Take the complication out of tandoor dishes with the magic of an air fryer.
When you sit down for a great meal, it’s important to set the tone right, and that means a delicious appetiser. The North Indian staple – Paneer Tikka – is a vegetarian option that’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. With pillowy-soft paneer cubes sandwiched in between capsicum and onions, it's fresh and rich at the same time and slathered in aromatic spices for a hearty and warming starter. It can even be served along with rice or naan for a wholesome main meal. The only drawback of this otherwise versatile dish is that traditionally, tikkas are made in an old-school clay oven called a Tandoor, and for most of us, that isn’t really an option in our modern kitchens.
But in this case, we can use technology to our advantage and whip up a batch of tikkas in around 10 minutes. The secret weapon: an air fryer. These machines have steadily been gaining popularity since 2018 and it's easy to see why. They take all the hassle out of achieving a crispy fried texture without the hassle and clean-up of deep frying. This is perfect for Indian food which often requires tawa frying or baking in a tandoor. This recipe takes all the guesswork out of the perfect Paneer Tikka, so you can enjoy it every day of the week.