Paneer Tikka (Made in Oven or StoveTop)

Paneer Tikka is a popular and delicious tandoori snack where paneer (Indian cottage cheese cubes) are marinated in a spiced yogurt-based marinade, arranged on skewers and grilled in the oven.

If you don’t have an oven, then instead of grilling in oven, you can make it on stovetop or tawa.

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two grilled paneer tikka skewers kept on a black slate board with a bowl of cilantro dip on top right, one lemon wedge below the bowl and a few onion rounds near the lemon wedge

In this post I am sharing both these methods and you can either of the recipe.

  • Paneer Tikka made in Oven – Restaurant Style
  • Paneer Tikka made on Tawa or Stovetop – Easy Fool Proof Recipe.

About this Tandoori Paneer Tikka made in Oven

Tikka basically means anything that is marinated and then baked or grilled or fried and paneer tikka is a popular vegetarian tikka dish. This tasty homemade version is similar to the dish served in restaurants, but I would say actually tastes better!

The Indian spice powders mixed with the yogurt (curd) make a flavorful marinade that is soaked up by the porous paneer cubes. Grilling the skewers then produces a nice slightly crispiness on the paneer.

You can easily use this recipe of paneer tikka to make the very popular curry based dish of Paneer Tikka Masala.

What is Tandoori Style Cooking?

For newbies to Indian food, tandoori style cooking is when marinated ingredients or Indian flatbreads, in this case paneer cubes, have been threaded on a skewer and grilled in a tandoor, which is a cylindrical clay oven.

This produces a subtle charcoal flavor and is a popular way of cooking in Indian restaurants. In this homemade version we grill the paneer skewers in the oven, although you can even bake them. Most of the times for tikka recipes, the yogurt-based marinade is made which is unique to the tandoori style grilling.

Some more tikka variations

This Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka can be easily made at home. In this delicious recipe, paneer cubes are marinated in a spiced yogurt-based marinade, arranged on skewers and grilled or baked in the oven.

This spicy snack is a dry dish, meaning it is not in a gravy sauce, but the paneer cubes themselves are juicy and succulent.

Bell peppers (capsicum) and onions have been added to the skewers in this recipe. The veggies add flavor and nutrition and you can add as many as you like. This vegetarian dish makes a great appetizer or side.

Ingredients in this Paneer Tikka

  1. Paneer (Indian cottage cheese): This is the main ingredient in the dish and it is important to use a good quality paneer. In fact, as with all my paneer recipes, I recommend using Homemade Paneer. This ensures freshness and avoids any hidden ingredients and preservatives found in store-bought paneer.
  2. Marinade: Homemade Hung Curd or Hung Yogurt is used as the base of the marinade. You can even use greek yogurt. Indian spice powders are then added to balance out the sour yogurt taste and give a flavor kick to the dish.
  3. Veggies: Here I have used bell peppers (capsicum) and onions. You can use veggies of your choice, including baby corn, mushrooms, cauliflower, tomatoes, broccoli and more.

two grilled paneer tikka skewers kept on a black slate board with a bowl of cilantro dip on top right, two lemon wedges below the bowl and some slices onion rounds near the lemon wedges

