Paneer Fajitas

Today, I made a Mexican inspired appetizer, Paneer fajita (fah-he-tah) which is very simple and tasty – just marinate, grill and eat! With the onset of summer, these fajitas make a great appetizer for barbecues or an evening tiffin for our kids, a great way to get them eat vegetables and remember, its a healthy snack. The best part of fajitas is they can be made with practically anything, vegetables, meat, chicken and seafood. I love that!-:)

The traditional method of preparing the fajitas is by grilling them, but they can also be pan fried and if using meat, oven broiling works (meat requires more marinating time than vegs and paneer). Its the marinade which holds the key to a good fajita. Vinegar or lemon juice is a must to lend a sour flavor. As told by a chef friend who used to work at a multi cuisine food joint – “experiment with anything which has a sour flavor like orange juice or even a coke”. Well, I haven’t got that creative yet.:).

I’d love to learn more about marinades for fajitas if you’d like to share. Tried and tested recipes of fajitas (veg/non-veg) are also welcome..:).

Paneer Fajitas Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 15 mts, marinate time: 30 mts

Makes approx 15-20 fajitas

Cuisine: Mexican inspired



1/4 kg paneer, squares

juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp olive oil

salt to taste

2 tbsps red chilli flakes

1 tsp mustard pwd

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)

pinch of cumin pwd

2 tbsps sesame seeds

1/2 tsp dried parsley

For salad:

1 onion, finely sliced

1 capsicum, finely sliced

1 tomato, finely sliced

fistful boiled green peas

fistful boiled sweet corn

a small cup of finely sliced cabbage

fresh parsley for garnish

salt to taste

pepper to season

1 tsp lemon juice (optional)

1 Marinate the paneer squares with lemon juice, olive oil, worchestshire sauce, cumin pwd, mustard pwd and dry parsley and salt for 30 mts.

2 Combine sesame seeds and chilli flakes in a small bowl. Coat both the sides of the paneer in this and place them on a greased baking tray or a grill.
3 Grill the paneer in a pre-heated oven for 10 mts, till the paneer attains a light brown shade.
4 Saute the vegetables for salad, season with salt, arrange on a serving plate, sprinkle some parsley on top and place the grilled paneer fajitas on the salad. Serve hot with salsa.


Do visit this website for more information on Mexican recipes and cooking classes. The above recipe was originally prepared by Manju Sethia who also designed the taco maker.

I, in turn, learnt it from one of her student, Alka.

Paneer Fajitas

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  paneer


  • asha

    We love Fajitas, my husband always orders that in the restaurants. The usual or most popular spice to add to this is called Menudo mix. May be I will do a Chicken Fajita once and post it.
    Paneer Fajitas are unique indeed, Indian style, looks great!:))

    We dont get the ready made mix here in Vizag. Have to make do with the available ingredients..:). Do post the Chicken Fajita recipe, Asha.

  • Meena

    Sailu, Fajitas are usually reffered to a dish wherin tortillas are filled grilled veggies/meat along with salsa, sour cream and few other seasonings. What you have here is not the fajita itself, bt a delicious looking filling for it. Can’t wait to try! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Meena, I served them with salsa and corn chips. I guess, I should have mentioned that in my post. I mentioned its a Mexican inspired dish..:) and what with so much fusion in the world cuisine. I’ll prepare with tortillas this time around. Thanks for your inputs, Meena.

  • Mishmash!

    Sailaja, My husbad just orders chicken fajita when we go to a mexican restaurant…he loves ’em and paneer fajitas are quite unique. U re lucky to have a mex chef as a friend ๐Ÿ™‚


    Know what, Shn, I have 3 friends who happen to be chefs..:).

  • deepak

    lol ok…paneer fajitas…that has GOT to be the most creative thing i’ve seen!

    indian recipes

  • Supriya

    Have you tried the 59cents fajita seasoning packet? that works great.Adn you can use veggies like mushrooms,onions,peppers(red,green) ,some tomatoes and chunks of carrots

  • Supriya

    sorry, i didnt know you were not in the US. I notice your recipe does not ask for any tortillas or chaaptis. A fajita consists of grilled meat or veggies on flour or corn tortillas with condiments like sour cream,salsa and guacomole. what you have here is more like paneer tikka and not fajita. read more

    Supriya, this is a mex inspired appetizer and I tried it out with paneer and the marinade is similar to a typical fajita marinade. I served this with corn chips and salsa.

  • swapna

    Hi Sailu
    i never heard of this dish.thanks for giving awareness to me.:-D
    this is very simple and easy to make.looking tasty!!will try this sometime.

