Paneer Malai Tikka Recipe | How to Make Restaurant Style Paneer Malai TIkka

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Barbecue parties are a great way to spend some quality time with your family and friends enjoying lovely food around the table.This was the last barbecue of the season and we hope to have many such evenings this coming monsoon. What I really love about the barbecue parties is the aura of care-freeness as me and my loved ones gather around at the rooftop, enjoying the evening breeze, waiting for the food to be done as the mouthwatering aroma wafts through the air.I prepare the marinades ahead of time, typically the previous evening.The marinated meat and vegetables get enough time to soak in the flavors as they rest in the fridge until we are ready to grill.That’s the beauty of barbecue recipes. Today I am sharing the recipe of paneer malai tikka (पनीर मलाई टिक्का), which is a restaurant style vegetarian barbecue recipe. It is one of my most favorite tikka recipes on the tandoori platter when I eat out.

Paneer Malai Tikka – A Popular Version of Tandoori Paneer

As the name suggests, the marinade of this barbecue recipe is made with fresh cream or malai. The fragrance of green cardamom and saffron combine with the richness of the cream to create a phenomenal blend of flavors. The mint, cilantro, and kasoori methi (कसूरीमेथी) /dried fenugreek leaves lend the marinade the heady herby vibes that elevate the overall flavor profile. Soaking the paneer and veggies in this marinade for about 24 hours gives you a tikka recipe that melts in your mouth and elates your senses. It’s an absolute crowd pleaser. Don’t worry; the fat in the marinade doesn’t let the mint nd cilantro oxidize at all.

Serving Suggestions for Paneer Malai Tikka

Paneer Malai Tikka has very subtle flavors and taste. It only makes sense if you have contrasting accompaniments on the side that do not ruin its subtlety.Mint and cilantro chutney serves the purpose as its divergent flavors highlight the richness of the dish. I also like some cabbage salad on the side. Just combine shredded cabbage with some finely sliced tomatoes, capsicum, and onions. Season them with salt and lemon juice.Give it a toss. And there you have it! A fresh salad with hot chutney to go with the most amazing paneer malai tikka recipe ever!

I had made the malai paneer tikka recipe for 10 people. There were other items too, such as tandoori surmai (recipe here) and chicken tikka. So I am sharing the recipe that would serve a family of 4 sufficiently even if this is the only appetizer. As a matter of fact, paneer malai tikka is quite rich and just a couple of skewers are enough to make you feel full.

I have used homemade paneer that I made using whole milk. You can check out the recipe here – Homemade Paneer Recipe. And here is the link to the Cilantro Chutney to which I added some mint.

If you would like to browse through some gorgeous paneer recipes, click on the links given below.

Let’s see how to prepare this beautiful appetizer recipe that is malai paneer tikka from scratch.

How to Make Restaurant Style Paneer Malai Tikka

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A luscious appetizer recipe, Paneer Malai Tikka features cubes of paneer or farmer’s cheese marinated in rich fresh cream based marinade along with the veggies and grilled to perfection over hot coals.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Paneer – 500 grams, diced
  • Capsicum – 2 medium, diced
  • Tomatoes - 2 medium, diced
  • Onions - 2 small, diced
  • Fresh cream – 200 ml
  • Cheese – 50 grams/2 cubes
  • Kasoori Methi – ½ tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Green cardamom powder – ½ tbsp
  • Chat masala – ½ tbsp
  • Powdered sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Saffron – a few stand soaked in 1 tbsp warm milk
  • Ginger – 1-inch piece
  • Green chilies – 2
  • Cilantro/Coriander leaves–¼ cup
  • Mint – 2 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Combine cilantro, mint, ginger and green chilies in a grinder. Pulse them a couple of times to get a coarse mixture.
  2. In a bowl, combine fresh cream, grated cheese, and the ground mixture herbs, ginger, and chilies. Also, add salt, kasoori methi, saffron soaked in milk, chat masala, green cardamom powder, and powdered sugar. Mix well.
  3. Marinate the paneer, capsicum, onions and tomatoes in separate bowls. Cover and let them rest in the fridge for 2 hours, or preferably 24 hours.
  4. When you are ready to grill the marinated paneer and vegetables in the tandoor, arrange them on the skewers. Alternate between paneer pieces, capsicum, onion and tomatoes while arranging them on the skewers.
  5. When the coals in the tandoor are ready, arrange the skewers in the tandoor.
  6. When the marinade on the underside sets, turn the tikkas and baste it with some marinade if you wish. Turn again and continue to cook until the second coat of the marinade is cooked. Cooking the paneer malai tikka takes about 7-8 minutes.
  7. Remove the skewers from the tandoor and carefully slide the tikkas off the skewers into the plate using a pair of tongs. Serve paneer malai tikka hot with some green chutney and cabbage salad.

