Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka is popular Indian appetizer made with cubes of paneer & veggies marinated with yogurt and spices. Traditionally it's grilled in a tandoor but you can make the same version in the oven with this easy recipe! 
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Make restaurant style Paneer Tikka at home with this easy recipe!

Cubes of paneer, onion and bell peppers are marinated with spices and yogurt and then roasted in the oven to perfection.

Traditionally paneer tikka is grilled in a tandoor but you get the same amazing taste by broiling in the oven too!

paneer tikka skewers arranged on a blue plate with lemon wedge on the side and bowl of cilantro chutney in the background

Paneer Tikka was one appetizer which we always ordered when we ate out in India.

It is also one of those things which is universally loved. So my brothers who love their non-vegetarian food otherwise wouldn’t mind two servings on this paneer tikka.

What is Paneer Tikka

So what actually is paneer tikka?

It’s a famous Indian appetizer where pieces of paneer (Indian cottages cheese) and marinated with yogurt and spices and then grilled until charred.

Onion, bell peppers and tomatoes are also added to the marination along with paneer.

Once cooked, it’s served with cilantro mint chutney, onion slices and lemon wedges.

How to Make Paneer Tikka

The process is pretty simple, you marinate the paneer with spices and yogurt, let it sit for a bit so that the flavors mix well together and then arrange the paneer cubes along with onion and peppers in a skewer and grill.

However, the taste of paneer tikka lies in its marination of course.

So to make a good paneer tikka you first need to make a very good marinade.

My marinade includes lots of spices and Greek yogurt. Now if you can’t find Greek yogurt that’s okay. You may use regular yogurt too, just make sure to strain it for 3-4 hours before using.

You really need thick yogurt to marinate the panner cubes.

paneer tikka served with onion slices, cilantro chutney and slice of lemon in a black round plate

This paneer tikka marinade has

✓ Greek yogurt

✓ Spices like chaat masala, coriander powder, red chili powder

✓ Mustard oil, for that unique flavor

✓ Cilantro & mint, for freshness and taste

✓ Lemon juice for tanginess

Traditionally paneer tikka is grilled in tandoor for that authentic taste and flavor.

But the good news is that you can make a fantastic version at home by roasting it in the oven!

The broiling in the oven gives it that charred look. You guys have to try this!

grilled paneer tikka in a blue plate with lemon being squeezed into it

Making Paneer Tikka In the Oven

For this recipe, I have cooked the tikka in the oven. Now when you cook the paneer in the oven, it might get rubbery and chewy.

So how do you avoid that?

First thing, spray the tikka with oil before putting it in the oven.

Second, since paneer is cheese it doesn’t need to be cooked for a long time. If you plan to eat the paneer tikka immediately they you can cook it for more time.

But say you are making it for a party, you would need the pieces to remain soft even after they have cooled down, so make sure to not over-cook in the oven.

Here’s what I suggest!

Bake at 450 F degrees for 10 minutes and then turn on the broil. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes until paneer pieces look charred.

If you want paneer even more softer- bake at 450 F degrees for 5 minutes and broil for 3 to 4 minutes.

paneer tikka skewers arranged on a blue plate with lemon wedge on the side and bowl of cilantro chutney in the background

Making Paneer Tikka on Stove-Top

Can you make this on stove-top if you neither have a grill not an oven.

Yes, you can make the tikka on stove top.

A grill pan will work best but if you don’t have that a simple pan or tawa will also work. Line all the paneer pieces with onion and peppers in a skewer and then place on the pan.

Remember to spray the pan with a oil spray first.

Cook from both sides until it’s golden brown in color. It would still taste good!

Always remember to serve the tikka with a sprinkle of chaat masala and side of cilantro chutney. There’s no other way to eat it!

Method

1- Whisk the yogurt in a large bowl until smooth. I have used greek yogurt here, you can use regular yogurt just make sure to strain it for several hours until you have thick yogurt left and then use in the recipe.

2- Add all the ingredients for marinade to the yogurt- ginger garlic paste, mustard oil, coriander powder, chaat masala, kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala, red chili powder, kasuri methi and salt.

3- Whisk to combine everything together.

4- Add in juice of 1 lemon along with chopped cilantro and mint. Mix well.

step by step pictures of making paneer tikka at home

5- Stir in the paneer cubes, onion and bell peppers.

6- Mix until all the paneer pieces and veggies are well coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for minimum for 1 hour or up to 4 hours.  Overnight also works!

7- After 1-2 hours, take the marinated paneer and veggies out of the refrigerator. Take a skewer and arrange paneer, onion and peppers on a skewer, alternating with each other.

Make all skewers similarly. Meanwhile pre-heat oven to 450 F degrees. Make sure you pre-heat the oven for good 15-20 minutes.