Tips for making paneer tikka

  1. Barbecue: You can also cook the paneer tikka on barbecue grill.
  2. Grilling in the oven: In the oven grill for 15 to 20 minutes at 230 or 240 degree celsius with only the top heating element on. Basically here we are broiling the dish.
  3. Marination Time: It is best to marinate the paneer cubes for 2 hours or more. You can also keep the marinated paneer overnight in the fridge. Since I made the paneer tikka for dinner, I marinated the paneer and veggies for 2 hours in the refrigerator. The longer it marinates, the better flavors get infused into the paneer and veggies.
  4. Vegetables: The veggies used can be of your choice. In the step by step photos, I have used onions and green bell pepper (capsicum). In the video I have used red, yellow and green bell pepper with onions. You can use baby corn, mushrooms, cauliflower, tomatoes, broccoli etc. For cauliflower blanch them before marinating.
  5. Adding Oil: While grilling or baking, the paneer cubes and veggies can become dry. Oil is added to paneer and veggie mixture to prevent this from happening. The paneer cubes and veggies are also brushed with some oil to avoid them from becoming dry.
  6. Overcooking: Don’t overcook the paneer as they then become rubbery, dry and hard. The paneer should be soft, well cooked but also succulent.
  7. Marinade: The leftover marinade can be applied or brushed on the paneer tikka before grilling them. If you are making paneer tikka masala gravy, you can use the extra marinade in the gravy.
  8. Vegan Options: Use tofu, seitan or tempeh in place of paneer. Use a vegan yogurt like almond or cashew yogurt in place of dairy yogurt.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this delicious paneer tikka with Mint Chutney. This chutney is the traditional sauce to be served with all tandoori dishes. Onion slices and lemon wedges are also traditionally served with this appetizer dish.

Paneer Tikka Recipe Video

How to make paneer tikka in oven

Preparation

1. Peel, rinse and dice 1 medium-sized onion in square shaped 1 to 1.5 inches pieces. Rinse and slice 1 small to medium sized capsicum (green bell pepper) in 1 to 1.5 inches pieces. You will need ½ cup each of onions and capsicum. Keep aside. You can also use tomatoes if you want.

chopped onions and capsicum

2. Crush 1.5 inches ginger and 6 to 7 small to medium sized garlic to a fine paste in a mortar-pestle. You will need 1 tablespoon of crushed ginger-garlic or 1 tablespoon of ready ginger-garlic paste.

crushing ginger & garlic in mortar-pestle

3. Slice 200 to 250 grams block or paneer into cubes or squares and keep aside. Best is to use homemade paneer.

paneer chopped in cubes

Making Hung Curd Marination

4. Put 200 grams hung curd (greek yogurt) in a bowl. With a whisk beat the curd lightly till smooth.

hung curd (greek yogurt) in a bowl

5. Now add 1 tablespoons ginger garlic paste or 1 tablespoon crushed ginger garlic to the curd. Also add all the dry spice powders. Below you see the following Indian spice powders in clockwise order:

  • 2 teaspoons kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur)
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder (optional)

Kashmiri red chili powder gives a nice red color to the food but is not spicy and hot. Instead of kashmiri red chilli powder, you can add 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika or ½ to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

spice powders and ginger-garlic paste added to hung curd

6. Add ½ teaspoon black salt and regular salt as per taste. If you do not have black salt, then skip it.

black salt and regular salt added

7. Add ½ tablespoon (1.5 teaspoons) lemon juice.

lemon juice being added

8. Next add 1 tablespoon mustard oil. If you do not have mustard oil, then use a neutral tasting oil.

mustard oil being added

9. Mix very well. Check the taste and add more seasonings if required.

hung curd marination mixture mixed very well

Marinating Paneer and Veggies

10. Add the onions, capsicum and paneer to the marinade.

added paneer, chopped onions and capsicum to marination

11. Slowly and gently mix them with the marinade. Cover and keep the marinated paneer and veggies in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more.

paneer, onions and capsicum marinated well

12. This is how they look after 2 hours.

marinated paneer after being kept for 2 hours in the refrigerator

Threading Paneer and Veggies

13. Begin to thread the veggies and paneer alternately on bamboo skewers. Before you begin to thread preheat oven at 230 or 240 degrees Celsius or 464 degree Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes. Use only the top heating element while preheating as well as grilling. Soak or rinse the bamboo skewers before threading.

marinated paneer, onions and capsicum being threaded in bamboo skewers

14. Place them on a tray lined with aluminium foil or parchment paper.

skewers with threaded paneer, onions and capsicum kept on parchment paper on a baking tray

