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.