Paneer Tikka and Naan Bites

September 5, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Paneer Tikka and Naan Bites is a different way to serve up paneer tikka. Spicy grilled paneer cubes are served on a bed of spinach and naan. It is a fun way to serve this starter dish at parties or even for a BBQ get together.

Anywhere you go, for dinner parties, weddings, engagements or any social gathering, people tend to fill their stomach with starters. When we were planning for my son and daughter’s weddings, we spent so much time discussing the starters. Based on the starter, the rest of the menu was planned.  For guests to appreciate the meal, the starters have to be the stars, then the rest just falls into place.

Whenever I’m entertaining at home, and if we’re more than 10, I prefer to make starters that are easy to put together. This way I have more time to prepare the main dishes and desserts. If there’s a pot luck or bring a dish along, I usually have to prepare the starters or desserts.

Planning A Dinner/ Lunch/Party

To have a tension free party preparation time, its best to plan. Always, I write down the menu and the ingredients I need so that way I’m not like a headless chicken hunting for ingredients at the last minute. This also gives you the opportunity to change a dish according to the availability of the ingredients.

BBQ in Montreal

Just a few more days were left in Montreal before hubby and I travelled back to Mombasa. My son planned to have a BBQ on Sunday over his small BBQ stove. So much preparation, cleaning the stove, buying the charcoal briquettes, planning what to barbecue. We still had some frozen paneer. Hubby went and bought chicken and tandoor paste. Marinated both overnight and next day we were ready to fire the BBQ stove.

The paneer tikka would have been too much for me so decided to make paneer tikka and naan bites so that while hubby and son were grilling the chicken they could enjoy some biting or starter with their chilled beers. The idea came from a grilled halloumi cheese and pita bread starter I had a few days ago at a Syrian restaurant.

So here’s my easy to make paneer tikka and naan starter. And oh please do ignore the toothpicks I’ve used… a bachelor’s home has limited things and cocktail sticks are definitely not on his shopping list!


Protein Source : paneer, yogurt

By no means am I claiming or supporting any sort of fad diet that are the latest craze in the fitness world. I’m just trying to include non meat non fish dishes from which you can get your protein source. 

My Protein Rich Dishes so far:

1st Day  – Mixed Dal Paddu

2nd Day  – Fruit and Nut Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients Required For Paneer Tikka and Naan Bites

  • Paneer – cut into bite size cubes
  • Naan – ready made or home made
  • Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves – washed and towel dried
  • Tandoori Paste – homemade or store bought
  • Plain Yogurt – must be thick. Can use Greek yogurt.
  • Tomato Paste – should be thick and not runny
  • Fresh Ginger Paste
  • Fresh Garlic Paste
  • Salt – add according to your taste
  • Red Chilli Powder – use according to your taste
  • Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – this chilli powder is mild and adds a natural red colour to the dish. Feel free to use paprika or any mild chilli powder of your choice.
  • Sugar – can use normal white sugar, brown or jaggery.
  • Oil – any vegetable oil.



Paneer Tikka and Naan Bites is a different way to serve up paneer tikka. Spicy grilled paneer cubes are served on a bed of spinach and naan. It is a fun way to serve this starter dish at parties or even for a BBQ get together.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Starter
Cuisine Indian
Servings 36 PIECES


  • 2-3 big naans cut into 36 squares I used ready made naan
  • 400 g paneer or 36 bite size paneer cubes firm
  • 4 tbsp tandoori paste I used ready made
  • 4 tbsp plain thick yogurt
  • 2 tbsp thick tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder or paprika
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 36 spinach leaves or any green salad leaves



  • Cut the paneer into approx 1″ cubes.
  • Mix tandoori paste, yogurt, tomato paste, salt, sugar, ginger, garlic, chilli powders and oil in a bowl.
  • Add the paneer cubes, mix gently till the paneer is coated with the tandoori mixture. Cover the bowl with cling film.
  • Let the paneer marinate overnight in the fridge or for 4-6 hours.


  • Fire up the grill or BBQ stove.
  • Thread the marinated paneer through the skewers.
  • Place it over the BBQ grill.
  • Make sure you keep turning the skewers to prevent the paneer burning up.
  • Brush the remaining marinade over it.
  • As soon as you see that the edges of the paneer begin to turn brown, and the marinade on it appears dry, the paneer tikka is ready.
  • Remove from the fire and using a fork, gently slip it off the skewers.


  • Line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Spread out the paneer cubes along with the marinade onto the prepared tray.
  • Bake the paneer for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes of baking, turn the paneer pieces over.


