Paneer Tikka

This Paneer Tikka recipe is a scrumptious Indian appetizer loaded with Paneer Cheese and veggies coated in a sauce full of Indian spices!

Indian dishes are always packed with flavor and this recipe is no different. If you are wanting more flavor packed Indian recipes then you have to check out my One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice, Easy Roasted Bombay Potatoes, and Madras Lentils.

Paneer Tikka on a black plate

Paneer Tikka is an Indian appetizer that is made of skewers packed with Paneer cheese and veggies all marinated in a tikka full of flavors and spices! If you have not had or even heard of this dish before there are likely a couple of questions you might be asking. Like, what is Paneer? Or what is Tikka? Well let’s break it down!

What is Paneer?

Paneer is a type of Indian cheese. It is very different from any cheese you’re used to because it has the consistency and texture of tofu. This is why you are able to put it onto a skewer and bake it in the oven without it melting off like any other cheese would. Another thing to note is Paneer has a very mild flavoring. Because if this, it soaks up the favoring of any marinade or dish it is in so it can be very versatile.

What does Tikka mean?

Tikka is food which is either meat or vegetarian alternatives, such as Paneer, which has been marinated in yogurt and spices. This is why you will also see Tikka used in other Indian dishes as well.

How to make Paneer Tikka

Assemble your ingredients. For exact amounts see the recipe card below.

Ingredients for paneer tikka

In a large bowl combine all the sauce ingredients and mix well together. Then, set aside 3 Tablespoons of sauce for serving.

sauce or marinade for tikka paneer

Next, add in the paneer, bell peppers, and onions to the bowl with the sauce and mix until everything is coated evenly.

veggies and paneer marinating in the sauce

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour up to overnight, to marinate.

After marinating, preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Assemble your skewers, alternating all of the ingredients. Continue until all skewers are made.

skewers on a baking sheet

Next, spray the skewers with any oil spray so that the veggies don’t dry out.

Bake for 10 minutes then broil for 1-2 minutes until the pieces look slightly charred.

baked skewers on a baking sheet

Remove from the oven and drizzle with the sauce you set aside and enjoy!

kebobs on a black plate

Storage and Reheating

You can store this recipe in an airtight container in your fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat you can do so in your microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute until everything has warmed through. I would not recommend freezing this dish because of the marinade.

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This Paneer Tikka recipe is a scrumptious Indian appetizer loaded with Paneer Cheese and veggies coated in a sauce full of Indian spices!

Paneer Tikka Recipe

This Paneer Tikka recipe is a scrumptious Indian appetizer loaded with Paneer Cheese and veggies coated in a sauce full of Indian spices!
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Course: Appetizer, Appetizers
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Time for Marinating: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic - minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp ginger - minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp mint - chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro - chopped

For the Skewers

  • 8 oz Paneer - cut into cubes
  • 1/2 large red onion - cut into large pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper - cut into large pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper - cut into large pieces
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Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine all the sauce ingredients and mix well together. Set aside 3 Tablespoons of sauce for serving.
  • Next, add in the paneer, bell peppers, and onions to the bowl with the sauce and mix until everything is coated evenly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to overnight, to marinate.
  • After marinating, preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Assemble your skewers, alternating all of the ingredients. Continue until all skewers are made.
  • Next, spray the skewers with any oil spray so that the veggies don't dry out.
  • Bake for 10 minutes then broil for 1-2 minutes until the pieces look slightly charred.
  • Remove from the oven and drizzle with the sauce you set aside and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1201IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 325mg | Iron: 1mg

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Linda

Hi, I'm Linda! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel adventures from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. Be adventurous and try a new recipe and travel somewhere you have never been before.  Bon Appétit! Bon Voyage!  

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