 

Paneer Malai Tikka Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below


Step 1

Prepare the ingredients for paneer malai tikka. Dice 500 grams of paneer, 2 medium tomatoes, 2 small onions, and 2 medium capsicums. Soak a few strands of saffron in 1 tbsp warm milk. Lay out the seasoning ingredients and spices.

ingredients for paneer malai tikka


Step 2

Combine ¼ cup cilantro, 2 tbsp mint, 1-inch piece of ginger, and 2 green chilies in a grinder.

combining, cilantro, ginger, green chilies and mint in a grinder


Step 3

Pulse them a couple of times to get a coarse mixture.

cilantro, mint, ginger and green chili ground to coarse paste


Step 4

In a bowl, combine 200 ml fresh cream, 50 grams grated cheese, and the ground mixture herbs, ginger, and chilies. Also, add salt to taste, ½ tbsp roasted and crushed kasoori methi, saffron soaked in milk, ½ tbsp chat masala, ½ tbsp green cardamom powder, and 1 tbsp powdered sugar.

combine, cream, cheese, mixture of ground herbs, salt, roasted crushed kasoori methi, saffron soaked in milk, chat masala, cardamom powder and powdered sugar


Step 5

Mix well.

mix well


Step 6

Marinate the paneer, capsicum, onions and tomatoes in separate bowls. Cover and let them rest in the fridge for 2 hours, or preferably for 24 hours.

marinate paneer, capsicum, onions and tomatoes in seperate bowls


Step 7

When you are ready to grill the marinated paneer and vegetables in the tandoor, arrange them on the skewers. Alternate between paneer pieces, capsicum, onion and tomatoes while arranging them on the skewers.

put the marinated veggies and paneer on skewers


Step 8

When the coals in the tandoor are ready, arrange the skewers in the tandoor.

cooking paneer malai tikka on coals


Step 9

When the marinade on the underside sets, turn the tikkas and baste it with some marinade if you wish. Turn again and continue to cook until the second coat of the marinade is cooked. Cooking the paneer malai tikka takes about 7-8 minutes.

turn over and baste with remaining marinade


Step 10

Remove the skewers from the tandoor and carefully slide the tikkas off the skewers into the plate using a pair of tongs. Serve paneer malai tikka hot with some green chutney and cabbage salad.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Supashri Guha
    August 8, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Brilliant! I really admire how delicately you have balanced the different kinds of flavours in the marinade. I Bet it tastes great.

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you, Supriya for your kind words. Yes, it was terrific. You would love it. Do give it a try.

  • Reply
    Rhishikesh Sharma
    August 11, 2017 at 5:18 am

    this looks so divine! <3

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 11, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    Rashmita
    August 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    simply wow! love d combo of herbs n spices that u hv used

  • Reply
    Neeta Hegde
    September 4, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    sinful and rich…superlike

  • Reply
    sneha chaturwedi
    September 5, 2017 at 8:18 am

    we tried it, (though we dont have a proper tandoor) the flavours turned out so rich!!!!!! awesome!

  • Reply
    Ragini santosh
    September 17, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Such a rich recupe

  • Reply
    Priya verma
    September 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Superb….

  • Reply
    Rohini
    September 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Nice tandoor

  • Reply
    Nirmal
    October 23, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Well after a great 2 hours search i found out this recipe, as i am guessing the same recipe which i did eat in 70 Milestone restaurant of Delhi- Jalandhar highway near murthal, which was delicious and its been 2 years and its still in my mind. I am hoping the same, as i still remember the creamy and cardamom taste in that paneer starter. I am not exactly remembering the name of dish but yes taste is for sure.. Thanks for sharing, will surely share my experience after making this dish.

    • Reply
      Monica
      October 24, 2018 at 6:38 am

      Hello Nirmal. I hope it’s the same recipe so that you can relish that taste all over again. Do share your experience when you try it. 🙂

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