Embarking on a Flavorful Adventure: Paneer Tikka Recipe

Oct 21, 2023 | Main Courses

An Unforgettable Culinary Journey: Paneer Tikka Recipe

Paneer Tikka being made

Paneer Tikka holds a special place in my heart. I’ll never forget the day I first tasted this tantalizing Indian dish during my trip to Delhi. It was a warm evening, and the aroma of grilled spices filled the air as I wandered through the bustling streets. The sizzle of skewered paneer and vegetables on an open flame drew me towards a small food cart, manned by a skilled chef who seemed to possess an innate gift for creating culinary wonders.

After eagerly placing my order, I observed as the chef meticulously prepared marinated cubes of paneer, threaded them onto skewers with colorful peppers and onions, and slowly grilled them to perfection. The resulting dish was an explosion of flavors – succulent, smoky, and infused with the delicate spices of India. From that moment, Paneer Tikka became an integral part of my gastronomic repertoire.

– 250g paneer, cut into cubes
– 1 large bell pepper, cut into chunks
– 1 large red onion, cut into chunks
– 2 tablespoons yogurt
– 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 teaspoon red chili powder
– 1 teaspoon garam masala
– 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
– 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
– 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
– Salt, to taste
– 2 tablespoons oil
– Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Step 1: Marinating the Paneer and Vegetables
1. In a mixing bowl, combine yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, red chili powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt.
2. Add the paneer cubes, bell pepper chunks, and onion chunks to the bowl, ensuring they are coated evenly with the marinade.
3. Let the mixture marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Step 2: Grilling the Paneer Tikka
4. Preheat your grill or stovetop grill pan over medium heat.
5. Thread the marinated paneer, bell peppers, and onions alternately onto skewers.
6. Brush the skewers with oil, ensuring all the sides are covered.
7. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the paneer is slightly charred and the vegetables are tender.

Paneer Tikka being grilled

Step 3: Serving and Enjoying
8. Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
9. Transfer the Paneer Tikka to a serving platter and garnish with fresh cilantro.
10. Serve hot as an appetizer, accompanied by mint chutney and lemon wedges.

Tips and Variations:
– To add an extra kick to your marinade, incorporate a teaspoon of chaat masala or a pinch of black salt.
– For a smokier flavor, you can use a charcoal grill or add a few drops of liquid smoke to the marinade.
– Customize your Paneer Tikka by experimenting with different vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, or zucchini.
– If you don’t have a grill or stovetop grill pan, you can also prepare Paneer Tikka in the oven by broiling the skewers for 5-7 minutes on each side.

Paneer Tikka ready to be served

Paneer Tikka symbolizes the rich cultural heritage of India and its diverse flavors. It is a dish that brings people together, whether it’s at festive occasions or casual gatherings. The simple combination of grilled paneer and vegetables, infused with aromatic spices, creates a culinary experience that will leave an indelible mark on your taste buds.

So, indulge yourself in this remarkable journey of flavors by immersing yourself in the magic of Paneer Tikka – a dish that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Delhi and beyond!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 paneer tikka skewer

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 224
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
  Saturated Fat 5g 25%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 330mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
  Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  Sugars 2g  
Protein 15g  
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 42% Iron 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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