Tandoori Paneer Tarte au Soleil is a fun vegetarian French-Indian fusion appetizer made with store-bought puff pastry and a generous filling of grated paneer and vegetables in a finger-licking Tandoori marinade. It is then cooked in the air fryer for the perfect flaky texture all over. 

An overhead image of round puff pastry in the shape of a sunflower on parchment paper. The recipe is Tandoori Paneer Tarte au Soleil


French-inspired Tarte au Soleil is a pull-apart puff pastry recipe. It is aptly named "Tarte au Soleil" because it resembles a beautiful Sun!

The beauty of this puff pastry is that you can literally fill it with whatever you fancy!

Our Tarte au Soleil, with the addition of Tandoori Paneer and vegetables, undergoes a fantastic Indian twist to create a fusion recipe. We love our Indian-fusion recipes and recently made Tandoori Paneer Galette

Despite its stunning look that is sure to wow every one of your guests, Tarte au Soleil could not be easier to make. It can easily be ready in under 30 minutes because we have used a ready-made puff pastry and air-fried the tart for a perfectly even finish. This makes it the perfect make-ahead party food with a wow-effect, every single time!

Why not get your friends and family involved in making this pastry together for an afternoon of fun baking! 

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Ingredients for Tandoori Paneer Tarte au Soleil 

(for a full list of ingredients with amount and method, see the recipe card at the end of the post)

Tandoori Paneer and Vegetable Filling:

1. Paneer - grated

2. Bell pepper - we have used red, yellow and green for colour

3. Onion - red onion works well 

4. Fresh Coriander

5. Tandoori Sauce

6. Gram flour - roasted chickpea or besan flavour to absorb moisture


1. Ready-made Puff Pastry sheets

2. Milk to glaze

3. Onion seeds - aka kalonji to garnish

How to make the perfect Tarte au Soleil with Tips:

To prevent a cracked pastry when unrolling, take the puff pastry out of the fridge half an hour before using it. This ensures a smoother pastry that is easier to handle - judge this based on the climate you live in! Summer months will soften the pastry a lot quicker! If the pastry is too soft, it will stick to the surface so judgment is key!

Use a little roasted besan flour (chickpea flour, gram flour) to soak up the moisture in the filling. Ensure you roast the flour first otherwise it will taste raw once cooked as the cooking time for the pastry is not long enough for the flour to cook. 

We have very finely sliced the vegetables so that they do not fall out of the pastry. Big chunks of vegetables will be difficult to work with. 

Use fillings that are not overly runny - it may make the pastry soggy and difficult to twist. 

Do not overstuff the pastry. Too much filling will add weight to the pastry and make it difficult to twist.

Make sure that the pastry will fit into the air-fryer basket. 

Use a spatula or a flat utensil to gently lift up each "ray" before twisting. 

Make the tarte onto parchment paper that you will be baking/air frying on. It is difficult to lift the tarte and switch to a different baking tray after!

If you have leftover filling, turn your scraps of puff pastry into smaller parcels and bake alongside your Tarte au Soleil

How to make Tandoori Paneer Filling: 

I love the combination of paneer and vegetables - it almost creates an Indian Pizza flavour!

Crumble some shop-bought or homemade paneer 

We have used finely chopped red, yellow and green bell peppers. We have added red onion and coriander leaves all finely chopped to the mixture.

We have used a few tablespoons of roasted chickpea flour to help bind the mixture and to absorb some of the moisture. 

For ease, we have used a ready-made Tandoori Sauce that is easily available from a supermarket. 

If you want to make the Tandoori Sauce at home, follow the steps from our Tandoori Paneer Tikka for the marinade. 

A zoomed image of Tandoori Paneer Tarte au Soleil with flaky puff pastry

Vegan Tarte au Soleil 

Vegans do not need to miss out as this recipe is so easily adaptable. 

Instead of paneer, it is possible to add crumbled tofu. Ensure that the tofu has been draining for a few hours using a tofu press (or good-old kitchen towel with a stack of tins). This tofu can then directly be substituted. 

Vegan cheese can also be used here. Use a fine grater to grate a block of vegan cheese so that it resembles a crumb-like texture. Ready grated vegan cheese packets probably have too big slices and it will not be easy to make the twists later on. 

