This is the best Tandoori Paneer Tikka you’ll ever make at home! Same restaurant style taste, but making them our Air Fryer ! These spiced, marinated cheese skewers are flavor packed treat you’ll love as a snack or for upcoming Super bowl or any get-togethers. A delicious vegetarian appetizer perfect for entertaining.
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WHAT IS AIR FRYER TANDOORI PANEER TIKKA
Tandoori paneer tikka is a popular dish made from vegetables and a soft Indian cheese, paneer. The cheese is cut into cubes and marinated in a delectable blend of spices and yogurt. Then you put the marinated cheese and vegetables onto wooden skewers.
Traditionally, you would cook tandoori paneer tikka in a clay oven, called a tandoor. However, you don’t need a tandoor to make this paneer tikka. Air fryer tandoori paneer tikka is a delicious variation on this classic Indian recipe.
WHY SHOULD I MAKE TANDOORI PANEER IN THE AIR FRYER
Most people likely don’t have a traditional tandoor at home to make tandoori paneer or might not feel like fussing with a more labor intensive cooking method. An air fryer provides you a quick, easy method for making dishes like tandoori paneer.Plus, air frying food is a healthier alternative if you are looking for that scrumptious fried food taste with less fat and calories.
Not convinced an air fryer is for you yet? Air frying cooking also involves less mess – you don’t have to figure out what to do with the cooking oil once you are done with it. You won’t have to deal with nasty oil splatters,Air-fryer paneer is faster than traditional methods of cooking tandoori paneer.
While you save tons of time cooking this, you don’t sacrifice any flavor by making tandoori paneer tikka in the air fryer. You’ll still get that beautifully charred paneer that is oh so delicious.
HOW IS TANDOORI PANEER TIKKA DIFFERENT THAN TIKKA MASALA?
If you are new to Indian cuisine, you might be confused by the difference in tandoori paneer tikka and paneer tikka masala.Tandoori paneer is soft Indian paneer cheese served on skewers or kabobs. Before you cook the paneer, you marinade it in a blend of spices.and yogurt. Then you skewer it with chopped vegetables and cook it at a high heat.
Paneer tikka masala is also a dish based on marinated paneer. However, instead of skewering the paneer, the cheese is served in a delicious creamy curry sauce. If you are interested in making tikka masala, check out my flavor packed recipe for Tikka Masala Curry
HOW DO I MAKE MARINADE FOR TANDOORI PANEER TIKKA
To make the marinade for tandoori paneer tikka, you need a few ingredients. You will need:
- thick hung curd / yogurt
- ginger garlic paste
- Kashmiri Red chili powder
- Garam Masala
- Turmeric powder
- Dried fenugreek leaves/ Kasoori Methi
- Lemon juice
- chopped cilantro
Add all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk them together until they are smooth and combined. Then you can add the cut pieces of paneer. You’ll want to toss the paneer pieces in the marinade until the paneer is evenly and well coated. Then cover the bowl and set it aside.
HOW LONG DO I MARINADE TANDOOR PANEER?
At minimum, you should marinade the tandoori paneer for 30 minutes. This lets the paneer absorb some of the flavors.But I recommend you let it marinade for a longer period of time. When I make tandoori paneer, I marinade it for about 2 hours. But if you are in a hurry, you can shorten the time to fit your needs. Just make sure you have at least a half hour to marinade it first.
HOW DO I MAKE TANDOORI PANEER IN THE AIR FRYER OR CRISPLID
To make tandoori paneer in an airfryer, follow all the steps to create the kabobs, making sure you marinade them for at least 30 minutes. Place the marinaded kabobs in your airfryer leaving just a little bit of room between each kabob for the air to pass through. This allows them to cook them evenly.
Set the airfryer to 450 degrees and cook it for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, turn the kabobs and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes at 450. The kabobs are done when charring forms around the edges.
TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKE THE BEST TANDOORI PANEER
Here are some tips for making the best tasting tandoori paneer in the air fryer:
- Mix the spices before adding in the veggies and paneer. This helps ensure the spice mixture is well combined and will spread the flavors out evenly.
- Leave the tandoori paneer marinating for a full 2 hours. This gives the tandoori paneer a chance to really absorb the flavors.
- Cook the tandoori paneer until it just starts to char. Too much charing can make it taste burned and bitter, but a little bit of light charring enhances the flavor.
HOW DO I KNOW IF PANEER IS PROPERLY COOKED
One of the nice features of an air fryer is that it evenly cooks paneer with no need to worry. If you set your air fryer to 450 degrees you cook it for 7 minutes and then turn it. It will need an additional 2-3 minutes at 450.
