to reply saraswathi, otherwise i get a huge backlog of comments 🙂

      for baking and cooking, just pure olive oil is good. extra virgin olive oil is used in salads and dips and even for dressings. don’t buy the bottles where pomace olive is mentioned and its not the pure form of olive oil. chemical solvents are used to extract the last remaining 5-8% of oil that remains in the olive pulp and this is called as olive pomace oil. so buy where its written only olive oil or pure/virgin olive oil or extra virgin olive oil.

  14. Hi Dassana
    I am a regular visitor to ur blog and really enjoyed trying many recipes from here.
    The most recent one I tried was dal makahni and my family loves it.
    I am planning to make this pizza but I have a question. Can I use any other oil instead of olive oil? Will it change the flavor ?
    Please do let me know as I am waiting to surprise my kids during this holiday with this homemade pizza!!!
    Thank you

    • hi saraswathi. firstly thanks. for the pizza, olive oil is what makes it different from other breads. there is a characteristic aroma of olive oil in pizza and this is what has been traditionally used. though, you can use any vegetable oil if you don’t have olive oil. you can cut down the spices in the tikka marinade since you are making for your kids.