Store puff pastry tends to be vegan already but make sure to check the packet first. 

Can I make Tarte au Soleil in advance?

Yes, you can definitely make this recipe ahead of time - making it even more party-proof!

This tarte can be made and cooked about a day ahead and can be reheated in the oven for 5 minutes before serving. It also tastes good cold, so you have a few options to serve!

For freshness, I would only cut up the vegetables just before using them. Especially as onion tends to smell strong once it is peeled and cut. 

How to garnish Tarte au Soleil 

As this is an Indian fusion recipe, we have garnished it with kalonji (aka onion seeds) as they provide the most divine aromatic flavour. 

You could garnish with seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin. 

Sesame seeds are also an option. 

If you make a sweet Tarte au Soleil, then you could dust with icing sugar. 

How to shape Tarte au Soleil 

The first time I came across a picture of Tarte au Soleil, I convinced myself that the process of shaping the pastry must be so complicated! However, a quick glance at the recipe and I couldn't have been more wrong! 

By following the simple steps below, I had the most beautiful Tarte au Soleil in front of me. 

The first step is to cut a ready-rolled puff pastry into a perfect circle. I used an 8-inch plate for mine to be able to fit into the Instant Pot Vortex 4 in 1 Air Fryer. 

If you are using an air fryer, take care to check that the size of the pastry is small enough to fit into the air fryer basket. This is less of a concern if you will be baking the pastry. 

You will need to cut two of these circles so buy two packets of ready-roll pastry. 

Top one of the rounds with your filling and then place the other round directly on top - use a rolling pin to make this easier. 

The next part is to make a slight indentation into the middle of the pastry using a cookie cutter or shot glass  - similar to the middle of a sunflower! This ensures that you do not cut too far into the pastry. 

The next step is to cut equal "rays" into the pastry. 

To do this, first cut the pastry into quadrants without cutting past your indentation. Cut each quadrant in half and then half again, making 4 "rays" in each quadrant and 16 "rays" altogether. 

How many "rays" you choose to make depends on your filling. Our Tandoori filling is made with crumbled paneer and finely chopped vegetables. As this filling can fall out, we kept our rays fairly thick. 

The next step is what creates the impressive "wow" finish. Each "ray" needs to be gently twisted an equal number of times in the same direction and placed back in its place. 

We have twisted twice as, again, we did not want our filling to fall out of the pastry. You could twist more times if you wanted to. 

We have used milk for an eggless glaze.

Sprinkle with kalonji (onion seeds)

The next step is to either bake or air fry the pastry. 

How to make Tarte au Soleil in the Air-Fryer 

You can either bake or air-fry the Tarte au Soleil. 

I prefer to make the Tarte in the air fryer because the air fryer gives a perfect and even finish to the puff pastry. It is also quicker than baking. 

As explained in the steps above, ensure that your pastry can comfortably fit into the air-fryer basket. 

We prepared our Tarte on parchment paper so it can easily be lowered directly into the air-fryer basket. 

An image of tandoori paneer tarte au soleil with green chutney to serve with.

More Paneer Recipes:

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Punjabi Matar Paneer - invokes curry house feelings!

Palak Paneer and Matar Paratha - a twist on paneer paratha, this dish tastes as good as it looks

Schezwan Paneer Wraps - your new picnic hero! Strips of schezwan paneer are layered with vegetables inside a tortilla wrap. 

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Starter, Appetizer, snack
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Hayley Dhanecha
Tandoori Paneer Tarte au Soleil

Tandoori Paneer Tarte au Soleil

A sun tart with an Indian twist is air fried in the air fryer, the filling is Tandoori Paneer for a delicious appetizer or snack. This Tarte is not only looking beautiful but so easy to make. Only takes 30 minutes to make.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 2 pack ready-rolled puff pastry
  • Milk for glaze
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1/4 cup readymade tandoori sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated paneer
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped capsicum (red, yellow, green)
  • 2 tbsp. roasted gram flour
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
  • Freshly chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp. onion seeds (Kalonji)
  • Air fryer or oven
  • Chopping board
  • 8" round plate
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper


