Hariyali Paneer Tikka The Dish That Every Family Should Have On Their Meal Menu

Hariyali Paneer
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Hariyali paneeris a family favorite, and recipes like this get passed on from generation to generation. What’s impressive about this dish is the fact that you can have it for a snack, as a side, a starter or just for sharing. It is also gluten-free, nut-free and egg-free.  

So, let’s crack on and see how it’s done. Don’t worry, this is super easy to make, and you don’t have to be a master chef to eat delicious home-cooked meals. 

What’s Hariyali Paneer Tikka All About? 

The word “hariyali” is simply greens or greenery in Hindi, and in this dish, the name is perfect since it incorporates a green marinade, which we’ll show you how to make a bit later. 

What’s also great about this hariyari paneer tikkais that if you already know how to make paneer tikka, then this will be easy for you. It shares all the steps and only differs in flavor and aesthetics. They say we eat with our eyes, but that’s what makes food all the more exciting. 

How To Make Hariyali Paneer Tikka

Here’s what you need to make this hariyali paneer recipe.


  • ½ cup of coriander leaves (cilantro or dhania)
  • ½ cup of mint leaves
  • 1 piece of ginger 
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves 
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 half lemon (freshly squeezed)
  • Salt to taste 
  • 3 tablespoons plain yoghurt (Greek)
  • 1.5 teaspoons of kasuri methi 
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ coriander powder 
  • ½ teaspoon garam masla 
  • 1 tablespoon of oil of your choice (in this hariyali tikka paneer we prefer mustard oil)
  • 1 large red onion (using the florets)
  • 1 or 2 green bell peppers 
  • 300 grams of paneer cut in quarters 
  • 1.5 saatu or roast besan


  • Using a blender pour in the garlic, salt, lemon juice, ginger, mint, coriander, chilli
  • Blend the combination into a coarse paste-like texture 
  • Put the blended past in a bowl. 
  • Add the greek yoghurt and mix well
  • Add the oil and mix with a whisk to blend everything smoothly 
  • In this marinade add the green bell peppers (you can use red and yellow too)
  • Also, add the onion florets and combine these 
  • Once the vegetables are nicely covered in the marinate, add some saatu or roast besan (as this acts as an adhesive for the marinade to stick to the paneer) 
  • Allow everything to marinate in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours. 

Note: We like to let it marinate for the maximum time to increase flavor. Still, it should be fine even if you just marinate it for 1 or 2 hours in the refrigerator. 

  • Next, preheat the oven to 233° or 450F
  • Soak some skewers in water for 10 or 30 minutes (water will prevent the skewers from cooking with the food. 
  • Now using the marinated veg and paneer, create layers on the skewers 
  • You can bake the skewers in the oven or do them over a fire or a grill pan on the stove
  • You can rotate your skewers to get all sides heavenly chard 

Hariyali tikka paneer is great as a side or starter to your main meal. You can serve them with some green chutney and some folks also love a sprinkle of chaat masala when serving. 

Nut-Free Egg-Free and Gluten-Free

Everyone has different diets and what might work for us might not suit or work for you. That’s what we love about this hariyali paneer recipe. Since it is also nut-free, egg-free and gluten-free, it caters for many diets. You can also adopt a vegan-friendly version. 

For the vegan-friendly version of hariyali paneer tikka gravytry these adaptations: 

  • Swap out the paneer for very firm tofu
  • Use vegan-friendly yoghurt that is plant-based like almond for instance
  • You could even leave the tofu out and use extra vegetables to roast, keeping the green marinade. 

Nutritional Value Estimates

Calories 248kcal 

Fat 19g

Monounsaturated fat 2g

Saturated fat 10g

Cholesterol 41g

Potassium 215mg

Vitamin A

Vitamin C


Fiber 3g

Carbohydrates 11g

Protein 11g

Sodium 290mg

Calcium 332mg 

Quickfire Tips 

Tip #1 – Using mustard oil adds a deeper flavor dimension than if you for instance used sunflower oil. This is why we recommend mustard oil (although it is not a requirement).

Tip #2 – Soaking the skewer sticks really helps prevent them from burning or cooking along with the rest of the food. 


For how long could we marinate the paneer?

Paneer tikka hariyali marinate has stronger flavors at 2 to 3 hours. Still, if you are short on time, then just 1 hour works too.

What goes well with hariyali paneer?

You can enjoy your hariyali paneer with more coriander leaves and green chutney. You can also sprinkle it with chaat masala just before serving.

Can we tawa fry hariyali paneer instead of grilling it?

Yes, you can tawa fry the paneer instead of using a grill or doing it over fire.

Canwe prepare the hariyali paneer one day prior?

You could probably prepare it a day prior and allow it to marinate overnight. Still, everyone’s preference of flavor might differ and in this case, the longer you marinate it the stronger the flavors.

It’s usually trial and error for any recipe done on the first go. If you haven’t done hariyali paneer, then you can test and see if marinating it overnight is still good when cooking it only the day after.

Conclusion To Making Hariyali Paneer

Hariyali Paneer Tikka is simple, yet tasty and packed with mouthwatering flavors. Paneer also makes a nice addition to finger foods and this is sometimes essential when serving at a function. 

Have you made the delicious hariyali paneer tikka before? Please share your cooking experience with us and any additional tips of your own. We would love to hear from you.