Monday, June 18, 2012

Tandoori Paneer Tikka - Barbecue Cottage cheese

Tandoori Paneer Tikka is an all time favorite vegetarian starter. Back in India, whenever we went to a restaurant, Paneer Tikka had to be one of the starters by default.  

Although I don't have a "Tandoor" (cylindrical clay oven used for cooking & baking) at my place, the modern tandoor a.k.a oven  (convection oven) works just fine to get us an equally delicious tikka. 

500gms Paneer cut into cubes
1/2 red capsicum cut in cubes
1/2 green capsicum cut in cubes
1/2 red onion cut in cubes
2 tomatoes & cut in cubes (use only the sides not the pulp)

1 cup of curd
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp amchur
1/2-1 tsp of garam masala
1 tsp Tandoori masala (optional)
1/2 tsp kasoori methi
1 tbsp of lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste

Other needs:
Some butter/oil  to baste
5-6 Bamboo skewers 
Baking tray lined with Aluminium Foil & coated with Oil. 

Take a cheese cloth & pour 1 cup of curd in this, tie it tight so that the water from the curd starts to drip. Hang this curd for around 2 hours or till the water has completed drained off
Tip:If we don't hang the curd, the water in the curd will make the marinate runny & watery. Hung curd results in thick marinate. 
  • In a bowl, take this hung curd & to it add all the ingredients listed under marinate to make a smooth paste. 
  • Divide this marinate into two bowls. One for paneer & other for the veggies. This helps  to avoid the paneer from crumbling when we mix. 
  • Mix well so that the veggies and paneer have a good coating of the marinate. Cover & let this marinate for about 2-3 hours. More the better. 

  • Dip the bamboo skewers in ice cold water for about 1 hour. This prevents them from burning. 
  • Preheat the oven to 375F. 

  • Take one skewer at a time & start arranging the veggies & paneer. Start with tomato followed by green capsicum then paneer, onion &  red capsicum (use any combination of your choice)
  • Repeat this till you reach the end of skewer. Continue this process for the remaining skews & line them on a baking tray.  
  • Place the baking tray in the oven & bake for about 15-20 mins. 
  • Baste the tikka with butter intermittently to prevent it from turning hard. 
  • You know your Paneer tikka is done when the sides of paneer have turned slightly brown. 
That's it!! Our Tasty Tandoori Paneer Tikka is ready!! Serve it hot with some lemon slices & Green Chutney
Happy Baking!!


  1. wow dear..Tikka looks so delicious and mouthwatering.

  2. This looks really delicious, make it for dinner one of these days

  3. Wish i live near you,wat a super tempting dish..

  4. i can smell the aroma here. feel like having right now

  5. Very yummy n delicious... My mouth is watering

  6. Beautifully done,delicious dear..yummy clicks too,Shwetha!!

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  8. v inviting n tempting.......yummy..lov d presentation!

  9. Loved the way the skewers are displayed here...wish I could have it from the screen

  10. awesome clicks...tikkas looks very delicious...very nice space ,happy to follow u

  11. Good and neat presentation...Keep it up...

  12. very yummy and tasty starter..looks so colorful

  13. Thank you for stopping by my blog..

    I am a big fan of Paneer Tikka.. Looks mouth watering!

  14. yummy n tempting paneer tikka...lovely clicks!!
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  15. It looks awesome !! Perfect in fact

  16. Stumbled across this recipe, looks so good.

  17. i love this recipes by the way from where u bought this Bamboo skewers
    .. i am in us and wanna to buy ...plz give the ans in my blog so i easily get the ans. :P

    1. Thanks Priyanka, you should be able to get at local grocery stores (fry's or walmart) or for that matter even Dollar shop

  18. Hey I will be trying this today :)

    - Raksha
    Raksha's Kitchen

    1. Thanks Raksha, would love to know how it turned out :)

  19. wow..............mouthwatering............


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