Paneer Tikka

Chop – check
Marinate – check
Grill – check
Eat – check
Eat more??? check 🙂

That is how easy this appetizer is. It is not heavy…lightly flavored yoghurt based marination and mildly spicy with a touch of smoky flavor… yummmm!!! It really is dependent on the flavors that the marinade  is made of – I  tried quite a few paneer tikka recipies but will stick to this one as it is a chef’s recipe giving away tips that makes it restaurant style. This recipe has that smoky flavor to it – that makes me like it in first place and when this recipe promised it…I just had to try it and it did live up to its promise. I found this recipe on YouTube – it’s Chef Harpal Singh’s recipe.

This is what you need:
1/2 cup of yoghurt – whisked
Cottage cheese (Paneer) – about 20-25 (1/4 inch cubes)
1 Green Capsicum – cut into cubes 
1 Medium Onion – cut into cubes
1 teaspoon carom seeds
1 tablespoon gram flour
2 tablespoons Mustard oil
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon chaat masala powder
1 teaspoon lime juice
butter for basting

This is how you make:
– Heat oil in a pan. add carom seeds and add gram flour – roast them till they emit a fragrant smoky aroma (this should be taking a minute or less on medium to low heat). remove from heat and let it cool. Transfer it to a mixing bowl. Add yoghurt and whisk till incorporated in yoghurt.
– Add ginger garlic paste, garam masala powder, lime juice and salt. whisk well to make a batter.
– Add paneer , capsicum and onion to the marinade and set aside for an hour.
– I grilled them over an open Panini griddle on 350* – for a total of 5 minutes .. till they turned light golden – occasionally basting them with butter.
– Once they were done – I arranged them on a fancy wooden picks and sprinkled chaat masala on them and some lime juice.
– Then I served them with a choice of ketchup and some salsa. This actually goes very well with mint chutney (I had no time that day).

My colleague – now one of my very good friends..came home for the first time and finished all of these!!! and went back with this recipe. I love this recipe for more than one reason – the same recipe becomes a main dish, when we prepare onion tomato gravy and add the grilled cottage cheese, capsicum and onion to it…. that will be in the next post… for now enjoy it as an appetizer!

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