Paneer Tikka is a tandoor variety popular, especially in North India. The name paneer tikka comes from the native Indian language.


Paneer is cottage cheese. Tikka means marinating in spice & masalas and then roasting or frying them. Traditionally, they are roasted in a tandoor, but we can fry them in little oil at home and give them a smokey aroma to taste as if roasted in a tandoor.

Now there are varieties of veg tikka & non-veg tikka. The marination process is more or less similar. Yet, there could be a difference in the spices used in both veg & non-veg tikkas.

The veg tikka contains vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, brinjal, etc. On the other hand, non-veg tikka has mutton or chicken pieces.

Items you can & can’t skip

Okay, you can skip red & yellow colour capsicum if they aren’t available. There won’t be a significant difference in the taste. On the contrary, don’t skip green capsicum because they are frequently available. Avoiding capsicum is a bad idea.

Further, it is okay if you don’t have red or orange carrots. You can skip them. Remember not to bypass any of the spice or masala powders. Each one of them has a distinct taste profile.

Why Marinate Paneer Tikka?

To marinate is the key to making enticing food soft and let the masala hold up while cooking immaterial of what you are making. The same applies to paneer tikka.

Here we have curd as the base of marination. Add all the spices, herbs & masala to curd & make a thick paste. After that, add paneer cubes, onions & capsicum pieces. Mix & coat well.

Once you are done, allow it to rest for some time. Doing this will help the ingredients to release flavours. Additionally, the paneer cubes will come out flavourful & loaded with masala. That’s the power of marination.

Adding Smokey Flavour & Aroma

Put hot charcoal between the skewers & pour ghee over it. Immediately cover & let the smoke remain inside for a couple of minutes.

Paneer Tikka step-6

Your paneer tikka will get a smokey taste & aroma by doing this.

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