8- Arrange all the prepared skewers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spray the tikka with a oil spray. This is important so that the veggies don’t dry out.

Bake at 450 F degrees for 10 minutes and then turn on the broil. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes until paneer pieces look little charred.

step by step pictures of making paneer tikka at home

Remove from oven, squeeze lemon juice, sprinkle chaat masala and serve with cilantro chutney.

If you want the paneer to be even softer, bake at 450 F degrees for 5 minutes and then broil for 3 to 4 minutes. Don’t overcook the paneer else it will gets really tough and chewy, you want it soft.

paneer tikka skewers arranged on a blue plate with lemon wedge on the side and bowl of cilantro chutney in the background

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This post has been updated from the recipe archives, first published in 2015.

Paneer Tikka

paneer tikka skewers arranged on a blue plate with lemon wedge on the side and bowl of cilantro chutney in the background
Manali
Paneer Tikka is popular Indian appetizer made with cubes of paneer & veggies marinated with yogurt and spices. Traditionally it's grilled in a tandoor but you can make the same version in the oven with this easy recipe! 
4.98 from 38 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients

  • 150 grams greek yogurt or thick yogurt (1/2 cup + 1-2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil 30 ml, or use oil of choice
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder or adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 lemon juice of
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 300 grams paneer cut into big cubes, around 2 heaping cups of cubes paneer
  • 1 large onion cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 large bell pepper cut into 1 inch cubes, I used mix of red and green peppers

cilantro mint chutney, to serve

    onion slices, to serve

      lemon wedges, to serve

        Instructions
         

        • Whisk the yogurt in a large bowl until smooth. I have used greek yogurt here, you can use regular yogurt just make sure to strain it for several hours until you have thick yogurt left and then use in the recipe.
        • Add all the ingredients for marinade to the yogurt- ginger garlic paste, mustard oil, coriander powder, chaat masala, kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala, red chili powder, kasuri methi and salt.
        • Whisk to combine everything together. Add in juice of 1 lemon along with chopped cilantro and mint. Mix well.
        • Stir in the paneer cubes, onion and bell peppers.
        • Mix until all the paneer pieces and veggies are well coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for minimum for 1 hour or up to 4 hours. Overnight also works!
        • After 1-2 hours, take the marinated paneer and veggies out of the refrigerator. Take a skewer and arrange paneer, onion and peppers on a skewer, alternating with each other.
          Make all skewers similarly. Meanwhile pre-heat oven to 450 F degrees. Make sure you pre-heat the oven for good 15-20 minutes.
        • Arrange all the prepared skewers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spray the tikka with a oil spray. This is important so that the veggies don't dry out.
        • Bake at 450 F degrees for 10 minutes and then turn on the broil. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes until paneer pieces look little charred.
        • Remove from oven, squeeze lemon juice, sprinkle chaat masala and serve with cilantro mint chutney.

        Notes

        If you want the paneer to be even softer, bake at 450 F degrees for 5 minutes and then broil for 3 to 4 minutes. Don't overcook the paneer else it will gets really tough and chewy, you want it soft.

        Nutrition

        Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 12gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 270mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1270IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 335mgIron: 0.4mg
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        94 thoughts on “Paneer Tikka

        1. 5 stars
          Hi Manali,
          I wrote in earlier , recipe works perfectly. Everyone loved it but I have a lot left and I was wondering if you could guide me on how to carry it forward. Thank you.

        2. I made an extra large batch. What we cooked was excellent, it would be a shame to waste the rest. How can I store the marinated paneer and veges? How long would it last in the fridge or can I freeze it please. Hope to hear from you soon.

        3. 5 stars
          Made these for the first time and earned rave reviews from hubby who absolutely loves paneer tikka!! This recipe is a keeper for sure 🙂

        4. 5 stars
          Hi Manali,
          I have been following your recipes for quite sometime now. I have a question and I am hoping you can answer. Can I refrigerate this paneer tikka after baking in the oven?

            1. 5 stars
              Hey Manali, thanks for sharing the recipe! I made the skewers and marinade as per your directions and the taste was much appreciated. Very authentic flavors, thank you! Only question is we grilled the skewers on a BBQ grill (not oven) – that did dry out the paneer and veggies. I guess as per the directions in your recipe it’s important to use an oven, and do we need to grill with a foil lid on to keep the steam in?

            2. you can try with steam, maybe they were cooked for too long over the grill and hence dried out. Also a good quality paneer makes a difference to the final outcome

        5. 5 stars
          Hey manali!
          Tried this today – and it was the best! Was super easy and your measurements were super accurate. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

        6. 5 stars
          Lovedddd it. So flavorful. Also got the hubby to eat and relish paneer after a long break(as he usually doesn’t like the milky taste).

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