Lesuni Paneer Tikka

This is a recipe I have taken the liberty to share from one of my favorite cook books. I have made this many times and each time it turns out to be a mouth watering delight.

It uses the tandoor method of cooking and tastes best made on a charcoal grill but if you don’t have one don’t worry, you can still make this in an oven.


250 gm cottage cheese (paneer)

2 teaspoons garlic paste

2 teaspoons tandoori masala (available at any grocer or Indian store)

½ cup drained yogurt or greek style yogurt. To make this hang the yogurt in a muslin cloth till its creamy and all the whey has drained out

3 & ½ teaspoons fresh cream

1 green chili chopped fine

2 teaspoons chopped fresh coriander

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon red chili powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1 & ½ teaspoons garam masala powder

1 teaspoon carom seed powder

1 teaspoon chaat masala

4 teaspoons roasted gram flour

1 teaspoon vinegar

2 teaspoons mustard or any vegetable oil


Mix all the ingredients except the cottage cheese in a bowl and make a masala paste.

Cut the cottage cheese into large cubes. Coat in the marinade an set aside in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
























Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade. Thread on skewers one inch apart

Cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes till golden. If you have a tandoor cook it over moderate heat for 6-8 minutes.

Serve hot with mint chutney and onion rings. This can be made with colocasia or potato too.


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