Vegetarian BBQ Recipes for Labor Day

Paneer Tikka with Mint Chutney is a definite crowd pleaser and a very popular vegetarian appetizer in both India and other countries. Originally from India, this dish can be now found in the menu of almost all Indian Restaurants within the United States.

This makes for a great dish for your labor day BBQ weekend and is a great healthy addition that also accommodates vegetarians!

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Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka is one of the most famous dishes and for good reason. Try this delicious paneer tikka recipe and impress your family and friends!
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time2 hours 8 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: paneer, paneer bbq, paneer tikka, tikka
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 lb Paneer
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Squash Optional
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1/4 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Shan Tandoori Mix
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 8-10 Wooden Skewers


  • Cut Paneer in 1 inch cubes. Dice Red and Green bell pepper into similar size squares. Slice Squash in thick slices. Quarter one big red onion and separate the layers.
  • In the yogurt mix Shan Tandoori Mix which is easily available in Indian grocery store. To this mixture add lemon juice, Red chilli powder as per your taste. If you do not like lot of heat you may not add this. Taste the mixture. Add salt if needed. Shan Tandoori mix has little salt already added to the mixture. Now in a bowl add this mixture and slowly add Paneer Pieces.
  • Marinate it for about 2 hours.
  • Just before heading for BBQ add the Bell peppers and Red Onion. Arrange Paneer, bell peppers, squash and onion alternatively in water soaked skewers.
  • Grill them for 5-8 minutes rotating in between so that they are cooked properly. Serve hot and enjoy with mint chutney.

Paneer is available in most Indian grocery stores. In US its usually frozen. This recipe works well with frozen paneer but is best with fresh paneer. If time permits prepare it at home. Paneer is same as Cottage Cheese but the only difference is that for this recipe you need blocks rather than crumps.

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Image of a bowl with Mint Chutney for BBQ Paneer Tikka

Mint Chutney

Having a side of chutney to dip your food is a common tradition across India. This chutney is a great addition to any dish that involves tikkas or kebabs!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chutney, kebab chutney, mint, mint chutney, tikka chutney
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 bunch Coriander leaves
  • 3/4 bunch Mint leaves
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch piece of Ginger
  • 6 Green Chilli To taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 Amchur Powder
  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 2 tsp Salt To taste


  • Blend all the ingredients except Yogurt in the blender. Once blended, take it out in a container. Since we have to add yogurt the container should be big. Add yogurt till it is light green in color and you reach the desired consistency. Add salt to taste.

This chutney goes well with all tikkas and kebabs.

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About the Author William Clay

William Clay is a BBQ enthusiast dedicated to sharing his grilling (and overall cooking) expertise with FireFoodChef's readers.