Paneer or cottage cheese is one of the most famous and favourite food ingredient in India. I call it the king of Indian food dishes as it can be easily used any recipe and it can turn a normal recipe to an extraordinary just with its presence.

My younger one is a big fan of paneer and if you ask her choice of food, it will always be a paneer dish especially while dining out. I don’t mind giving her paneer as it is healthy and rich in vitamins and minerals. It is my go-to ingredient when I am out of ideas and you will always find paneer at my home. Although we get fresh paneer outside, I try to make it at home from milk. This way at least I know that it’s safe and free from any preservatives or external additives.

How to make paneer easily at home?

This is a simple method to make fresh paneer at home with milk. Sharing the steps with you.

  • Heat the milk in a saucepan.
  • Bring it to boil.
  • Once it boils, add lemon or vinegar.
  • Reduce the flame and you will see the milk starts curdling immediately.
  • Keep stirring and strain it out once you see the milk is completely curdled.
  • Use a thin straining cloth and squeeze out all water from it.
  • Wash it under cold water to remove all the vinegar or lemon flavour.
  • Now tie it in the same cloth nicely and keep on a flat surface.
  • Place a heavy pot or a pan filled with water to weigh it down for almost 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes or little more than this, (more time you keep it under a heavy object, it’s better) cut into squares and use in any dish you like.

Paneer tikka is a yummy recipe which is favourite in my house. Sometimes you have to cook up things in a hurry when you are out of time. Paneer tikka is my discovery when I had some last minute guests at home and not much time to cook something fancy.


If you have time, you can make it in tandoor or griller. I am sharing a recipe for a pan cooked paneer tikka.

 

 

Instant paneer tikka
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
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Paneer tikka is one of the favorite snack items for an Indian party. Sometimes we get unexpected guests and this is one quick recipe which you can make instantly with simple ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 200 gm paneer
  • Capsicum (Red, yellow and green if possible, otherwise only green is also ok) – Cut into cubes 1 small each
  • Onion – 1 small (cut into squares)
  • For marination -
  • 3 tbsp besan
  • 1 tbsp Curd
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • Turmeric powder – A pinch
  • Garam masala – ¼ tsp
  • Red chilly powder – ½ tsp
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients mentioned for marination.
  2. Add the paneer cubes and vegetables in this marination mixture.
  3. Make sure paneer and vegetables are coated well.
  4. Add them to the skewer alternatively.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and cook the skewers on it.
  6. Make sure you keep it on low flame and turn the skewers around to avoid overcooking.
  7. They cook pretty fast. Serve them hot with coriander or mint chutney.
Notes
You can also use other fruits and vegetables like mushroom, diced pineapple on the skewers. These can be cooked in the same way. It tastes equally good.
If you like it spicier, increase the chili powder and garam masala quantity.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4


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