Paneer Tikka (Using Oven) Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)
|1/3 cup Hung Curd|
|1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste|
|1/4 teaspoon Corn Starch (cornflour) or Gram Flour, optional|
|1 teaspoon Red Chili Powder|
|A pinch of Turmeric Powder, optional|
|1 teaspoon Cumin-Coriander Powder|
|A pinch of Garam Masala Powder|
|1 teaspoon Lemon Juice|
|1/4 teaspoon + 1 teaspoon Chaat Masala Powder|
|1/2 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon Mustard Oil or any Cooking Oil|
|Salt to taste|
|150 gms Paneer (cottage cheese), cut into 1/3 inch thick and 1½ inch long squares (approx. 1/2 cup)|
|1/2 large Green Capsicum, cut into 1½-inch squares|
|1/2 large Red Capsicum, cut into 1½-inch squares or 2 Tomatoes, deseeded and cut into 1½-inch squares|
|1 large Onion, cut into 1½-inch squares|
|1 Lemon, cut into wedges|
|1 medium Onion, thinly sliced|
|1/4 cup Green Chutney|
- Tie fresh curd in muslin cloth and hang it or place curd on sieve and put inside refrigerator for an hour to remove excess water. This is known as hung curd or chakka dahi.
- Take hung curd in a large bowl.
- Add 1-teaspoon ginger-garlic paste, 1/4 teaspoon corn starch, 1-teaspoon red chili powder, a pinch of turmeric powder, 1-teaspoon cumin-coriander powder, a pinch of garam masala powder, 1-teaspoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon chaat masala powder, 1/2 tablespoon oil and salt. Add little bit more salt as we will not add salt after adding the vegetables in later steps.
- Mix well using a spoon or a wired whisk to prepare marinade.
- Cut paneer, green capsicum, red capsicum and onion into 1½-inch squares.
- Add paneer cubes, green capsicum, red capsicum and onion in prepared marinade. Mix gently until all vegetables and paneer are coated with marinade. Cover with a plastic wrap or a lid and place it in refrigerator for at least an hour. If possible, marinate them for 2-3 hours to get deep and even flavor.
- Preheat the oven at 200 degree C (400 F). If you are using metal skewers, then grease them. If you are using wooden skewers, then soak them in cold water for 20 minutes (this process will prevent them from burning while grilling).
- Skew marinated onion, red capsicum, green capsicum and paneer (one piece of each in given order) on skewer. You can change the order but keep paneer in the center. Repeat the same order and skew them on skewers until all vegetables and paneer are used. Line the aluminum foil over a deep baking tray. Brush the tikka with little amount of oil and place on a baking tray. Cook for around 7-8 minutes at 200 degree C in pre heated oven. Turn them around, brush with oil and again cook for 5-7 minutes or until edges of paneer start to turn brown.
- Remove skewers from oven and transfer to a plate. Sprinkle chaat masala powder over grilled paneer tikka and serve with sliced onion, lemon wedges and spicy and tangy mint chutney.
- To get the burnt flavor like restaurant, roast the cooked tikka on all sides evenly over direct gas flame for a 30 seconds to a minute.
- If you are using wooden skewer then make sure that you are using it as per its instructions as they run a risk of burning itself.
- Do not over bake them otherwise paneer will turn hard and chewy.
- Use thick curd to prepare hung curd. This will make thick and better marinade.
- You can also use orange and yellow capsicum (bell pepper) along with green and red capsicum for variation.
- Greek yogurt can be used as a substitute of curd.
- Use tofu as a substitute of paneer.
And is there any other utensil required for grill?
Response: Hello Chitra, you can use aluminum foil paper in the oven in grill mode (not in the oven in microwave mode). For the safe side, if you are using the Microwave with Convection -follow the instruction given in the oven manual as the different brand oven has different settings for grill and microwave mode.
Response: Hi Mayuri, use thick wooden skewer (not small toothpick) and soak them in cold water for 20 minutes. After baking, the edges of the skewers may turn black but they will not burn. One more thing, you can use soaked wooden skewer in oven for bake option but not for broil option.
Response: Hi Paramita, you can cook the tikka in any mode (either bake or grill) but grill mode gives better result.
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