Paneer tikka

Paneer tikka

Paneer tikka, as served in a restaurant in Goa, India.
Course Starter
Place of origin India
Region or state North India
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Paneer, spices
Variations Paneer tikka masala
Cookbook: Paneer tikka  Media: Paneer tikka

Paneer tikka is an Indian dish made from chunks of paneer marinated in spices and grilled in a tandoor.[1][2] It is a vegetarian alternative to chicken tikka and other meat dishes.[3][4][5] It is a popular dish that is widely available in India and countries with an Indian diaspora.[6][7]


Chunks of paneer, a type of fresh cheese, are marinated in spices and are then arranged on a stick with capsicums, onions and tomatoes. These sticks are grilled in a tandoor and the dish is thereafter served hot, seasoned with lemon juice and chaat masala.[8] It is sometimes accompanied by salad or mint chutney.[9] Tikka dishes traditionally go well with mint chutney.[10] The paneer, though tender, has a crisp singe on the surface.[11]


When paneer tikka is served with a gravy, it is called paneer tikka masala.[12] It is also served as with a wrap, paneer tikka roll, where the paneer tikka is wrapped into an Indian bread and served.[1][13] A variant of paneer tikka is also made as a kebab.[14]

Over the years, there have been several variations, such as Kashmiri paneer tikka, where the paneer is stuffed with chopped almonds and grilled,[15] a variety of Chinese food, paneer tikka masala chow mein,[16] and dosa stuffed with paneer tikka.[17]

International fast food chains in India have also incorporated paneer tikka into their menus, such as Pizza Hut and Domino's which offer a paneer tikka topping on their pizzas,[18][19] whereas Subway offers a paneer tikka sandwich[20] and McDonald's has a paneer tikka wrap on its menu.[21] ITC's Bingo brand of potato chips has experimented with a paneer tikka flavour of chips.[22] Prior to that, in 2003, Nestle's Maggi experimented with a ready to cook variety of paneer tikka.[23] Other companies also offer spice mixes and ready-to-eat variants of paneer tikka.[24]

See also


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  18. "Punjabi by platter!". The Times of India. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  19. Bhatia, S.C. (2008). Retail Management. Atlantic Publishers & Dist. p. 287. ISBN 8126909811.
  20. "Subway plans 12 outlets by March". The Economic Times. 15 December 2002. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  21. "McCain Wins Fans in India". Bloomberg Businessweek. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  22. "'Bingo!' ITC has finally got it". 1 May 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  23. Jaydeep Mukherjee, Kanwal Nayan Kapil (2011). Case Studies in Marketing. Pearson Education India. p. 46. ISBN 8131756335.
  24. "Norwegian company Orkla acquires 100% of Rasoi Magic through MTR Foods". 4 May 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
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