15. Brush with some oil all over.

brushing oil on the paneer cubes, onions and capsicum

Making Grilled Paneer Tikka

16. Place the tray on the top rack and grill in the preheated oven for 7 to 10 minutes first at 230 to 240 degrees Celsius or 464 degrees Fahrenheit.

grilling paneer tikka skewers in the oven

17. Then remove the tray from the oven and turn the paneer tikka skewers.

removing the skewers midway and turning them

18. Again keep back on the top rack in the oven and continue to grill till the edges of paneer and veggies are golden or slightly charred for about 3 to 5 minutes. Do not grill for a long time as then paneer becomes hard. Since temperatures vary from oven to oven do keep a check. You can reduce or increase the time as required. Total grilling time will be 15 to 20 minutes.

paneer tikka grilled to perfection

19. Remove once done. Serve the paneer tikka sprinkled with some chaat masala and lemon juice. Also serve mint chutney, onion slices and lemon wedges as sides.

wo grilled paneer tikka skewers kept on a black slate board with a bowl of cilantro dip on top right, one lemon wedge below the bowl and a few onion rounds near the lemon wedge

A few more Paneer Recipes for You!

  • Palak Paneer – Soft cottage cheese cubes in a mild spiced smooth spinach sauce.
  • Paneer Butter Masala – Rich and creamy dish of paneer made in a makhani gravy.
  • Paneer pakora – tasty paneer (cottage cheese) fritters that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
  • Paneer Sandwich – crunchy, crispy paneer (cottage cheese) bites that have been breaded and fried.

Note: This recipe post is from the archives and has been republished and updated on 31 May 2020. 

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Paneer Tikka (Restaurant Style)

4.63 from 62 votes
This Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka is a popular and delicious tandoori snack where paneer (Indian cottage cheese cubes) are marinated in a spiced yogurt-based marinade, arranged on skewers and grilled in the oven.
paneer tikka
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Marinating Time:2 hrs
Total Time:2 hrs 30 mins
Course:snacks,starters
Cuisine:north indian
Servings (change the number to scale):3

RECIPE VIDEO

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

main ingredients

  • 200 to 250 grams paneer or Indian cottage cheese
  • ½ cup diced onions or 1 medium sized onion
  • ½ diced capsicum or 1 small to medium bell pepper - green, yellow or red

for paneer tikka marination

  • 200 grams hung curd or greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste or 1 tablespoon crushed ginger-garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kashmiri red chili powder or 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (ground cumin)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder - optional (ground black pepper)
  • 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil or any neutral tasting oil
  • ½ teaspoon black salt - optional
  • salt as required
  • some mustard oil for brushing

Instructions

Preparation

  • Chop the paneer in square shaped cubes.
  • Dice the onions and capsicum in 1 or 1.5 inches square pieces.

Making Marination

  • In a large bowl, take the hung curd (greek yogurt) and whisk it lightly till it becomes smooth
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, all the spice powders, carom seeds, black salt, regular salt, lemon juice and mustard oil.
  • Mix very well. Check the taste and add more seasonings if required.
  • Add the veggies and paneer to the marinade. Slowly and gently mix them with the marinade.
  • Cover the bowl and marinate for at least 2 hours or more in the refrigerator.
  • After 2 hours thread the paneer and veggies alternately on bamboo skewers. Soak or rinse the bamboo skewers before threading. 

Grilling Paneer Tikka

  • Preheat the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 230 or 240 degree celsius or 464 degrees Fahrenheit. Use only the top heating element. 
  • Line a baking tray with aluminium foil or parchment paper. Arrange the paneer skewers on the tray. Brush some oil on the veggies and paneer cubes all over.
  • Place the tray on the top rack. Grill the paneer tikka first for 7 to 10 minutes at 230 or 240 degree celsius or or 464 degrees Fahrenheit. Then remove and turn the skewers.
  • Place back on the top rack in the oven and continue to grill for 3 to 5 minutes more till the edges of the paneer are golden or slightly charred. Do not grill for a long time as then paneer cubes becomes hard. 
  • Since temperatures vary from oven to oven do keep a check. You can reduce or increase the time as required. Total grilling time will be 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and then place the paneer cubes on a serving plate. Sprinkle some chaat masala and lemon juice.
  • Serve paneer tikka with mint chutney and onion rings with lemon wedges

