Malai Paneer Tikka Recipe
Recipe type: Side, Snack, Vegetarian
RecipeCuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3-4
 
Malai Paneer Tikka recipe is an Indian starter made from cottage cheese (paneer) cubes marinated with yogurt, cream, spices, herbs and then grilled or baked or even fried. I am pleased to share the restaurant style malai paneer tikka recipe with everyone.
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
For Marination:
  • 10-12 cashewnut
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 1.5 tbsp hung curd
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1.5 t/s lime juice
  • 1-2 t/s kashmiri red chili powder or as required
  • ½ t/s garam masala powder
  • 1 t/s roasted cumin powder
  • 1 t/s coriander seed powder (dhaniya)
  • 1 t/s amchur powder
  • 1 tbsp chat masala
  • ¾ t/s pepper powder
  • ½ tbsp crushed dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • 1 t/s sugar
  • black salt (kala namak) or rock salt
Other Ingredients:
  • 250 gms cottage cheese (paneer) diced into squares (i used store bought paneer)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 capsicum or bell pepper (optional) chopped into squares
  • 1 onion chopped into sqaures
How to make the recipe?
  1. Combine everything into the blender except kasuri methi and chat masala. Blend into a smooth paste.
  2. Add the kasuri methi and give a nice whisk.
  3. Now add the squared paneer and veggies to the marinade.
  4. Mix gently with your hand or just toss them gently. Ensure they are coated nicely with the marinade. Set aside for 30-40 mins, you could marinate in the fridge for a longer time if you wish.
  5. Skewer the paneer and veggies on a skewer gently. To avoid a mess stack them over a platter.
  6. Grease a pan with oil and place them over the greased pan. Preheat the oven to 200°C exactly 15 mins before baking.
  7. Bake for 10-12 mins. Brush them with oil or spray oil over them also if you have more marination mixture pour that too over them. Again bake for 10-15 mins more. Sprinkle some chat masala and squeeze lime juice over the tikka.
  8. Serve the malai paneer tikka with lemon wedges and green chutney.
Notes
1. If you don't have a oven don't worry just shallow fry the skewered paneer with veggies.
2. If you are frying them then just sprinkle some corn flour over the marinated paneer and veggies. Now shallow fry the paneer along with the skewer for 2-3 mins or until cooked. This process will help the paneer not to stick to the bottom.
3. You could marinate paneer and keep overnight for better results. But leave them in the fridge if marinating for a longer time.
4. Please don't over bake as paneer tend to get harder if cooked, baked or fried for a longer time.
5. Home-made paneer is always good but you could use a store bought paneer too for this recipe.
6. While you skewer the cottage cheese be gentle as they might crumble so do it softly and gently.
7. You could use any veggies of your choice like mushroom, baby corn etc.
8. I prefer medium spicy but you could add more chili powder for more spice.
9. Preferably use kashmiri red chili powder for a robust, red color also it's mild spiced. If kashmiri red chili powder isn't available use deggi mirch powder instead.
10. If you want charcoal flavor then you would have to use a tandoor.
Recipe by Flavors of Mumbai at https://www.flavorsofmumbai.com/malai-paneer-tikka-recipe/