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Achari Paneer Tikka – Air Fryer Spicy Paneer Tikka

Achari Paneer Tikka – Air Fryer Spicy Paneer Tikka recipe is my preferred way to make paneer! It’s uncomplicated, undemanding, has a great texture, is surprisingly flavorful and delicious. Even paneer skeptics love this recipe. Try it, and you will see!
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3


  • 12 oz paneer (340 gms)  (store bought)

Achari spices


  • 1 tbsp  indian mango pickle, spicy  (just the oil and spices, not the actual mango pieces)
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1/2 tbsp  ginger garlic paste     (either freshly minced in equal quantities or store bought)
  • 1.5 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder  (cayenne pepper)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice  (either freshly squeezed or bottled)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil of choice (divided) (preferably mustard oil)



  • First, gather your ingredients for the pickling spices. Further, dry roast them on medium heat on a pan until they change color and are fragrant. This step should take about 2 minutes. The spices can burn quickly so make sure you monitor them. Furthermore, let them cool. 
  • Then, chop the paneer to 3 to 4 - inch pieces and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl make the marinade with the following ingredientsMango pickle (just the oil and spices, not the actual mango pieces), Greek yogurt, ginger garlic paste   (either freshly minced in equal quantities or store bought), Kashmiri chili powder, red chili powder (cayenne pepper), lemon juice, garam masala, salt, and 1 tbsp oil (preferably mustard). Mix well.
  • Next grind the dry roasted achari spices into a fine powder in a coffee grinder or spice grinder. Additionally, add the ground achari spices to the marinade. Mix well. Finally add the chopped paneer to the marinade. Cover the marinated paneer bowl with a lid and let it sit in the chicken sit in the marinade for 30 minutes. 


  • When you are ready to cook, grease your air fryer basket with oil. I grease mine by rubbing, brushing, or spraying, a little bit of oil on the bottom grate. Then, follow your air fryer directions for preheating to 350°F for 5 minutes. When it’s preheated, working in batches, place the paneer in a single layer.
  • Air fry for 6 minutes, at 370°F. Flip the paneer gently with tongs and drizzle some oil. Air fry for another 3 to 4 minutes depending on how you like it. Remove the paneer from the air fryer and serve.
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