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What Is Paneer Tikka?
Have you ever heard of Paneer Tikka before? Paneer Tikka originates in the North of India. If you were to directly translate Paneer Tikka into the English language, it would mean grilled chunks of Indian cottage cheese. I don’t know about you but this sounds quite enticing to my taste buds. Today I am going to teach you everything you need to know about Paneer Tikka marination, how to make Paneer Tikka, and more. Before jumping right into the recipe, let’s take a moment to talk about the nutritional value of this delicious meal.
You may be wondering whether or not this Paneer Tikka recipe oven style is healthy or not? I mention the oven because Paneer Tikka can be made in various ways. If we were to make a completely authentic Paneer Tikka recipe, we would be cooking this meal in a Tandoor, but today we are going to cover how to make it in the oven as the results will be just as delicious and almost everyone has an oven. Paneer Tikka is definitely a healthy choice to turn to if consumed in moderation. As with any food, it is never good to consume too much of one thing. So if you are going to eat Paneer Tikka every once in and a while, your body and mind will benefit from the joy these amazing flavors will bring you. Okay, it’s time for us to get started with this recipe of Paneer Tikka. I hope you are excited as I am!
What you will need
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (non-dairy option works)
- ½ tbsp minced ginger
- ½ tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp oil of choice
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp kasuri methi
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
- 2 tbsp freshly chopped mint
- 2 cups cubed paneer
- 1 onion cut into squares
- 1 bell pepper cut into squares
- Lemon wedges (optional, for serving purposes)
- More cilantro (optional, for serving purposes)
Make Your Paneer Tikka Marinade
The first step to creating this delicious meal is to make the marinade. To do this you are going to grab a large bowl. Into this bowl, you will add your yogurt (make sure it’s thick), ginger, garlic, oil, turmeric, coriander, chaat masala, red chili powder, garam masala, Kasuri methi, and salt to taste. You will whisk all of these ingredients together until well combined. Once well combined, you will add in your freshly chopped cilantro and mint.
Add-In The Substance
Now that you have made your delicious marinade, it’s time to add in the main attraction of the show. Paneer Tikka in the oven would be nothing without the paneer! So we will simply add our cubed paneer, and our roughly square chopped onion and bell pepper into our already made fragrant marinade. The key is to ensure every piece is fully and evenly coated in marinade. You will now cover your bowl and place it in your refrigerator for a minimum of two hours. Anything longer than two hours is highly encouraged but not necessary. You may even consider marinating overnight to speed up the cooking process the following day.
Now that our paneer, onion, and bell pepper are nicely marinated, it’s time to get them onto our skewers. First, preheat your oven to 450 Fahrenheit so the oven can heat while you are skewering. Feel free to arrange your skewers in whichever way you would like. I enjoy a ratio of 1:2:3 meaning, for every one chunk of paneer, I add two onion slices and three bell pepper slices. I find this way I don’t get overwhelmed by the paneer or overpowered by the onion. As stated earlier, we will be making our Paneer Tikka in the oven. Another common way to cook it up is Paneer Tikka grill style. Place your skewers onto a baking sheet and spray each skewer with oil.
Now is the time to put your Paneer Tikka in the oven. You will bake your skewers at 450 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Following these 10 minutes, you will switch your oven from bake to broil. Broiling our Paneer Tikka for 2 to 3 minutes will give it the charred effect that it would get on the grill or in the Tandoor. Once they are charred, remove them from the oven and get serving.
How To Serve Your Paneer Tikka
Now that you have your kitchen smelling amazing, it is time to serve up your Paneer Tikka. You can choose to keep your Paneer Tikka on the skewers or remove them once they are plated. Once on a plate, squeeze your fresh lemon juice on top and sprinkle more chopped cilantro. Feel free to eat your Paneer Tikka on its own or pair it with basmati rice or homemade roti. Paneer Tikka can be a side dish or a main, so get creative in ways you wish to serve it to your family and friends. If you have any leftovers place them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge. I must admit, reheating Paneer Tikka in the microwave is not the best, but it will definitely do the trick if you’re in a pinch for time. I hope you enjoyed following along with this recipe and enjoyed the food even more. Thanks for joining!
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