Notes

  1. Barbecue: You can even use the barbecue grill for making the paneer tikka.
  2. Grilling in the oven: In the oven grill for 15 to 20 minutes at 230 or 240 degree celsius with only the top heating element on.
  3. Marination Time: I always suggest to to marinate the paneer cubes for 2 hours or more. You can also keep the marinated paneer overnight in the fridge. More marination, the better the flavors get infused in the paneer and veggies.
  4. Vegetables: Add a mix of veggies like bell pepper, onions, tomatoes, baby corn, mushrooms, cauliflower, tomatoes, broccoli etc. For cauliflower blanch them before marinating. 
  5. Adding Oil: While grilling the paneer cubes and veggies can become dry. Hence oil is added to the marination mixture. The paneer cubes and veggies are also brushed with some oil to avoid them from becoming dry.
  6. Overcooking: Don't overcook the paneer as they then become rubbery, dry and hard. The paneer should be soft, well cooked and yet succulent.
  7. Marinade: The extra marinade can be applied or brushed on the paneer tikka before grilling them. If you are making paneer tikka masala gravy, you can use the extra marinade in the gravy.
  8. Vegan Options: Use tofu, seitan or tempeh in place of paneer. Use a vegan yogurt like almond or cashew yogurt in place of dairy yogurt.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Paneer Tikka (Restaurant Style)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 470mg20%
Potassium 193mg6%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 271IU5%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 406mg41%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 12µg3%
Iron 13mg72%
Magnesium 14mg4%
Phosphorus 102mg10%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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For Making Paneer Tikka on Tawa or Stove Top

This is an easy and foolproof recipe of a delicious paneer tikka on tawa or stove top or griddle or skillet.

I had got many comments on how to make paneer tikka on tawa . So I decided to share this easy method. Since not everyone has an oven. If you don’t have a tava then you can also make this tikka recipe in a frying pan.

Some years back, I did not have a baking oven. We had a microwave oven, but its only function was to heat or cook food with the microwave energies.

Those days, I used to make paneer tikka on tava. When for the first time I made the tikkas, the paneer squares were sticking on the tawa and would get slightly burnt. So here the tawa was at fault. I would use tawa which were used to make roti without any fat (ghee or oil) and so were not seasoned.

Later while frying them on non stick tawa, the paneer pieces would not get stuck. I also experimented with adding besan/gram flour to the marinade and felt it gave a good crispness and taste to the tikka. The besan also would help in the paneer not getting stuck to the tawa.

paneer tikka served on a plate

Tips for making paneer tikka on tawa

  • When you prepare paneer tikka on stovetop, either use a non stick or ceramic pan or use a well seasoned tawa or griddle. Even tawas on which you make dosas also work well.
  • I have used both non stick and iron tawa and both work fine. For iron tawa, just remember that the Tawa has to be seasoned very well. if you make rotis or chapatis on this tawa, then the paneer cubes will get stuck.
  • For this paneer tikka recipe, I have used fresh homemade curd. The yogurt was thick enough and so I did not strain or hung it. Adding besan also helps in slight thickening of the marinade. If you use homemade or store brought yogurt, then ensure that the curd is thick. There should not be much whey in it. In case there is whey, then strain the yogurt in a cheesecloth for a few hours in the refrigerator, till you get thick yogurt.

