30 Minute Quick Paneer Tikka on Pan (without curd)

30 minutes Instant paneer tikka recipe with step by step photos. This is a quick recipe to make delicious paneer tikka without curd or yogurt.

In this recipe, there is no time used up for marination. Just mix everything and then fry the tikka pieces individually or skewered in a tooth pic. The best part is you can shallow fry or pan fry the paneer tikkas. You can even fry the tikka on a tava or griddle.

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For ease of handling and frying, I have skewered the paneer and bell pepper cubes on a toothpick. This is totally optional. You can just fry the paneer and bell pepper cubes directly in the pan.

I learnt this technique of using tooth pics for tikka recipes in my home science cooking classes. I still remember making a chicken tikka like this in the classes as well as home. Well that recipe was different and this one is different.

For the marination, yogurt is not used. to bind the spices to the paneer cubes, I have used besan or gram flour. Adding besan not only makes the tikka crisp but the paneer cubes also don’t get stuck to the pan or kadai while frying.

I have used yellow bell pepper/capsicum to complement the paneer. Apart from bell peppers, you can also use onions or baby corn or even potatoes. if using baby corn or potatoes, then parboil them before adding to the marination.

This quick snack of paneer tikka can be a good starter or a cocktail snack for festive occasions like Diwali. They are also good for parties. you can easily double or triple this recipe and adjust the amount of spices as per your choice.

Few more Paneer snacks recipes which you may like are:

  1. Paneer 65
  2. Paneer tikka
  3. Achari paneer tikka
  4. Malai paneer tikka
  5. Grilled Hariyali paneer tikka in oven

You can make paneer at home. Homemade paneer is much better than the one bought from market. To make this recipe vegan, substitute paneer with tofu.

Serve this paneer snack hot with mint chutney or even tomato sauce.

How to make quick paneer tikka (without curd)

1. Take paneer and bell pepper cubes in a bowl. Add all the ingredients except oil and mix well.

paneer cubes

2. Skewer the paneer and bell pepper cubes alternately on toothpicks.

skewer the paneer pieces

3. Heat oil for shallow frying in a kadai or pan till medium hot. Add the skewered paneer tooth pics in the oil.

fry the paneer cubes

4. Shallow fry till light golden and crisp. Avoid frying too much as the paneer cubes become dense. Fry them in batches.

fry paneer to make paneer tikka

5. Drain the fried paneer tikka pieces on kitchen paper napkins to remove excess oil.

fried paneer for paneer tikka recipe

Whiles serving, sprinkle some chaat masala, black salt and lemon juice along with chopped coriander leaves. Serve paneer tikka hot with mint yogurt chutney or even tomato sauce.

quick paneer tikka recipe

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30 Minutes Quick Paneer Tikka (Without Yogurt)

4.75 from 8 votes
This is a quick paneer tikka made without curd and this recipe method does not require paneer cubes to be marinated for minutes or hours. A really quick snack that you can make with paneer and bell peppers. 
quick paneer tikka recipe, instant paneer tikka recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Cuisine:North Indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


main ingredients

  • 125 to 150 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 small capsicum - green, red or yellow (bell pepper or shimla mirch)
  • oil for shallow frying or pan frying
  • chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves for garnishing (optional)

for marination

  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoon ginger garlic paste or approx 2-3 garlic + ½ inch ginger crushed to a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • 1 to 2 pinches turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or as required
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala or as required
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds) - coarsely crushed in a mortar-pestle
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon lemon juice or as required
  • salt as required


  • Cut the paneer and bell pepper in cubes or small squares.
  • Mix all the ingredients listed under marination well.
  • Add the paneer and bell pepper and to this mixture and mix well so that the cubes are evenly coated.
  • Skewer the paneer and bell pepper cubes alternately on toothpicks.
  • Heat oil for shallow frying in a kadai or pan till medium hot.
  • Add the skewered paneer tooth pics in the oil and shallow fry till light golden and crisp.
  • Don't fry a lot as the paneer cubes will become dense. Fry the paneer tikka in batches. Drain on kitchen paper napkins.
  • Whiles serving, sprinkle some chaat masala & black salt & lemon juice along with chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves on the paneer cubes.
  • Serve hot with mint yogurt chutney or even tomato sauce.