  1. Mix the filling ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Lay the pastry and cut it into round using a plate. (we used an 8" round plate)
  3. Slide this onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and keep it in the fridge whilst cutting the other round if the weather is quite warm outside.
  4. Bring out the first-round pastry, brush milk all along the edge.
  5. Spread tandoori mixture over leaving a 1/2" gap around the edge.
  6. Carefully lay another round on top of the first pastry round.
  7. Seal the edges by pressing with your fingers.
  8. Use a small cookie cutter to make an indent in the centre.
  9. Cut pastry into four quadrants and each in half and half again, you'll have 16 parts.
  10. Twist each part twice.
  11. Glaze the pastry with milk and sprinkle kalonji seeds if using.
  12. Then air fry or bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
  13. Enjoy hot with green chutney.
Air fryer method
  1. Preheat the Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer to 180 C
  2. Once prompted, carefully add the tart to the basket.
  3. Air-fry for 5-7 minutes. Try 5 minutes for the first batch to how your tart have cooked.
Oven method
  1. Preheat the oven at the gas mark 6-7 or 400F.
  2. Bake tart until risen and well browned all over, 30–35 minutes. (keep an eye on after 20 minutes) 


If using a frozen puff pastry make sure it is thawed properly before using it.

Use leftover pastry to make cheese sticks or small parcels.

The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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  1. Such a beautiful tarte. Perfect showstopper at any party and I love that it is less slog to get this beauty out.

  2. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth7 June 2021 at 20:52

    I am in love with the way the tart looks as well as the paneer filling sounds really flavorful... I could keep staring at that pretty tart...

  3. This is a great appetizer or snack. It will be loved by all ages and it's so easy to make to. It looks so fancy and inviting.

  4. Oh so delish Tandoori paneer tarte has all the wonderful things which I love. By the looks it seems bit difficult, but you have aced the recipe perfectly and made it so easy to prepare with your detailed instructions.

  5. What a beautiful tart au Soleil. Looks so tempting. Adding a paneer and veg filling, makes it all the more tempting. Making the twisted rays certainly requires a lot of patience.

    1. Thank you Mayuri, we thought it would be difficult but we managed it without any major issues.

  6. Tandoori Paneer tart looks absolutely gorgeous...you have nailed the shape with the twisted rays...Looks so tempting & really fancy!

    1. Thank you Padma, we had great fun making this tart.

  7. Can't take my eyes off this gorgeous looking Tandoori Paneer tart. The shape is just perfect and the paneer and veggies filling makes the dish filling.

  8. It was so delicious Poonam.

  9. Tandoori paneer tart looks so delicious and love the fact it is so easy to make with readymade puff pastry sheets. Love the gorgeous shape and beautiful pics 😍

  10. Tandoori paneer tart looks so delicious and such a lely idea.I always look for idea to jazz up my puff pastry recipes and this one sounds just perfect to try.

  11. Tandoori Paneer Tarte au Soleil !!!! that sounds amazing and the clicks are super gorgeous. YOu have prepared it so well and I like those shapes after cooking...

  12. This is absolutely gorgeous - I love how you twisted the pastry! I will have to try something similar.

  13. I love paneer and this tart looks truly amazing. I can't wait to make this so I can wow my family and friends. Thanks for sharing!

  14. This amazing tarte is yet another reason for me to buy an air fryer. It looks perfectly golden all over. Love those flavours too, would be so great for brunch!

    1. Thanks a lot, air fryer is a useful gadget.

  15. The tandoori paneer was a great filling for this. I went with the air fryer method and it came out perfect!

    1. That's lovely! Thanks for trying this recipe.

  16. Loved the way it is presented and was so tempted to try it. So tried and it vanished in no time. Fam jam loved the tarte.Thanks

    1. Thank you! Glad you guys enjoyed this.

  17. Oh my gosh I have to make this! This looks so beautiful and sounds so delicious...what a fabulous filling!

  18. This tandoori tart is just gorgeous! I love how it's made easily because of the pre-made puff pastry and in the air fryer!!

  19. What a wonderful recipe! Such a gorgeous tandoori paneer tart, and looks delicious. Thank you for your post, I will definitely make this lovely tart.

    1. Thank you Jenny! Let us know your feedback.

  20. This tart was delicious and met all of my expectations! I also really enjoyed the tandoori twist as it added so much flavor. Thanks


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