How to season the tawa or griddle

  • Basically, seasoning means to prepare the tawa or griddle for frying/roasting, wherein you heat the griddle and then apply oil. Let the oil get heated and then switch off the griddle. Wipe the oil. Again apply oil and let the griddle cool. store the tawa with the oil on it. you can repeat the first step twice or thrice. When you want to cook, heat the tawa and wipe off the oil. Then proceed with the recipe.
  • I am also sharing reader Priya’s tip from the Pesarattu dosa (moong dal dosa) post. She has been kind enough to give her grand mother’s tip on seasoning tawa before making dosas. They have been using this technique for many years. This method is also helpful for folks who do not eat onions (to let you know, onions are used for seasoning tawa. Half of an onion is dipped in oil and then smeared on the tava before making dosas).
  • The method follows: heat oil on the tawa. add a tsp of sesame oil. add ½ to 1 tsp of mustard seeds. wait till the mustard starts spluttering. spread the whole thing on the tava and remove the oil and seeds. The tawa is ready to be used.

These paneer tikka can be served as a starter or a snack with sliced onions, lime and mint chutney. They even go well as a side dish. You can even have the paneer tikka with rotis, naan or bread.

How to make tawa paneer on tikka (or stovetop)

1. First whisk 2.25 cups of curd till smooth in a bowl or pan.

whisked yogurt for paneer tikka recipe

2. Add all the spices and herbs including besan (gram flour) & salt.

  • 4 tbsp besan
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds (shahjeera)
  • ½ tsp crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder (ground cumin)
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ¾ tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¾ tsp regular salt or rock salt or add as required.

add spices - making paneer tikka

3. Stir and mix well.

paneer tikka yogurt spices mixture

4. Add the diced vegetables – 1 medium to large bell pepper/capsicum, 1 medium to large tomato and 1 medium to large onion. Also add 250 to 300 grams paneer slices.

Add the diced vegetables

5. With your hands mix very well. So that the marinade coats the paneer and veggies evenly.

mix well

6. Cover the bowl & keep the marinade in the fridge for 45 minutes to 3 hours. You can also keep overnight. Below pic is of the marinated paneer and veggies after 1 hour.

marinated paneer for paneer tikka recipe

Making tawa paneer tikka (on pan)

7. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non stick pan/tawa or a well seasoned griddle. Coat the paneer and veggies with the marinade and place them on the tawa. You can fry at a low flame or medium flame. I fried in 3 batches and overall used about 3 tbsp oil. Another way is to skewer the paneer, veggies and then fry them. I chose to fry them directly as they get fried evenly and the texture is better.

frying paneer for paneer tikka recipe

8. When one side gets browned, gently lift and turn over. The paneer cubes will get cooked faster than the veggies. So remember to remove the paneer cubes as soon as they are golden. You can char or brown the veggies more. For the vegetables, you have to make sure the marinade on them gets cooked. So lightly press them while cooking. If you want you can fry the paneer cubes first and then the marinated vegetables. Pan fry all till they become golden.

pan frying paneer tikka cubes

9. Remove paneer tikka on a plate. I have not removed them on paper tissues, as due to heat and moisture from the paneer cubes, they stick to the paper tissues.

making paneer tikka

10. While still hot, then skewer the fried paneer cubes and veggies on to a wooden skewer or toothpick. You can also have this paneer tikka straight away without skewering. Sprinkle 1 tsp chaat masala & ¾ tsp lemon juice on the paneer cubes while serving.

making paneer tikka

11. Arrange them in a serving plate and Serve the paneer tikka hot or warm with onion lemon salad or mint chutney.

paneer tikka in a serving plate

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Paneer Tikka Made on Stovetop or Pan

4.69 from 61 votes
This Stove Top Paneer tikka is spiced marinated cottage cheese cubes that are pan-fried on a tawa or griddle.
paneer tikka recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:1 hr
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:1 hr 20 mins
Course:snacks
Cuisine:indian
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

main ingredients

  • 250 to 300 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 medium to large bell pepper (capsicum - green or yellow or red)
  • 1 medium to large tomato
  • 1 medium to large onion

for paneer tikka marination

  • 250 grams thick or hung curd (hung yogurt) - about 2.25 cups of thick yogurt
  • 4 tablespoon besan (gram flour or chickpea flour)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder or white pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shahjeera)
  • ½ teaspoon kasuri methi - crushed (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (ground cumin)
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder or tandoori masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 2 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder - if using a hotter variety of red chili powder, then reduce to 1 teaspoon
  • ¾ tablespoon ginger garlic paste - about 5 to 6 medium to large garlic cloves and ¾ inch ginger crushed in a mortar-pestle
  • ¾ teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon oil or as required
  • ¾ teaspoon regular salt or rock salt or add as required

