Air Fryer Thecha Paneer – Spicy Air Fryer Paneer Tikka

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Marinated with zesty cilantro, serrano peppers, garlic, and Greek yogurt this Air Fryer Thecha Paneer – Spicy air fryer Paneer Tikka just needs a short session in the air fryer. 

In this recipe paneer gets a dramatic lift from the spicy peanut, cilantro and garlic. Thecha is a side dish in Maharashtrian cuisine. I grew up eating thecha and decided to incorporate it in paneer tikka.

air fryer thecha paneer

How do I make Air Fryer Thecha Paneer – Spicy Air Fryer Paneer Tikka?

Step 1: 

Firstly, dry roast raw skinless peanuts on the pan on low – medium heat. Once they start changing color (in about 2 to 5 minutes) and become fragrant remove them in a bowl and set aside. Additionally, make sure they do not burn. You need to watch them while they roast.

roast peanuts

Step 2:

Further, add oil to the pan on low-medium heat. Moreover, let the oil heat up. Next add in cumin seeds, fresh minced garlic and serrano peppers. Let them sauté for a minute until the cumin seeds splutter. Then add cilantro, coconut and sauté for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until the coconut becomes fragrant. Keep stirring. Transfer to the bowl with the peanuts and let the mixture cool down.

add coconut and cilantro for thecha paneer

Step 3:

After the mixture has cooled, place everything in a blender, add salt and blend coarsely.

blend the mix

Step 4:

Moreover, mix the blended mixture with Greek yogurt. Dice the paneer in 2 to 3-inch pieces. Throw the chopped paneer in the marinade. Additionally, let the paneer marinate for 30 minutes.

add mix to prepare thecha paneer

Step 5:

When you are ready to cook, grease the air fryer basket with oil. I grease mine by rubbing, brushing, or spraying, a little bit of oil on the bottom grate. Furthermore, follow your air fryer directions for preheating to 350°F for 5 minutes. Finally, when it’s preheated, working in batches, place the paneer in a single layer.

Set the time and temperature and wait for it to cook. 

What do I serve this Air Fryer Thecha Paneer – Spicy Air Fryer Paneer Tikka?

  • Served as an appetizer with cilantro chutney. 
  • With naan (Indian flat bread) as a part of a meal.
  • Served as a side dish.
  • Also, can also be served in lettuce as a low carb vegetarian wrap.

What is paneer?

Paneer is squeaky, fresh cheese from the Indian subcontinent. It is a vegetarian’s companion and is made by curdling milk with a vegetable-derived acid, for instance lemon juice. It has a milky flavor. You can make paneer at home, however I buy mine from the Indian grocery store. I don’t have the patience to make it at home. There are many recipes online for making homemade paneer. This is the paneer I used for making this spicy paneer tikka recipe. You can buy any brand that you like or prefer.

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Air Fryer Thecha Paneer – Spicy Air Fryer Paneer Tikka

Shilpa
Marinated with a zesty cilantro, serrano peppers, garlic, and Greek yogurt this  Air Fryer Thecha Paneer – Spicy air fryer Paneer Tikka just needs a short session in the air fryer. 
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz paneer (340 gms) (store bought)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup raw peanuts (skinless)
  • 3 tsp oil of choice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds  (jeera)
  • 3/4 tbsp garlic (minced finely)
  • 1/4 cup serrano peppers small (chopped finely) (25 small serrano peppers)
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves fresh (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp dried desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Instructions
 

Prep

  • Chop the cilantro and serrano peppers finely. Mince the garlic cloves.

Cook

  • Dry roast raw skinless peanuts on the pan on low – medium heat. Once they start changing color to light brown (in about 2 to 5 minutes) and become fragrant remove them in a bowl and set aside.
  • Add oil to the pan on low-medium heat. Moreover, let the oil heat up. Next add in cumin seeds, fresh minced garlic and serrano peppers. Let them sauté for a minute until the cumin seeds splutter. Then add cilantro, coconut and sauté for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until the coconut becomes fragrant. Keep stirring. Transfer to the bowl with the peanuts and let the mixture cool down.
  • After the mixture has cooled, place everything in a blender, add salt and blend coarsely.
  • Mix the blended mixture with Greek yogurt. Dice the paneer in 2 to 3-inch pieces. Throw the chopped paneer in the marinade. Additionally, let the paneer marinate for 30 minutes.
  • When you are ready to cook, grease the air fryer basket with oil. I grease mine by rubbing, brushing, or spraying, a little bit of oil on the bottom grate. Furthermore, follow your air fryer directions for preheating to 350°F for 5 minutes. Finally, when it’s preheated, working in batches, place the paneer in a single layer.
  • Air fry at 370°F for 7 minutes.
  • Remove the paneer from the air fryer and serve.
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