  • The spices can be adjusted as per your requirements.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
30 Minutes Quick Paneer Tikka (Without Yogurt)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 1190mg52%
Potassium 174mg5%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1940IU39%
Vitamin C 76.5mg93%
Calcium 303mg30%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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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26 comments/reviews

  1. Made this today… it was yummy!!!!

    • Thanks Nia

  2. Hi can I put this in the oven after marinating?

    • allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes and then you can bake in the oven.

  3. Can I put that marinated paneer for 24hrs in a fridge and then fry..is it possible.i mean if taste remains sAme??

    • yes inderpreet, you can do this way. taste will be better as marinations for some hours gives a better taste. just let the paneer come to room temperature before frying.

  4. Hi mam ..m going to organise a party in evening for my daughter’s bday ..I want some suggestions from u regarding the menu..please help me I want to make every dish myself..wanna u to suggest me the things which can b make easily and tasty ? also but from ur available recipes only..I’ll b very thankful to u..

    • inderpreet, you can have finger food like sandwiches, french fries or potato wedges, spring rolls, cutlets, patties, etc for kids. they can also be served as starters. then main course you can serve any dish whatever you prefer. usually i find it convenient to prepare pulao or jeera rice or biryani and some side dish like a paneer or dal or a veggie gravy. since making rotis or pooris is not possible in all the chaos, unless you have a help or maids at home.

      desserts can be custard which is also liked by kids and you can prepare it a day before. also ice cream is a good option, but since its cold season would not suggest to serve ice cream. then cake can also be made. you can also make shrikhand or any kheer or phirni.

      since you are preparing paneer tikka, its a good option. you only need to fry it before serving. can be marinated a day before also. to tell you a secret, when we have guests at home, i always make a biryani and a salad/raita/shorba and make some starter dish like soup or paneer tikka or aloo tikki etc as then i can spend more time with the guests or the family, than in the kitchen. a biryani is made just before the guests arrive, is hot and remains warm even after 30 to 45 minutes. preparing biryani takes a lot of time, but when you compare it with preparing various other kinds of dishes like rice, roti or gravy/dal and overall its almost the same time.

      on the website there are many recipes, than you can try.

  5. Hi Dassana, I love your blog and have tried many of your recipes. I actually made the paneer tikka as a last minute starter for guests, and it was a big hit. But I used an air fryer, so there was absolutely no oil used. Your dahi vada recipe is also one of my favourites. Keep up the good work 🙂5 stars

    • pleased to know sangeeta you liked the paneer tikka and dahi vada recipes 🙂 thankyou for sharing your views and your for your positive words.

  6. It just looks so amazing….my mouth is watering…any substitute for Besan as I dont like it

    • thanks jyoti. you can add corn starch or corn flour.

  7. Hy.. Dassanna ur recipes r awesome… Ma hubby raj who used to hate paneer is started linkn it… Thank u so soo much.. Love u…5 stars

    • welcome sharanya. thats good to know. thanks for sharing positive feedback.

  8. Hi Dassanna,
    The recipe is very simple bt i think the taste will be awesome,
    Thank you4 stars

    • welcome divya.

  9. Hi…
    I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out to b so wonderful that my husband loved it a lot, now m gonna make it again today for him 😀 😀5 stars

    • thanks amanpreet for the positive feedback.

  10. Hi Dassana,

    Let me begin by complimenting you on your blog. Really great work! I tried out the quick panner tikka recipe over the weekend and it was an instant hit among young and old in my family. Looking forward to to try out some of the other recipes.

    • thanks sandhya for appreciating the site. glad to know that you liked the quick paneer tikka recipe. do try other recipes and let me know if there is any doubt.

  11. thanks dasana for ur advice..will try ur tikka paneer for diwali n will give u the feedback.

    • alright gavnisha.

  12. yes they r fried frozen paneer which i defrost and add directly to dishes.can i use it for this recipe?thx

    • since they are already fried & you defrost and add them to the dishes, then i wonder how you may use them. they won’t absorb the marination flavors. if they were half cooked still some cooking could be done. all i can think of is just lightly sauting them in oil provided they do not become rubbery or dense. if using bell pepper than you will have to cook them before hand. this frozen fried paneer is good for curry dishes like palak paneer or paneer butter masala or matar paneer. but for a tikka dish, it won’t work well.

  13. hi dasana.I have frozen fried paneer n would like to try your recipe.Please can can u advise me how should I procees with the frozen fried paneer?

    • hi gavnisha. i have never used frozen fried paneer nor seen it. but what i can imagine is that they are basically fried paneer which can be added to any dish. i don’t know how you process it… meaning do you thaw & add it directly to the dish or saute or fry and then add.