Instructions

preparation

  • Slice the paneer into 1/4 inch squares or cubes or rectangles.
  • Rinse the veggies. Halve the onion and remove each layer one by one.
  • Dice the capsicum/bell pepper into square shaped slices.
  • Dice the tomatoes too the same way. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes.
  • Keep the veggies and paneer aside.

making marination

  • First whisk the thick yogurt (curd) till smooth in a bowl or pan.
  • Add all the spices and herbs, besan/gram flour and salt, except oil. Stir and mix well. Taste the marinade and add salt it required
  • Add the diced vegetables (onion, tomato and capsicum) along with paneer slices.
  • With your hands mix very well. So that the marinade coats the paneer and veggies evenly.
  • Cover the bowl & keep the marinade in the fridge for 45 minutes to 3 hours. You can also keep overnight.

making tawa paneer on tikka (stovetop or pan)

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non stick pan/tawa or a well seasoned griddle. Coat the paneer and veggies with the marinade and place them on the tawa. You can fry them at a low flame or medium flame.
  • In all I fried in 3 batches and overall used about 3 tbsp oil. Another way is to skewer the paneer, veggies and then fry them. I chose to fry them directly as they get fried evenly and the texture is better.
  • When one side gets browned, gently lift and turn over. The paneer cubes will get cooked faster than the veggies.
  • You can can char or brown the veggies more. But remember to remove the paneer cubes as soon as they are golden. If you want you can fry the paneer cubes first and then the vegetables. Remove them on a plate.
  • While still hot, then skewer the fried paneer cubes and veggies on to a wooden skewer or toothpick.
  • You can also have this paneer tikka straight away without skewering. Sprinkle some chaat masala & lemon juice.
  • Arrange them in a serving plate and serve the paneer tikka hot or warm with pickled vinegar onions (sirke wale pyaaz), or pyaaz lachcha (onion lemon salad) or mint yogurt chutney.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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296 comments/reviews

  1. I tried this recipe out and it worked perfectly. Thank you very much.
    Also, Do you think you could post a recipe for honey chilli cauliflower?5 stars

    • Thanks Vaishali for the feedback. I will try to add the recipe.

  2. Hello, I wanted to ask will this work in the covection microwave ovens? If yes then i should keep it for how long? And please bring your app back. I miss your app as it was rather convenient .

    • yes, paneer tikka can be made in the convection mode of the microwave oven. preheat the oven first in convection mode for 10 to 15 minutes at 240 degrees celsius. then grill for 10 to 15 minutes or more at the same temperature in the convection mode. will see if we can get making an app again. managing the earlier one was difficult and too time-consuming.

  3. Amazing recipe! Have used it maybe six times using the oven with some mint chutney to serve. My family never order paneer tikka out anymore as they say it is a disappointment now compared to this recipe. I also keep the marinade in the fridge and reuse it for more veg tikka/ to make a creamy mushroom curry as I don’t want to waste it. Thank you 🙂5 stars

    • yay… thank you very much. definitely, the extra marinade can be used for other vegetables and even for a curry. thanks for the rating too and welcome.

  4. Hello Dassana,
    Hope you are well. Just a QQ, if we follow the recipe and cook in the oven, how long should it take?

    • hi rumi, i am fine. i have mentioned the time in the oven. 15 to 20 minutes at 240 degrees celsius. it may take less or more time also as temperatures vary with the oven type and model.

