paneer malai tikka recipe, malai paneer tikka recipe
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paneer malai tikka

malai paneer tikka is a popular and delicious variety of paneer tikka that is served in restaurants.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: snacks, starters
Cuisine: north indian, punjabi
Servings: 4
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


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 (dhania 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 for paneer malai tikka

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


making marination for paneer 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.


  • 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.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 86mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 17.1mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 0.1mg