Dairy Free Paneer Tikka Skewers

December 20, 2019 S Malik 6 Comments

Dairy Free Paneer Tikka Skewers

Almost 12 years ago when my kids were first diagnosed with food allergies, dairy free milk was a very uncommon thing much less dairy free cheese. But thanks to a lot of allergy friendly brands, we now have a variety of plant based cheeses available on the market today and that opens up so much possibilities of making traditional cheese based foods - dairy free, exciting! and that is how this recipe came about.

Dairy Free Paneer Tikka Skewers are easy to make, delicious and vegan. Here I have baked them, but you can grill too. I used cheese sticks but you can use a cheese block and cut it up into cubes. Mozarrella style is preferred or any white dairy free cheese. I used mini bamboo skewers to thread the cheese but be careful of the thickness of the skewers as the cheese might break if the skewers are too thick or maybe cut them into bigger cubes then the ones shown in the recipe.

Paneer is the most common form of cheese used in the Indian subcontinent. It is fresh, soft, white and does not melt easily. It is similar to cottage cheese the only difference is cottage cheese is salted while paneer is unsalted. It also does not require any aging. The process is quite easy so you can make it at home. It is made by curdling milk with lemon juice or vinegar. Paneer is used as a meat alternative for a variety vegeterian dishes quite alot in the subcontinent. One of those recipes is a Paneer Tikka.

Tikka is small cubed pieces of meat such as chicken, beef lamb or even the above mentioned paneer for vegetarian version. These pieces are marinated in spices, threaded on to metal skewers and then grilled.

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  • 02:46
  • Serves: 4
  • Easy


Adjust Servings:
2 packets dairy free cheese sticks or 1 cheese block
1 teaspoon ginger/garlic paste
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon tandoori masala powder
1/2 teaspoon chat masala powder
3 tablespoons lemon juice
turmeric powder - a pinch
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 chopped capsicum (assorted colors) each, or as required
1 red onion, chopped or as required

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20 sec
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Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
2 hrs
Dairy Free daiya Mozerella style cheese sticks in a packagethe cheese sticks cut into cubesmarinate the cheese cubes in spices for 2 hours
Cut up the dairy free cheese into cubes. Place in a bowl and mix with the rest of the marination ingredients. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Marinate 2 hours or overnight.
1 min
When ready to cook, heat the oven to 350 o F.
10 mins
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variety of different colored peppers and red onion cut into cubes
Gently rub the vegetables under cold running water. Then cut up the vegetables into cubes. (See cook's note for other other options)
10 mins
Take a mini bamboo skewer and thread a cheese cube, then a piece of onion, then a capsicum(each color) then repeat with a cheese cube followed by vegetables. Each skewer should have at least 2 of each - cheese cube, onion and capsicum.
25 mins
the cheese and vegetables are threaded onto mini bamboo skewers
Place the skewers on the baking tray or oven safe platter. Now place in the oven to cook for 25 minutes or until the skewers are golden. Turn the skewers every 8/10 minutes. Brush with oil to keep them moist. Once done take out of the oven and serve hot. (See cook's note for other cooking options)
20 sec
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Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Cook Notes

  • Vegetables Substitution: use your favorite veggies.
  • Spice Level: adjust the chilli pepper and tandoori powder quantity to your taste.
  • Baking Alternative: grill the skewers instead
  • (do make sure you use appropriate skewers to avoid them burning)

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  1. I have made Paneer before but never dairy free. This recipe is fantastic! I love how healthy the skewers look and I bet they taste fantastic!! Cheers

  2. I love paneer. Such a delicious texture.

  3. These paneer tikka skewers look awesome and I have been looking for a few new things to add to the menu. Ths is one of them we will be making this week. I'm super excited! Bookmarking this recipe.

  4. This reminds me of the paneer tikka I tried in Kolkata when I went to visit an old university friend in time for her wedding :)

  5. These look delicious and so much fun. I know the kids will love them!

  6. I love that you made these dairy free! They look delicious. Thanks for sharing!