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Recipe: Coconut Paneer Tikka

This delicious coconut paneer tikka is a unique but delicious dish, marinated until it’s loaded with flavour.

This is one of Chetna Makan’s favourite recipes from her new cookbook.

“The coconut paneer tikka – you cannot stop eating it,” she says excitedly. “It is really, really moreish. It’s easy: in 30 minutes you have that big plate of amazing paneer.”#


Chetna Makan’s coconut paneer tikka recipe

(Serves 4)

For the paneer:

200ml natural yogurt
1tbsp tandoori masala
½tsp salt
450g paneer, cut into 2.5cm cubes
2tbsp sunflower oil

For the masala:

2tbsp sunflower oil
1tsp black mustard seeds
1tbsp urad dal
10 fresh curry leaves
2–4 dried red chillies
3 onions, thinly sliced
60g fresh coconut, grated
½tsp ground turmeric
½tsp chilli powder
¼tsp salt

Coconut paneer tikka
Coconut paneer tikka (Nassima Rothacker/PA)


1. For the paneer, mix the yogurt, tandoori masala and salt together in a bowl. Add the paneer cubes and gently turn in the marinade until well coated. Set aside while you start to prepare the masala.

2. Heat the oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds and urad dal and cook over a low heat for a minute. Then add the curry leaves and chillies and cook for a few seconds.

3. Add the onions and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes until lightly golden. Then stir in the coconut and cook for five minutes.

4. Meanwhile, heat the oil for the paneer in another pan, add the marinated paneer with all the excess marinade and cook over a high heat for five minutes, turning halfway through, until lovely and golden all over.

5. Add the cooked paneer to the onions and coconut with the turmeric, chilli powder and salt. Mix well and cook over a medium heat for five minutes, then serve.

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