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Best Paneer Tikka recipe

Paneer tikka starter is best served hot with mint chutney.Marinated paneer can be cooked on skewers in the oven or air fryer at home.A very easy paneer tikka recipe at home
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time4 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Punjabi
Keyword: cheesy paneer tikka, paneer tikka, paneer tikka easy recipe, paneer tikka home recipe, paneer tikka starter recipe
Servings: 6


  • fan-forced oven
  • skewers
  • whisk
  • Air fryer if not using oven


  • 300 grams cottage cheese/paneer cubed , can be replaced with extra firm Tofu
  • 2 capsicums/peppers 1 red and 1 green diced
  • 1 onion diced/few baby onions

For Marination:

  • ½ cup dahi/yogurt/curd
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder/jeera
  • Lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon chickpea flour/besan
  • 2 tablespoon mustard oil + extra oil for brushing (replace with any cooking oil)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Wooden skewers soaked in water


Steps to marinate cottage cheese tikka

  • Heat the mustard oil, once its hot, turn off the heat and allow the oil to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Mix all paneer tikka ingredients for marination and make a smooth batter.
  • Dip cottage cheese paneer pieces & veggies in the marination paste and refrigerate overnight(min. 4 hrs)
  • Line up the Paneer and veggies on the wooden skewers

Make the paneer tikka starter in oven

  • Preheat the oven at 200 degree Celsius(Fan forced) for 10 minutes
  • Cook them for 8-10 minutes first(fan forced mode) and 3-4 minutes using the top grill option.(Oven broiler option)
  • Optionally, you may grill it over the stove top for few seconds to get the charred look.

Make the cheese paneer tikka in air fryer

  • Preheat the air fryer at 200 degree Celsius for 10 minutes
  • Cook paneer tikka in airfryer for 7-8 minutes first and then 2-3 minutes using the grill option.(Brush with oil once in between)
  • Optionally, you may grill it over the stove top for few seconds to get the charred look.
  • Serve grilled paneer tikka hot with mint chutney


You can make the paneer at home using the recipe given in a link or you can just buy it fresh from dairy or supermarket.
Refer to our details post on making paneer at home here
You may use other veggies like broccoli,baby corns etc and add a teaspoon garam masala or teaspoon chaat masala as per your taste.
You may replace mustard oil with any other vegetable oil.


Serving: 1g