Paneer tikka is a popular Indian dish made from paneer (Indian cottage cheese) marinated in a flavorful mixture and then cooked on a grill or in a tandoor (traditional clay oven). It is a vegetarian version of the popular chicken tikka and is loved by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
To make paneer tikka at home, you will need the following ingredients:
- 200 grams paneer, cut into cubes
- 1 cup yogurt
- 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Salt to taste
To prepare the marinade, mix yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, lemon juice, oil, and salt in a bowl. Add the paneer cubes to the marinade and gently toss until they are well coated. Cover the bowl and let the paneer marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
After marinating, preheat your grill or oven to medium-high heat. If using a grill, thread the marinated paneer cubes onto skewers. If using an oven, place the marinated paneer on a greased baking tray.
Grill or bake the paneer tikka for about 10-15 minutes, turning them occasionally, until they are golden brown and slightly charred on the edges. Keep an eye on them to prevent them from burning.
Once cooked, remove the paneer tikka from the grill or oven and serve hot. You can garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and serve it with mint chutney or tamarind chutney.
Paneer tikka makes for a great appetizer or a side dish in Indian meals. It can also be used as a filling for wraps or sandwiches. Enjoy this delicious and flavorful dish with your family and friends!