  • Warm the naan under a broiler or on the BBQ grill for 3-4 minutes.
  • Cut the naan into squares.
  • Make sure the naan squares are about the same size as the paneer cubes.
  • Put a folded spinach leaf on a naan square.
  • Pick up the paneer square with a toothpick and stick it into the spinach and naan.
  • Repeat the above step till all the paneer cubes, spinach and naan pieces have been assembled.
  • Serve as a starter.


  • Feel free to use homemade naan.
  • If you don’t get Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder, use a chilli powder of your choice that adds the natural red colour without it being too hot. Usually tikkas served as street food contain red food colouring.
  • To serve paneer tikka on its own, skewer them with large chunks of onion, sweet pepper and tomato. Brush with marinade and grill all together.
Keyword easy paneer tikka starter, paneer tikka and naan bites

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  • Srivalli

    September 5, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Such an awesome idea and I am sure these serve best as starters for a party! idea..

  • vaishali sabnani

    September 5, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Fantastic concept..I am loving this platter . It looks really good and will make a perfect party pleaser.
    I too dry the curry leaves in MW, just wipe them dry and place individual leaves on a kitchen roll , MW for 40 seconds and they are ready…they do not loose their color at all.

  • Archana Potdar

    September 5, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Wow that's awesome n I love it. Wish I can eat it from the screen.

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    September 5, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Wow.. Love this bite sized appetizers.. This make a great snack and kids will sure love this treat!!

  • Sapana Behl

    September 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    That is an amazing idea to use naan in making those paneer bites. I am a big paneer fan and literally drooling over these cute bites.

  • rajani

    September 5, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Nice to know about your party prep ideas. The recipe and the presentation looks very nice. The paneer looks perfectly grilled.

  • Kalyani

    September 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    great party idea :-)) loved the idea of pairing naan pieces with paneer …

  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    September 5, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Mayuri, that's indeed a great party idea. Starters play a major role in parties and making it protein rich is such a awesome idea. Love those paneer bites.

  • Sowmya :)

    September 5, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    That's a fantastic dish to put together with available ngredients. Paneer looks perfectly done. Kudos

  • Priya Suresh

    September 5, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Omg, i dont mind having these ultimate bites without any fuss. Especially that paneer cubes makes too tempting and alluring.

  • Padmajha PJ

    September 5, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    That is such a crowd-pleaser! They look so tempting and that is really an innovative idea!! Nice share Mayuri.

  • Nalini's Kitchen

    September 6, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Awesome idea and sounds so interesting.Nice party starter.

  • Anlet – Annslittlecorner

    September 6, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Beautiful Appetizers. Simple and handy…

  • Gayathri Kumar

    September 6, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Wow! I can finish off the whole platter. This looks divine. Kudos to you for making such a tempting dish with a few ingredients.

  • preeti gupta

    September 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Wow fantastic idea paneer bite with naan.. awesome bookmarks.

  • Ruchi Indu

    September 19, 2017 at 6:32 am

    awesome idea of a starter and very filling too. You are right, if the problem of starters to be served for a feast is solved; half the feast is ready!!

  • poonampagar

    June 30, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Awesome idea for a lip smacking party starter di !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 2, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Poonam.

  • hem lata srivastava

    May 11, 2021 at 5:35 am

    Such an wonderful ideà for any party , lovely presentation I can feel the crunch and aroma .thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe.
    I would love to try it

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Hem Lata.

  • Super duper kitchen

    May 11, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    5 stars
    What an innovative idea of serving paneer tikka with naan and spinach as bites. Though Paneer tikka is a common one, your idea of presenting it this way is awesome. The pic is stunning that I am craving for it right now. And no doubt that people ask you to make starters and desserts. You are definitely a dessert and smoothie queen.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2021 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much Niranjana.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    May 11, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    5 stars
    Paneer Tikka and Nan Bites is so innovative and a good starter. Addition of naan pieces has given a good twist to the usual paneer tikka.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Preethicuisine

    May 11, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    5 stars
    Paneer tikka and Nan bites look so innovative and Delish. Star attraction of any party .So beautifully presented . Absolutely lip smacking.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    May 12, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    WOW how cute!!! This is an amazing idea to use naan squares to stack with those paneer bites. A beautiful twist to include in a party menu. Innovative share for sure !!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 12, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita.

  • Jolly

    May 12, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    5 stars
    What an interesting and creative idea of serving paneer tikka with naan as bites. This is is a perfect party snacks idea. We used to eat this way in parties or marriages but never thought of serving as a house party too. Great idea!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 12, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you Jolly.

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