  5. Very good recipe. Thank you5 stars

  6. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Is it ok to add kasuri methi?4 stars

    • yes you can about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of kasuri methi.

  7. Hi,
    Do you think if I use tooth picks to make this then the tooth picks will get burnt in an OTG?

    • tooth picks can burn in the OTG. they will darken. you can soak toothpicks in water for 20 to 30 minutes and then use them. this way the possibility of the tooth picks getting charred is less.

  8. Hi Dassana
    I love your food blog.
    I have made a lot of recipes and learned cooking through your website.
    Can you please guide, how can I use this paneer tikka recipe and cook it in an airfryer
    Thanks5 stars

    • thanks sakshi. i am not sure if paneer tikka will turn out good in air fryer. i have made samosas, patties and onion pakoras in air fryer, but not sure about paneer tikka. you will have to give a try.

  9. Hi Dassana i tried this tday but not sure what i did wrong. The masala which was inside the capsicum and even a bit of masala on the paneer looked uncooked. I was scared of burning the tikka so took it out of the oven. Pls help!

    Btw the masala was yum. Thks for this amazing recipe!5 stars

    • thanks anjana. don’t worry. the tikka won’t burnt. it need some time to cook. while cooking, the sides and corners get charred first. so when you see the sides and corners getting charred, then you can remove the tikka. if you keep for some more time even after the sides get charred, then the tikka can get burnt.

  10. Hi
    I want to try this reciepe. Here I need to grill the paneer or bake it in convection mode.

    • either will do. you can either grill or bake in convection mode.

  11. Hi., Just went through your recipes. Really awesome.
    Saw the recipe of Panner Tikka. In case we keep it on Non stick tawa on gas, should we cover with a plate. How long will it take to cook in Tawa/gas..

    • thanks meena. if you keep on non stick tawa, then no need to cover with a plate. also you can fry the veggies and paneer separately. there is no need to thread them on skewers. it takes about 3 to 4 minutes for paneer to cook and veggies take a slightly longer time.

  12. Hi Dassana,
    I have been following and trying all ur receipes from long time or u can say I learned cooking frm this site only,I made paneer tikka today and it taste awesome dear,thanks a ton for such yummy receipes,keep posting love u…..5 stars

    • Welcome Pritee. Glad to know that recipes helped you in learning cooking. Thanks for your positive feedback.

  13. Some cooking site says to use besan in Tikka ,is it optional or not required? Which is better with or without besan ?4 stars

    • if preparing paneer tikka in oven, then no need to add besan. if preparing paneer tikka in a tawa or pan, then besan gives a nice crisp coating and also avoid the tikka from sticking to the pan. both ways paneer tikka tastes good.

  14. I made this yesterday. Came out really awesome. Thank you for the recipe.4 stars

    • Welcome Ramya

  15. Hi, dassana ma’am I really love all your recipes and you have the most attractive way of presenting them, you must be a very good photographer too?. The dishes are soooo appetizing and making me prepare something. I’m basically a non-veg lover but your dishes made me vegetarian?. I really appreciate and honour your effort to it. God will bless your family for this. And I want to try this recipe can I make this with tofu, will it be with the same procedure as for paneer. And will all the paneer recipes can be substituted with tofu ? I’m wanna try please guide me ma’am.5 stars

    • thank you very much vidhya. you can use tofu. if using a tofu block, then just press the tofu block between two heavy weights like a heavy bowl or plate and keep it like that for some minutes. you can check this method on google.

      wish you all the best in life and happy cooking 🙂

  16. Step by step and easy lunch recipe description with attractive images. Thanks for sharing it in such a wonderful way.4 stars

    • Welcome Smita. Glad to know that you liked the recipe presentation.

      • Yes, keep posting new things..! 🙂

  17. Hi Dassana,
    I make paneer tikka on gas, today I want to add baby corn in it. How can I add? Should I boil it first and then add ?
    Thanks4 stars

    • supriya, if you want to use baby corn, then you do need to blanch them, so that they get partly cooked or you can even half steam or cook them. for blanching, boil water. then add baby corn to boiling water. boil for 2 to 3 minutes. then switch off the flame. cover the pan and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes. then marinate along with paneer and other veggies.

