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CREAMY PANEER TIKKA

Have you wondered how to make Creamy Paneer Tikka? Well, leave it to me! Today I am introducing this enticing, low carb and hard to resist Indian vegetarian starter. It is packed full of flavours and these tikkas are so easy to make, kid-friendly and perfect for a weekend get together or party menu. The good news is, you don’t need to own or go out in the cold to fire a BBQ, because it can be done in your own cosy kitchen using a Grill or Griddle Pan.

Creamy paneer tikka is an enticing, low carb and hard to resist Indian vegetarian starter. It is packed full of flavours and these tikkas are so easy to make, kid-friendly and perfect for a weekend get together or party menu. The good news is, you don't need to own or go out in the cold to fire a BBQ, because it can be done in your own cosy kitchen using a Grill or Griddle Pan.

The month of April is a celebratory month in our house as there are so many Indian festivals to celebrate along with my dad’s birthday.  My dad loves paneer recipes – Tandoori Paneer Tikka,  Shahi PaneerPalak Paneer and Matar Paratha and in dessert, he can’t get enough of this Shahi Mango Paneer Kheer to name a few. So I wanted to add a little magic to his birthday celebration feast with an extremely delicious Paneer dish which I can serve as a starter. Usually, for an Indian starter, we love barbecued and smoky flavoured dishes rather than deep-fried oily items.

Creamy paneer tikka is an enticing, low carb and hard to resist Indian vegetarian starter. It is packed full of flavours and these tikkas are so easy to make, kid-friendly and perfect for a weekend get together or party menu. The good news is, you don't need to own or go out in the cold to fire a BBQ, because it can be done in your own cosy kitchen using a Grill or Griddle Pan.

Tandoori Paneer Tikka, is a universally loved vegetarian Indian starter, that we all keep coming back to. Sometimes though, it’s nice to mix it up – changing the flavours and textures in a dish isn’t going to harm anyone.

Creamy paneer tikka is an enticing, low carb and hard to resist Indian vegetarian starter. It is packed full of flavours and these tikkas are so easy to make, kid-friendly and perfect for a weekend get together or party menu. The good news is, you don't need to own or go out in the cold to fire a BBQ, because it can be done in your own cosy kitchen using a Grill or Griddle Pan.

LET’S TALK ABOUT CREAMY PANEER TIKKA V TANDOORI PANEER TIKKA

Let’s put this recipe in one family. If I say creamy paneer tikka is a cousin of tandoori paneer tikka, I may get away with that. Both the dishes are made with using one common ingredient and method, which is paneer and grilling. Only the differences are in the colour, ingredients and flavours.

Tandoori paneer tikka is prepared in tandoori marinate (almost fiery red colour) which contains red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, yogurt. Tandoori paneer tikka is slightly tangier and spicier. Whereas creamy paneer tikka marinated in a much milder and richer marinate (creamy pale yellow sauce) which contains more exotic spices, yogurt and cream. It’s rich in taste but not overpowering and definitely palatable for all.

Now you know more about Creamy Paneer Tikka, let’s see what you’ll need to prepare and how to make creamy paneer tikka at home.

INGREDIENTS FOR CREAMY PANEER TIKKA

For these soft, creamy and juicy creamy paneer tikka, you’ll need following ingredients, a couple of them are optional and a few you can alternate if it’s not available in your area. Most of the ingredients for this recipe should be locally available.

First and most wanted item for this recipe is

Paneer – For this recipe, ONLY use firm and hard paneer, which you can cut into small chunks. Nowadays Paneer ( Indian cottage cheese ) is easily available in most of the supermarkets, or go to your nearest Indian grocery store. If you can’t get hold of it don’t despair as paneer is so easy to make at home with only 2 ingredients. Here is my foolproof Homemade Paneer recipe.

Dairy – You also need hung yogurt or full fat thick such as Greek or Turkish yogurt. Also, double cream. ( You may get away with using single cream too )

Exotic Spices – Along with world’s most expensive spice Saffron, you’ll require cardamom powder and Shahi Jeera (caraway seeds).

Basic Spices – Cracked Fennel seeds, Coriander seeds and black pepper. You’ll also need white pepper powder, amchur powder ( dry mango powder), Chaat Masala (optional) and lemon juice.

Vegetables – Fresh green capsicum or bell peppers, ginger and garlic.

Othe ingredients – Besan ( fine chickpea flour ) and Kasoori methi ( optional ).

Fat – Oil or Butter.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY PANEER TIKKA?

First, prepare marinade by combining yogurt, cream, gram flour and spices. Do not add any extra water to make marinate thinner.
Cut paneer and capsicum into cubes.
Add into the prepared marinade.
Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave it at least for half an hour, allow to marinate the paneer, the longer the better.
Once ready to make, thread paneer and capsicum in a skewer.
Grill on a grilled pan.

You can also grill or bake paneer tikka in/on

Oven
Microwave
BBQ

HOW TO SERVE CREAMY PANEER TIKKA?

