Paneer Tikka recipe, पनीर टिक्का, Paneer Tikka on Tawa, Paneer Tikka without Oven-Grill
Paneer Tikka is a delicious tandoori snack made from Paneer and veggies with marinated in spiced yogurt-based. It is popular Indian appetizer. Instead of grilling in oven, this recipe is made on tawa. Marination with spices and curd enhances its flavor and taste. It is a dry dish.
Ingredients – Interesting facts
- Paneer is also known as Cottage cheese. But unlike other common cheese, it does not melt.
- It can be made by curdling the milk with the help of lemon or vinegar and then draining the liquid.
- Its texture ranges from soft and spongy to slightly firm and depends on for how long paneer is pressed after draining the liquid.
- It is highly perishable product because of high moisture content.
- It is an excellent source of protein. For vegetarians, it is a good alternative of meat products.
- Lemons are a fruit produced by a lemon tree.
- The name ‘Lemon’ has been derived from the Asian word which means ‘sour fruit’.
- The sour taste of Lemon is because of its citric acid content.
- Lemon juice can be used to make beverages, like cocktails, lemonade and soft drinks.
- In early times, lemons used to be so rare that wealthy people used to present lemons to each other.
- Lemon trees produce lemons throughout the year.
- Because of high level of acidity, Lemon is also used for cleaning stains around the house.
- Lemon Festival is celebrated in France in the month of February.
- Salt is the most common ingredient in our kitchen.
- It is present in each and every cell of our body.
- Its Latin name is Sal from which the word “salary” is derived. It is believed that in the ancient times, the roman soldiers were paid in salt.
- It is essential for life, but its excess intake poses health risk.
- Ginger is a rhizome (an underground stem) and not a root.
- India is the largest producer of Ginger.
- In India, use of ginger in medicine goes back to ancient times.
- Its generic name is “Zingiber”. It is derived from the Greek word “zingiberis”, which comes from the Sanskrit name of the spice, “singabera”.
- The intense smell and pungent taste of garlic comes from the large quantity of sulphur in it.
- It has a great importance in Ayurveda.
- Garlic is one of the oldest food flavorings used in ancient times.
- Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated crops.
- National Garlic Day is celebrated on April 19th in USA.
- Cumin is believed to be originated from Egypt.
- It is a drought-tolerant crop and grows in tropical regions.
- Although it is called Cumin Seed, it is basically fruit of the cumin plant.
- It is commonly known as Jeera in India.
- Around 70% of the world’s cumin production is done in India.
- Black salt or kala namak is not really black in colour. In its crystal form, it looks purple.
- It is also known as “Himalayan black salt”.
- Historically, it is made from the salt rocks, mined in Himalayas region.
- Take a bowl.
- Add the below mentioned ingredients:
Curd – ½ cup
Kashmiri Red Chilli powder – 2 tbsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Roasted Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Chaat masala – 1 tsp
Tandoori masala – 1 tbsp
Black Salt – ½ tsp
Salt – ½ tsp (as per taste)
Kasuri Methi /Dry Fenugreek leaves – 1 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Crushed Ginger-Garlic – 1 tbsp
Besan (gram flour) – 4 tbsp
Hot Mustard oil- 2 tbsp (instead of Mustard oil any oil can be used)
- Now add the below mentioned ingredients and mix gently:
Capsicum – ½ cup
Onion – ½ cup
Paneer (Cottage cheese) – 300 gm
Keep aside for 30 minutes for marination.
- Take a Skewer.
- Arrange the paneer and vegetables on skewer in alternative order as below:
- Spread a little Oil on a hot tawa.
- Place the skewers on tawa
- Roast all sides on low flame.
Paneer Tikka is ready.