  18. What is the best time to keep in oven on grill mode?4 stars

    • pranay, are you referring to grill mode in microwave oven or an OTG. there is no standard time as all ovens have different capacities. for grilling, the top heating element is used. due to this the food gets slightly charred when its grilled. if the food is kept very close or close to the top heating element, the charring is fast and quicker, but here one needs to give attention to the grilling process or else the food can get burnt.

  19. My marination came awesome, I preheated the oven to 180 F and heated the tikka for about 35 minutes – I did it flip it after 10 minutes, brushed oil, but I still felt the paneer was not cooked.5 stars

    • gayathri, you can keep for some more minutes for baking. temperature varies from oven to oven and so the time cannot be exact for any recipe. so in this case, you can keep the paneer tikka for some more time.

  20. But can we make it without an oven

  21. The paneer tikka is awsum and i love to make it and eat it just awsum in taste

    • thanks.

  22. Hi your print link on the recipe does not work. I tried to copy and paste it wont let me do it either. Can you please fix? Thanks

    • i checked the print option and its working for me on the desktop. we have disabled copy and paste due to a lot of copying that is happening in the internet world.

  23. Hi Dassana ,
    Will this recipe work well with store bought paneer (particularly the variety that you get at the Indian store in US)? I am planning to prepare a big batch for an office picnic where we will be barbecuing outdoors and making paneer at home won’t be possible at such short notice.

    • it will work, but do make sure that the paneer is fresh and within its shelf life.

  24. Hi dassana.. I love ur receipes.. U really make food making easier. Thank you. I just wanted to ask can I grill them without skewers or tooth pick in oven?

    • yes prachi, you can grill paneer tikka cubes without skewer or tooth pic. line a baking tray with aluminium foil. place the marinated paneer cubes on the foil. half way through baking, just turn them over once or twice, so that they are grilled from both sides.

  25. I have Electrolux microwave oven and it doesn’t have degree option .. but its surely have grill option toh isme kitne tym k liye grill Karna hogs aur kaun se mode me combi 1 ,2,3

    Pls help

    • use only grill mode. do not use combi mode or grill + microwave mode. grill till you see some golden or charred spots on the paneer cubes.

  26. Came out Restaurant Like … Just Perfect …… like all recipes I’ve tried from your site.
    My small suggestion here is to use Mustard Oil for basting/ adding in marinade to give the genuine restaurant taste.5 stars

    • thanks jai for positive feedback and thanks for sharing your suggestions.

  27. Nice description in short . i m tried this recipe & i got yummy tempting paneer tika .5 stars

    • thank you priti 🙂 for the positive feedback, glad you liked it.

  28. Great description in short. Tried and got testy paneer tikka. Thanks

    • welcome sudhir and thank you for your positive views 🙂

  29. I tried this Recipe …..it ws so yummy
    Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome recipe.5 stars

    • welcome and thankyou amandeep 🙂

  30. Thanks.
    Let me check.

  31. Thanks for your reply. I got the size.
    Want to know the make of the skewer. It will be used in microven.

    • fine. these are bamboo skewers. can be used in the microwave oven. you can also soak them in water for 20 to 30 minutes and then use.

  32. Nice Recipe. Want to know about skewer. Please give us the size and make of this skewer for microwave.4 stars

    • skewer comes in standard size in market hope this help’s you.

  33. can i know whats the reason for using hung curd instead of normal curd??

    • bhoomika hung curd is thick and firm hence preferable to marinate paneer. normal curd would have lot of moisture which would yield a runny batter. hope this help’s you.

      • thank you

  34. What mode should the microwave be set to ? Microwave or grill mode or a combination of both ? Its not mentioned .

    • grill mode or convection mode. please do not use the microwave mode or combination mode.