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Paneer Tikka - Air Fryer/ Oven/ Grill

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Keyword air fryer paneer tikka, paneer tikka, tandoori paneer tikka
Diet Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Method Air Fryer, Oven, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 293kcal
Author Bhavana Patil

Ingredients

Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

    Tikka Masala Marinade

    Other Ingredients

    • 300 grams paneer (about 2 cups) cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 1-2 medium bell peppers (mix of green, red, and yellow) cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 1 medium red onion cut into 1-inch cubes

    Garnish

    Instructions

    Marinade

    • In a large bowl add hung curd, besan, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, garam masala, chaat masala, kasuri methi, lemon juice, salt, oil, and mix everything together.
      Add the paneer, bell peppers and onion. Toss well to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
    • Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in cold water for at least 10 minutes which prevents them from burning while in the air fryer, oven or grilling.
      Take a skewer, gently thread paneer, bell peppers and onion on a skewer, alternating with each other. Similarly prepare the remaining screwers.

    Air Fryer Method

    • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (180°C). Arrange all the prepared skewers inside the basket ½-inch apart in a single layer. Brush or spray some oil on the top, this ensures the paneer and veggies don't dry out.
    • Cook for 5 minutes at 360°F (180°C). After 5 minutes, turn the skewers, lightly spray or brush with oil and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
    • Remove in a serving plate, squeeze some lime juice, sprinkle chaat masala and serve it immediately with mint chutney.

    Oven Method

    • Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange all the prepared skewers ½-inch apart in a single layer. Brush or spray some oil on the top, this ensures the veggies don't dry out. Bake for 10 minutes and then broil the skewers on high for 2 to 3 minutes to get slightly charred edges.

    Grill Method

    • Preheat the grill. Line the outdoor grill with aluminum foil to prevent the paneer from sticking. Arrange all the prepared skewers ½-inch apart in a single layer. Brush or spray some oil on the top, this ensures the veggies don't dry out. Cook for 10-12 minutes, by turning halfway through.

    Stovetop

    • You can make this paneer tikka on stove-top even if you don't have an air fryer, oven or a grill. A stovetop grill pan or even a tawa or pan will work.
      Heat the pan or tawa over medium high heat, brush or spray some oil on the pan first. Then arrange all the prepared skewers in a single layer. Again lightly brush or spray some oil on the top. Cook from both sides until it’s turns golden brown in color.

    Notes

    Tips

    • Marinate the paneer for at least 30 minutes or few hours so they absorb more flavors from the marinade.  
    • Don't overcook the paneer else it will get chewy, dry, and hard.
    • If you see your paneer tikka becoming dry, then brush some oil on them to retain the moisture.
    • Highly recommend adding besan (gram flour) to the marinade, this step ensures that the besan would help the paneer to coat well and not stick to the air fryer basket/pan.
    • Cut the paneer and veggies the same size, this helps for quick and even cooking.
    • Make sure to line the skewers in a single layer in the air fryer basket leaving some space between each other. Work in batches if needed.

    Variations

    • I like to use wooden skewers when serving paneer tikka as an appetizer during a party or BBQ. You may also use stainless steel skewers.
    • If you do not have skewers, you can place the marinated paneer and veggies directly on the air fryer basket and cook. Make sure not to overcrowd and just spray some oil before cooking.
    • If you don't have gram flour (besan) then use a chickpea flour, corn starch, or all-purpose flour instead.
    • For a vegan-friendly version, swap paneer for tofu, vegan-friendly yogurt and follow the same process.
    • To make a Keto-friendly version, skip the besan (gram flour) in this recipe.
     
    Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 402mg | Iron: 1mg