I loved cooking this paneer tikka more than eating it.I first tasted tikka dishes in barbeque nation.They serve different kind of vegetables as starters before the buffet and we used to get stuffed even before beginning with the buffet :). Ever since I saw those tikka,I was fascinated by the way they were cooked and served on a skewer,but never thought I would be cooking it in my own kitchen one day :P. Fast forward few years and after marriage,when I started cooking and acquired an oven,the first thing I wanted do was this tikka.Indeed this was the first dish even my husband asked me to cook and guess what I made it after 4 years :P. the other day I ate this in a restaurant again and I was determined to make at home immediately.So here is paneer tikka right from my oven.I wonder why it took so much for me to try this,given to the simplicity of the recipe.Just mix spice powders in thick curd,toss paneer cubes and veggies,marinade and cook.Can it get any simpler?. You can play with spices,increasing/decreasing,changing them etc.In restaurants the marinade was coated for almost 1″ above the cubes but I coated mine slightly less and liked this way better.I had tough time shopping for skewers and ended up ordering it online
Paneer tikka recipe
Star ingredients:Paneer cubes,curd and spice powders
Time:15 minutes+3 hours+30 minutes
10-15 cubes paneer cubes
1 small onion cubed
1 small tomato cubed
1 small green bell pepper cubed
1 small yellow bell pepper cubed
For the marinade
3 tablespoons thick curd
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon carom seeds
1.Whisk the curd well and add all the ingredients mentioned for marinade to it.Mix well.
2.Add all the veggies and paneer cubes to the curd mixture and mix well.Carefully coat all the paneer cubes with marinade.
3.Refrigerate for 3 hours. In the mean time immerse few wooden skewers in water for 1-2 hours.
4.After 3 hours check whether the marinade is well set on the paneer cubes.Once set,preheat oven to 180C.
5.Arrange the marinaded paneer and veggies in the skewers.Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the skewers.
6.Bake for 10 minutes,remove and turn the skewers to the other side.Bake for another 10 minutes.The paneer cubes should become slightly golden in the edges.
7.Serve hot with tea.
1.You can add tandoor masala powder to the marinade if you wish.
2.If you ant a thick coating of marinade,add 2 teaspoons besan flour to the marinade.