Creamy Paneer Tikka can be served as a starter, entree or appetizer. Once tikkas are off the pan/grill carefully remove from the skewer and serve it on a serving plate, sprinkle some chaat masala or lemon juice to bring out the levitate the best flavours and taste.

Serve piping hot tikka with mint and yogurt dip or green spicy chutney, along with thinly sliced fresh and crispy ( keep the onion slices in icy water for half an hour) red onion, lemon wedges and fresh salad.

ENJOY CREAMY PANEER TIKKA

Make these easy, straight forward and drool-worthy creamy paneer tikka on a small get-together, your next bbq party or father’s day and impress your friends and family. I bet there will be none left for you to try.

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Paneer tikka, Indian vegetarian starter, bbq paneer tikka, grill pan, cream, sharing food
Starter, Entree, Appetizer
Indian
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Jagruti Dhanecha

Creamy Paneer Tikka

Learn to make Creamy Paneer Tikka, it is rich, creamy and flavourful Indian starter, entree or appetizer or meal in itself!
prep time: 50 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 60 M

ingredients:

Paneer Tikka
  • 500 g paneer
  • 200 g green capsicum
  • melted butter or oil
Marinade
  • 4 TBSP. full fat Greek or Turkish yogurt or hung yogurt ( see note )
  • 1 cup double cream ( you may use little less )
  • Big pinch saffron
  • Big pinch cardamom powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 TBSP ( fennel seeds, shahi jeera, black pepper and coriander seeds )
  • 1 TSP amchoor powder ( dry mango powder )
  • 1 TSP. White pepper powder
  • 1 TBSP ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 TSP. kasoori methi ( dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 2-3 TBSP dry roasted besan ( fine chickpea flour) see note
To serve
  • Chaat masala
  • Lemon wedges
  • Thinly sliced onion
  • Fresh salad
Equipment/Tools
  • Grill Pan
  • Bowl
  • Pastry brush
  • Cling film
  • Skewer ( If using wooden ones, soak them in the water for at least half an hour)

instructions:

Paneer Tikka
  1. Cut paneer and capsicum into cubes and leave it aside.
Marinade
  1. First grind fennel, coriander, shahi jeera and black pepper seeds in a grinder to make a coarse powder.
  2. In a big bowl add yogurt, cream, salt, saffron, cardamom powder, amchoor powder, white pepper powder and four freshly ground coarse powders. 
  3. Add kasoori methi and besan.
  4. Mix well and prepare a sauce.
  5. Add paneer and capsicum, mix well and make sure all the cubes are coated with the marinade.
  6. Cover tightly with the cling film and leave it aside in cool room or refrigerator for at least half an hour. Longer the better.
Grill Creamy Paneer Tikka
  1. Thread paneer and capsicum alternating onto the soaked wooden or metal skewers.
  2. Remove the excess marinade from the tikka.
  3. Heat the grill pan on medium heat and let the heat distribute evenly everywhere.
  4. Lightly brush the pan with the oil or melted butter.
  5. Place the tikka skewers on hot pan and let the tikka cook and char for a couple of minutes on each side. Apply oil or butter using a pastry brush ( if you like darker charred tikka, leave it for longer)
Serving
  1. Remove carefully tikka from the skewer and arrange on a serving platter.
  2. Sprinkle chaat masala or lemon juice and serve with thinly sliced onion, lemon wedges, salad and chilled soft drink or beer.

NOTES:

To prepare a hung yogurt, place yogurt in a muslin cloth and tie a knot and hang it just above your kitchen sink, I usually tie it up to tap, for half an hour.
Calories
1263.59
Fat (grams)
83.28
Sat. Fat (grams)
46.87
Carbs (grams)
88.35
Fiber (grams)
8.05
Net carbs
80.31
Sugar (grams)
35.05
Protein (grams)
43.23
Sodium (milligrams)
1713.97
Cholesterol (grams)
232.73
Created using The Recipes Generator



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Saima

Monday 29th of April 2019

Paneer is such a versatile cheese and paneer tikka is one my favourite recipes. Look forward to trying your version!

lauren

Monday 29th of April 2019

What a great way to start a party or even just a dinner. I love that you don't have to fire up the grill either! I've never heard of dried mango powder but definitely look forward to trying it out on this appetizer!

Jo

Monday 29th of April 2019

Oh my, that paneer looks absolutely delicious! Those grill marks are spot on. My kids absolutely love paneer tikka and your post reminds me I should make some for them soon.

Julie @ Bunsen Burner Bakery

Monday 29th of April 2019

Your recipe sounds delicious, but I mostly want to say how gorgeous your photos are! I can't get over how incredibly crisp and clear and colorful they are - I love them!

pearl rodrigues

Saturday 27th of April 2019

That plate full of paneer is calling my name. This looks so so delicious and easy to make. Definitely trying this out in my kitchen