  • Paz

    Awesome! I love this!


  • indosungod

    Sailu, grilled Paneer looks really tempting with all those sesame seeds.

  • viji

    Look so great sailu. And that too less oil. A nice snack. Viji

  • Menu Today

    Hi Sailu,
    Healthy snack for all ages. Thanks for sharing.

  • pelicano

    I just wanted to say these look truly inspirational! How very creative this fusion looks!
    Yes, fajitas are served in/with corn/maize tortillas or wheat tortillas….but wheat tortillas are very much like chappati, as they are a flatbread made in a very similar way…i think dosas would work well too ๐Ÿ™‚ and then a few dollops of a chile sauce or chutney on the side and it’s a party I would not miss! Great post!

    Pelicano, the dosa wrap is a great idea..:)

  • Padmaja

    looks amazing sailu!!!!
    have to make this imme!!
    yum yum!!!!!

  • sharmi

    Hi Sailu,
    Yesterday I wanted to comment despirately on the Recipe but had some challenges with my laptop.
    I thought of trying this recipe today, hmmm delicious!!


  • sandeepa

    Hey lost my comment:(

    Sailaja I have always had my fajitas as griled chicken served on a flour tortilla. This one sure sounds interesting and what with the sesame seeds coating the paneer looks good too

    I would love to try out grilled chicken fajitas. Must look out for a good recipe..:)

  • sudhav

    Sailu, i just saw the picture of your soya chunks vegpulav in the bawarchi site take a look at it..
    hope ur aware of it.

    I am aware of it, Sudha and thanks for informing me. Appreciate you taking the time to email me too.:)

  • Arjuna

    Beautiful pictures Sailaja!

  • Linda

    Now that is what I call fusion cooking! Looks totally fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

  • prema

    Hi Sailu,
    Fajitas look a bit different but I bet this would have been a wonderful appetizer .. thanks for a new recipe.

  • Surya

    Nice recipe sailu.didn’t try fajitas before.Planning to start with this wonderful recipe.Thanks

  • Jyothsna

    I do like this recipe, seems to be a delectable appetizer.:)

  • Mrs.srishanth

    hai sailu, its a nice collection, its a very good collection and excellent photography. pls post more authentic andhra vantakalu.

  • Emily

    I’m American, and my husband is Indian, so I was poking around on your site for some fresh dinner ideas when I came across your gorgeous photos!
    I’m a vegetarian, he is not (go figure!), and we both love Mexican food, so this is perfect! This recipe looks amazing, and I happen to have everything in my refrigerator to make this tonight. Thanks for sharing such a creative and inspired recipe.

  • gayathri

    hi sailu

    can i bake or broil this( i dont have grill)?

    thanks in advance

  • pinky

    Hi sailu
    Can we do this in closed griddle??

    I have never tried. I think you can cook it in a closed griddle. Try it and do let me know how it turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • shaikhmohammed

    sailuji, i must appreciate u effort and candidly ur acceptance for differences between tikka and fajita. This is ur fusion sort of item inspired by the mexican chef. well done and u definitely deserve appreciation. thanks.

  • NP

    Hello, you may not know, but for your vegetarian readers especially. Worcestshire Sauce has anchovies (fish) in it. It is not vegetarian friendly.

    • Swathi

      Thank you so much for letting us know, I know to avoid it now !!

  • viji

    when you grill paneer, don’t they get hard ?

  • Laura S.

    Hello! Can’t remember how I found your site, but made the butter paneer and YUM!! So good! Back for more recipes, and had to check out paneer fajita because it is such an unusual fusion. Looking forward to trying this!

    In school, my friends and I had a favorite marinade for a traditional fajita, if you like:
    4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
    1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
    2 tsp salt
    1tsp chili powder
    1/2 tsp dried red pepper (or fresh hot pepper)
    1/2 cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
    lots of chopped fresh cilantro (coriander leaves)

    Use this to marinate chicken at least 2 hours, meat at least 4. Grill or broil. Use extra marinade to stir fry vegetables-peppers, onions, or anything else!

  • Nicole

    Hi there, I made this recipe last night and it was absolutely delicious. Thank you for the idea!

    A few comments:

    * I replaced parsley with fresh coriander for an authentic Mexican flavour
    * I used three colours of peppers (green, red and yellow) plus a spanish onion (purple) for the salad which made it very colourful
    * Next time, I may also add some zucchini/courgette
    * For a healthier option, I used natural yoghurt instead of sour cream for the fajitas.

    I’ll definitely be making this again. Nic. x