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Pineapple stuffed paneer tikka | Grilled Paneer Tikka

Stuffed Paneer Tikka, cubes of paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed with pineapple mixture, marinated in spiced yogurt mix along with cubes of mixed peppers, onions and cherry tomatos, skewered and grilled till brown.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3


Gluten Free, Nut Free

    1 cup = 240ml

      For stuffing

      • ½ teaspoon Oil
      • cup Pineapple finely chopped
      • ¼ teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
      • ¼ teaspoon Chilli Powder
      • ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala
      • Salt a pinch

      For Marinade

      • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
      • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
      • 2 teaspoon Chilli Powder
      • 2 teaspoon Tandoori Masala
      • ½ teaspoon Ginger Garlic paste
      • ½ teaspoon Carom Seeds
      • 1 teaspoon Kasoori Methi (Dry fenugreek leaves) crushed/powdered
      • 1 teaspoon Coriander
      • Lemon Juice ½ lime
      • Salt as required

      Ingredients to marinate and grill

      • 8 Paneer cubes (2inch x 2 inch)
      • ¼ cup Onion cut into cubes
      • cup Mixed Peppers cut into cubes
      • 4 Cherry Tomatoes each cut into half
      • Oil to grease the grill
      • Chaat Masala a pinch


      • Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.
      • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute or until raw aroma vanishes.
      • Now add finely chopped pineapple, chilli powder, garam masala, salt and sauté well.
      • Cook until pineapple softens, it takes around 2-3 minutes and turn off the heat.
      • For marinade, In a wide bowl add yogurt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, tandoori masala, salt, crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves), carom seeds, ginger garlic paste.
      • Squeeze lemon juice and mix until all the spices blends well with yogurt and keep aside.
      • Cut paneer into about 2 inch x 2 inch squares, cut onions and mixed peppers into cubes.
      • Slit the paneer horizontally almost ¾ of the way down to accommodate stuffing.
      • Now place ½ teaspoon of pineapple mixture in the slit of each slice of paneer spreading evenly.
      • Add stuffed paneer, cubes of onions, mixed peppers and cherry tomatoes.
      • Mix gently to coat the paneer and vegetables, let it sit for at least 2 hours.

      1st Method

      • Heat the grill, grease it with oil.
      • Place marinated vegetables and stuffed paneer and grill for 3-4 minutes or until well done.
      • Now carefully flip them and grill other side for 3-4 minutes or until paneer turns light golden and onions are soft.
      • Turn off the heat and remove cooked paneer and vegatables from grill.

      2nd Method

      • Brush skewers with oil and thread onion, pepper, paneer cubes alternatively on skewers and skewers under hot grill for 10-12 minutes or until paneer turns light golden.
      • Sprinkle chaat masala and serve hot and scrumptious stuffed paneer tikka with yogurt and mint sauce or green chutney or sweet tamarind sauce.



      If you do not have oven or grill, use non stick tava. Heat oil on tava and shallow fry skewered paneer and vegetables until well done. 
      Longer the marination, better the taste. Marinate paneer and vegetables for at least 2 hours so that the flavours gets infused in paneer and vegetables. If you plan to prepare tikka, wrap the bowl with cling film and refrigerate to marinate overnight.
      Do not over cook paneer, as they tend to become dry, hard and rubbery. The paneer must be well cooked and soft.
      You may use left over marinade to prepare paneer tikka masala.
      You may add less salt in marinade as the pineapple stuffing has salt in it as well.
      You may use vegetables of your choice like mushrooms, baby corn, broccoli, zucchini.
      Replace greek yogurt with hung yogurt if you have enough time to prepare it.
      Adjust spices as per your preference.
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