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Tawa Paneer Tikka – Jain Style | Easy Appetiser recipes

Paneer is loved in most forms at home by the kids. Be it for appetisers or for gravies, kids lap up the paneer dishes that’s made about twice a month. Today’s appetiser was much awaited by the elder one especially, so much so that she volunteered to buy the paneer from the store if it was going to be made that evening. Its a slightly lengthy wait, but totally worth it – that’s the verdict and it sure is going to be on the dish rotation from the list of Paneer dishes already on the blog.

So, lets get cracking and make this Tawa Paneer Tikka. This week will feature 3 dishes made on the Tava (skillet) 

This is for Srivalli’s Kid’s Delight event, guest hosted by Archana, themed on “Cooking on Tawa” for Kids
More Paneer dishes on the blog:

Tawa Paneer Tikka (dry snack) 
Nargisi Kofta Curry (Mock-Egg Gravy)
Shahi Paneer Masala (Side dish for Roti)
Paneer Pudinawale (Paneer in Mint gravy)
Paneer Tikka Manchurian
Matar – Paneer (Peas – Paneer gravy)
Paneer Potato Curry ~ Cottage cheese and Potato curry
Low fat Palak Paneer
Paneer Kulcha (stuffed flatbread)
Paneer Kebab (appetiser)
Paneer Chilli Bites (Appetiser)
Pista Rasabali (a delicious sweet from orissa)
Mini Paneer & Spinach Tarts (Appetiser)
Paneer Manchurian (indo Chinese starter)
Paneer Bharwa Shimla Mirch (Bell peppers stuffed with scrambled and spiced Paneer)
Paneer Gulab Jamun (Indian Dessert with a twist)
Paneer Aloo Paratha
Low Fat Paneer Makhanwala
Raisin and Paneer Pulav
Palak Paneer Parathas (Flat bread stuffed with spinach and Paneer)
Paneer Pav Bhaji
Methi Chaman 



Prep time : 15 mins, Marination time : 45 mins to an hour (minimum), Serves : 3


Fresh Paneer – 300 gms (cut into largish cubes)

Oil – 2 TBSP (divided use)

White Butter /Table butter – 2 tsp


Hung yoghurt – 100 gms

Salt – to taste

Lemon juice – 1/2 T

Coriander and cumin powders, Turmeric, Red chilli powder, Tikka Masala – to taste

Yellow chilli powder – 1/2 tsp (optional but recommended) – divided use

Ginger garlic paste – 1/4 tsp (I didn’t use)

Kasuri Methi – 1/2 tsp

Dry gravy:

Tomato puree – 1 cup (Can use Tomato concasse)

Salt – to taste

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Chopped Bell peppers – 1/4 cup

Onions – 2 TBSP ( I didn’t use)

Coriander leaves – few



In a bowl, add the ingredients of the marination and whisk well. Add the paneer cubes , mix well taking care not to break the cubes. Cover and marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably in the refrigerator.

On a tava / skillet, add 1 tsp of oil + butter , add the marinated paneer and saute them gently till slightly crispy (this will take about 8-9 min on very low flame). Keep them aside.

In the same tava, add the remaining oil and splutter cumin seeds, add the bell peppers and saute them till slightly shriveled yet crunchy. Add the tomato puree, salt, dry spices and saute till oil separates from the gravy and it becomes slightly dry.

Now add the sauteed paneer pieces and let it simmer on the tava till you get a dryish consistency.

Top with chopped coriander leaves.

This can be had as a yummy appetiser or as a side dish with Butter Kulcha / Naan.

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  1. MySpicyKitchen

    Look at all those paneer dishes you have on the blog! This is another good one to the list.

  2. Love tawa masala paneer recipe.. its goes perfect with rumali roti.. awesome flavors.

  3. I guess we can have 100 different paneer dishes, our kids will still it love it more..I like this version of tikka you have Kalyani..very nicely done.

  4. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    What a great recipe this is and I am bookmarking this to try. Paneer is something we all love and I am not surprised that we all have tons of paneer recipes on the blog 🙂

  5. Chef Mireille

    I love paneer in any interpretation – this looks delicious

  6. I agree that paneer is a favorite among kids. I wouldn't mind grabbing the plate off the screen if that was possible 🙂

  7. That is such an inviting and delicious looking paneer dish Kalyani. I know my family will love it.

  8. Love your list of Paneer Recipes. Liked your marination list. This will taste great with nan definitely.

  9. Priya Suresh

    Slurp slurp, i want a plate of this super irresistible paneer tikka rite now, such a delicious version Kalyani. Tempting to the core.

  10. Kids sure know how to get the things done if they need something ASAP!! You have a great repertoire of paneer dishes. Will come back to check on those too as paneer is loved by all at home.

  11. cookingwithsapana

    The tawa paneer tikka looks mouth watering and I am literally drooling over it.

  12. This Jain style Paneer Tikka looks absolutely delicious. The marinade has coated very well.

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