Tikka (food)

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Paneer tikka served in a restaurant in Mumbai, India.
Course Hors d'oeuvre
Place of origin Indian Subcontinent
Main ingredients Meat, marinade or curry
Cookbook: Tikka  Media: Tikka

Tikka (pronounced [ʈɪkkaː]) is a type of food from the Indian subcontinent, found predominantly in Punjabi cuisine, and usually served as an appetizer. It is also known as teeka or teekka. "Tikka" refers to a piece of meat, such as a cutlet. The popular dish chicken tikka is made of chicken cutlets in a marinade. Vegetarian varieties are also popular. A westernised version, chicken tikka masala, a curry, is a widely popular dish in the United Kingdom. The marinade used in the preparation of chicken tikka is also sometimes called tikka; it is made from a mixture of aromatic spices and yogurt. Paneer prepared in a tandoor is also known as paneer tikka. Tikka prepared with meat is known as Kebab. The major ingredient in vegetarian tikkas is potato. The tikka or kebab is deep fried. Kebabs are a popular dish in Mughlai cuisine.