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Paneer tikka without oven

4.55 from 11 votes
Total: 6 hours 50 minutes
Serves 4 PEOPLE

Paneer tikka without oven

Amazingly simple n delicious recipe of Paneer tikka without oven. Cubed cottage cheese and veggies are marinated in yogurt based sauce and seasoned with aromatic spices. A Quick and easy Indian appetizer. Traditionally paneer tikka is prepared in hot tandoors but I have modified the recipe and prepared it over cook top/stove version and this is delicious!! It’s the kind of paneer recipe that’s so tasty it’s hard to stop eating 😉 at least for me. Make this recipe in advance and just before your guest/family is ready for dinner warm it up either in a microwave or in a pan covered with lid.

For this recipe I have used store bought fresh paneer and that gave me perfect cubed pieces. Regarding spices – Feel free to make any substitutions based on what you have on hand. Doing so may change the flavor slightly, but still give excellent results.

Veggies were not marinated along with paneer rather they were pan tossed in reduced marinade mixture.Usually the leftover marinade is thrown away but I have used this marinade to coat my veggies. Marinade mixture was pan boiled and reduced to 1/4 its quantity and this curdled lumps of curd gave great flavor to my veggies! I had to add a little salt and garam masala towards the end to bump up the heat a bit and that balanced everything in the recipe. After this little adjustments; flavoring was spot-on. 

Paneer can easily be substituted with tofu and spices can be adjusted up or down, according to your preferences. Overall a good and recipe that’s easily adaptable to whatever veggies you happen to have on hand. Today when my little munchkin entered house after school, he squeaked with excitement, “Paneer tikka, my favorite!” and before I knew few of the pieces were already gone 🙂  A total kid’s friendly recipe and every kid loves paneer – so do try this out for your family and watch them lick their plates clean; asking for more.

Paneer tikka without ovenPaneer tikka without oven

Paneer tikka without oven

4.55 from 11 votes
Paneer cubes marinated in spices and toasted on tawa/griddle.
Prep: 6 hours
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 6 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 4 PEOPLE


  • 500 grams Paneer or 1 LB Paneer
  • 1 small Cubed Onions
  • 1 medium Cubed Green Capsicum/Bell Peppers
  • 1 medium Cubed Red Capsicum/Bell Peppers
  • 2 cups Hung Curd (thick Market curd/yogurt)
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dried mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder (sukha dhaniya)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chaat Masala - to sprinkle on top (to sprinkle on top)


  • Assemble: all the ingredients.
  • Chop paneer into bite size cubes.
  • In a large bowl prepare the marinade by adding all the ingredients one by one. Mix till its well blended.
  • Add paneer to this marinade and mix till each piece is fully coated. Cover the bowl and marinade for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight.
  • Heat a skillet, apply oil and using a toothpick place paneer cubes on this hot skillet.
  • Evenly brown all the side by turning them occasionally. Once evenly browned take it off the griddle and sprinkle chaat masala.
  • Paneer tikka cubes perfectly grilled.
  • Keep your vegetables ready - all cubed.
  • In a pan heat oil and add all the leftover marinade to this pan. Keep sauteing till all the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is all crumbly and dried up.
  • Add veggies to it, coat them in this mixture, cover and cook for 1-2 minutes on a low flame till they are barely tender but still crisp. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Nicely coated veggies. You can enjoy them as is or just spread it out on a plate, keep paneer tikka in the center and serve OR
  • Take a toothpick..
  • Pick up some veggie pieces...
  • Closer look..
  • Finally poke a hole in paneer and attach it at the last.
  • Paneer tikka is ready to be served.
  • Enjoy this delicious appetizer with the chutney of your choice.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi
Course: Snacks And Appetizers
Cuisine: Indian

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  1. Lorri says:

    What’s up, I log on to your blog like every week.
    Your story-telling style is witty, keep it up!

  2. Lila says:

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  3. Isha says:

    I love your presentation and clarity! Thank you for taking the time to do is! Its great for starters like me!

  4. Nisha says:

    Your recipes are very tasteful.heads off to your detailed explanation. Helps a lot. Though the recipe becomes to big on the phone but honestly speaking I love every bit of it. You cover the basics of a recipe. Like this one who could think of making paneer tikka without oven. Thanks Ruchi mine came out really nice. The ingredients were very well coated on the paneer and its tasty delicious.

    • RK says:

      Thanks Nisha. Yes,I agree paneer is well coated with spices and marinade when cooked on the cooktop. Glad you liked the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Aakriti says:

    I usually don’t comment, come visit your site, just read the posts, like them and try your recipes. Today I compelled to leave a comment….ur recipes r healthy ,tasty n easy 2 cook….really awesome..keep it up

    • RK says:

      Thanks for stopping by Aakriti and your wonderful feedback. Glad to hear that you found something of your liking on the site ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sarah Burns says:

    I just want to mention I am just beginner to blogs and seriously enjoyed your blog. This recipe was excellent – thank you so much! I substituted paneer with tofu and the spice was adjusted up/down. We loved this and will definitely be making this again.

    • RK says:

      You are welcome Sarah!!Tofu must have tasted equally good and scrumptious.Glad to hear that you liked the recipe and thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. anupreet says:

    Awesome recipe. …love the way you described n presented. It helped a lot.
    Definitely gonna try this.

  8. Daksha says:

    Your recipe is very nice and easy to make

  9. Megha says:

    I cooked it … My husband loved it ๐Ÿ˜€
    & I got papering and love in return….. Thanks a ton

    • Ruchi says:

      That so sweet!! Thanks for sharing your lovely feedback with me. Happy to hear that you and your hubby liked the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Shilpa says:

    Hi Ruchi,

    As always,a great recipe.
    If i wanted to make this for a party,can I cook everything n assemble the paneer n the veggies beforehand as shown above and when the guests arrive,shud I heat it in the oven,not sure doing so,will it make the panner chewy n hard,plz advise.

    Thanks again for this awesome recipe

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks Shilpa!

      Yes, you can make paneer beforehand. When ready to heat, sprinkle some water, cover with a foil, reheat paneer and enjoy!!

  11. Chinu says:

    Hi ruchi
    Loved ur recipes
    Wana ask while sauting veggies nd evaporating all the liquid oil gets too cooked resulting black in colour

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks Chinu. Glad to know that you are enjoying my recipe collection.
      Keep the flame on medium low and it will take care of the issue.

  12. Anant says:

    Very tasty recipe of paneer tikka