Sunday, 18 December 2011

Paneer tikka(griddle roast)

Paneer tikka( crispy marinated cottage cheese)is a very special vegetarian savory . Usually it is prepared on a barbecue or a grill but here i had made it on a tawa. Try this simple and easy to make snack, which one can have for main course meal too!!!!
Picture presentation taken from (This recipe has been explained nicely along with pictures in this site) 

This preparation is for 4 person
250 grams cottage cheese(paneer)
1 medium green capsicum
1 medium onion
1 medium salad tomato
For marinade:
1 cup yogurt(hung curd)
1 teaspoon kasuri methi(dry fenugreek leaves)
1 teaspoon chaat masala
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder(jeera powder)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt according to taste
Butter/ghee for roasting
Other items:
wooden sticks/skewers
Cut paneer and the vegetables in equal and diced shape
Vegetables and paneer 
Prepare marination:
In a bowl take the hung curd(tie the normal curd in a muslin cloth for about an hour to drain the water out of the curd).
Hung curd
Add all the spices and other ingredients of marinade into the hung curd and mix well.
Spices and herbs for marinade
Add all the vegetables and paneer into this curd mixture and blend well so that each vegetable and paneer piece is coated with it.
Marinated vegetables and paneer
Refrigerate these marinaded vegetables for half an hour.
Place these vegetables and paneer on the wooden skewer in an uniform arrangement(first capsicum,then
onion,then tomato and paneer, reverse the arrangement till the top of the skewer). Prepare 4-5 sticks like this.
Vegetables and paneer skewed on a wooden stick
Heat the tawa(griddle), put little ghee/butter on it and place each stick on this heated tawa . Let the vegetables and paneer roast from each side, rotate the sticks when done from one side.
Roasting paneer tikka on a tawa

Serve paneer tikka with onion rings, sliced cucumber and special curd and coriander chutney(recipe will be posted soon).!!!
Optional notes:
One can also add a teaspoon of Green chutney to the marinade to make the tikka more tangy and tasty.
One can make this tikka in conviction mode of microwave(at 190 degree for 15-20 minutes) or in the grill mode of a common oven( 200 degree for 10 minutes).

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