Saturday, December 18, 2021

Malai Paneer Tikka

This malai paneer tikka is an incredible appetizer as well as snack. The flavors are SO perfect that you can't say no to this. This is perfect for all ages! The addictive taste of this tikka would make sure it gets often repeated in your menu.

There are many ways to make paneer tikka. This particular recipe uses cream, yogurt, and spices. This results in a tikka that is not colored. The white color of cream and yogurt is retained as well as a perfect balanced taste. 

When making, make sure to soak the skewers for atleast two hours in water. This prevents it from burning. Also, line a baking tray with foil while broiling, so that any drips from the skewers can be cleaned easily. Turn the skewer to each side after 6 minute. Then as soon as it gets a char, flip the side for even and beautiful coloration.

This malai tikka is made with cream and yogurt marinade and is different from the regular tandoori masala marinade. This malai paneer with the creamy taste and color is perfect one with the colors of holiday season and is perfect for any day or for a special Christmas meal too! I served it along with Vegan Coconut Milk Pulao, Snowball Kurma/Baby Aloo Kurma, Raita, Naan, Methi Matar Malai, and Poha kheer!

I am sharing recipes with paneer for this week's Blogging Marathon, Happiness is Homemade, Holiday Time Party Treats for Foodie Monday Blog Hop, and to Sundays on Silverado. Who doesn't love paneer? This addictive malai paneer tikka is my share for the day. Check the recipe for delicious and soft Paneer Burji Swirl Bread that I shared earlier.

This paneer is very addictive, but to make a vegan version use tofu instead. Make sure to press out all the water out of tofu before marinating. Also try this Vegan Butternut Squash and Chestnut Kebabs for yet another delicious snack/meal! 

Serves 6-8

Paneer - 400g, cut into 1.5-in cubes
Bell pepper (red and green) - 1 cup
Onion - 1/2 cup, chunks

For the marinade

Thick yogurt - 5 tbsp
Heavy cream - 5 tbsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 2-in. piece
Garlic - 4 cloves
Green chili - 4 to 6
Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp


Mix the ingredients listed under "marinade" in a bowl.

Coat the paneer and veggie pieces in this mixture and let is rest for 30 minutes.

Add the paneer and veggie pieces to a skewer soaked prior in water.

Broil on HI for 10-12 minutes turning each side. When it gets a beautiful char, remove from the oven.

Serve hot/warm.


  1. First the whole platter looks fantastic ! And this malai tikka - wow ! Absolutely delicious and so tempting .

  2. Paneer malai tikka is super addictive. My family loves paneer and paneer tikka is an all time hot favourite. Fantastic platter and a star attraction of any party.

  3. Malai paneer tikka looks so delicious and a perfect appetizer for parties and get togethers. Lovely share.

  4. The Malai Paneer Tikka looks fabulous, perfectly made and absolutely delicious. 🙂 Love this version made using cream and black pepper. Will definitely try it out shortly.

    1. Thanks, Priya! Do let me know how you love it!

  5. Loved your thali and presentation. Really looking fabulous. Malai Paneer tikka looks so creamy and mouthwatering. A perfect appetizer for parties.

  6. Lovely platter there. Love the malai panner tikka.

  7. Hubby loves malai paneer Tikka while I prefer the spicy version. I like the simple marinade with cream and pepper ..will surely make this soon !

  8. The Malai Paneer Tikka looks so restaurant like. You also have such a lovely collection of paneer recipes here.