Paneer Tikka

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All of us has that one friend who doesn’t like to experiment. He would any day prefer to have the staple dal-chawal over a mexican burrito bowl! When planning for a different cuisine on a party menu, it is very important to ensure that you have a few staples. This is one of those universally liked Indian recipes which is a brilliant starter when you want to play safe !

Paneer tikka is an Indian dish made from chunks of paneer marinated in spices and grilled in a tandoor. However, since most of use don’t have tandoors at home, I am sharing a microwave recipe. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients
The main ingredients for paneer tikka:
  1. 250 gms paneer/cottage cheese
  2. 2 large green bell pepper/capsicum/shimla mirch (you can pick different colors)
  3. 1 medium size onion
For the marinade:
  1. 200 gms hung curd/yogurt or thick curd/yogurt
  2. 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste or crushed ginger garlic
  3. 1 to 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  4. Β½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  5. 1 tsp jeera powder/cumin seeds powder
  6. 1 tsp dhania powder/coriander powder
  7. Β½ tsp garam masala powder
  8. 1 tsp dry mango powder/amchur powder
  9. 1 tsp chaat masala
  10. Β½ tsp black pepper powder (you can skip if you don’t want it too spicy)
  11. juice of half lemon
  12. 1 to 2 tbsp oil or ghee or butter for brushing
  13. salt to taste

Procedure:

Step 1: Prepare the marinade and mix in the veggies and paneer (cut into cubes). Let this sit for minimum 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Step 2: Alternate the veggies and paneer on a skewer. (In case you are using bamboo skewers, soak it for half an hour in cold water before using them. This prevents them for getting burnt in the oven.)

Step 3: Bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes. Pause the oven after 10 minutes and brush a little oil and restart the baking. After another 10 minutes, turn the skewers on the other side and brush with a little oil. Bake for another 5 minutes and the paneer tikka is ready !

Note:

  1. I used convection mode in the microwave but you could also grill the paneer tikka in the microwave.
  2. Do not over bake as the paneer might get chewy.
  3. In case you do not have a microwave, you can shallow fry on a pan.

Serve with green corriander chutney and onion rings!

– With love. πŸ™‚

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. mashedmush says:

    That looks so delicious!

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    1. Thanks Mashed Mush for your appreciation. Do try the recipe at some party πŸ™‚

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      1. mashedmush says:

        Definitely will OR I might just make it all for myself 😁

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      2. That’s actually a pretty cool idea…I have a chicken tikka post lined up too..stay tuned !! πŸ™‚

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