The way to tell the paneer is done is to look for charring around the edges. Once it starts to char, it is ready to eat.
Tandoori Paneer Tikka Recipe Video
Tandoori Paneer Tikka Recipe
- For Marinating
- 1 cup thick hung curd / yogurt
- One (1) Tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 Tsp Kashmiri Red chili powder
- One (1) Tsp Garam Masala
- 1 Tsp Turmeric powder
- One (1) Tbsp Dried fenugreek leaves/ Kasoori Methi
- Salt to taste
- 1 Lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
- For Tikka
- 250 gm /2 cups Paneer/ cottage cheese
- 1 Green bell pepper deseeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
- One (1) Red bell pepper deseeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 yellow bell pepper deseeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
- One (1) Onion/ cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 Tbsp oil
- Mix all the ingredients under marinade into a bowl and add paneer to it.
- Toss the paneer in the marinade till the cubes are coated well. Cover and set aside for at least half an hour or up to two hours.
- Skewer paneer cubes alternating with onions and capsicum / bell peppers. This should make about 6- 8 skewers.
- Arrange all the prepared skewers in a single layer in the fryer basket, working in batches.
- Spray the tikka with a oil spray. This is important so that the veggies don't dry out.
- HOW CAN I MAKE TANDOORI PANEER IN A CRISPLID
Set CrispLid trivet in inner steel pot of pressure cooker and set fryer basket on top of trivet.
- Arrange all the prepared skewers in a single layer in the fryer basket, working in batches.
- Spray the Tikka with a oil spray. This is important so that the veggies don't dry out.
- Set CrispLid on top of inner steel pot and plug in. Set it to 450 F degrees for 7 minutes. Turn the and set the time for 2 to 3 minutes until paneer pieces look little charred. (Same steps can be followed for Air Fryer)
- Repeat with remaining tikka.
- Carefully remove the skewers out (the paneer tends to become really soft so be careful) and place the skewers on your serving platter. Top with chopped coriander and squeeze lime juice on them.
- Serve immediately with cilantro mint chutney.
Set it to 450 F degrees for 7 minutes. Turn the and set the time for 2 to 3 minutes until paneer pieces look little charred.
HOW CAN I MAKE PANEER TIKKA IN THE OVEN
When you are ready to cook the paneer tikka, preheat the oven to 430 degrees. Make sure it is fully preheated before starting the cooking process.
As the oven heats, spray or use an oil to coat cookie sheets and place the kabobs in a row on the sheets.When the kabobs are ready and the oven is preheated, carefully place the cookie sheets in the oven.
Cook the paneer tikka for 15 minutes in the oven. Halfway through, flip the skewers. When the timer rings, place the kabobs on the top rack and turn the broiler on. Cook under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until they start to char.
HOW CAN I MAKE TANDOORI PANEER TIKKA ON THE STOVE TOP
If you want to make paneer tikka on the stove top, you can! Follow the same directions for creating the kabobs and let them marinade for at least 30 minutes before cooking them.
Once the paneer tikka are ready, heat up a long grill pan (the kind that covers two burners) or use a large skillet. Heat the pan or skillet over medium high heat and add a little bit of olive oil to the pan. Place the paneer tikka on the pan or skillet and cook each side for 2-3 minutes.
You’ll notice some charring on the paneer, which indicates a side is done cooking. Make sure the skillet or pan is nice and hot before adding the kabobs to help ensure they cook evenly and get charred on each side.
HOW TO MAKE PANEER TIKKA IN THE MICROWAVE
You can make tandoori paneer tika in the microwave, though I would recommend avoiding it if you can. Like the air fryer, a microwave is a faster way of cooking the kabobs, but the paneer tikka won’t get the nice charred flavor from cooking in a traditional tandoor, regular oven, or air fryer.
To use a microwave to make paneer tikka, make the kabobs as you would for the airfryer and place them on a microwave safe plate with a bit of space between them. Once they are ready, microwave the paneer tikka on high for 3 minutes. Keep in mind, this time may vary based on the power of your microwave so you may need to adjust the cooking time for your individual microwave oven.
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HOW DO I SERVE PANEER?
Here are some of my favorite ways to serve tandoori paneer tikka:
- as an appetizer with cilantro chutney
- as a side dish
- serve in lettuce as a vegetarian wrap that is low carb
- alongside naan (or Indian flat bread) to make a meal
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