Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hot Off the Grill

I love paneer! For those who have never tried paneer – it’s soft Indian cheese you must try. And here’s a great paneer recipe that never fails you. No matter how you change it up, it’s bound to taste good (unless you put too much salt, or not enough spices, or burn the paneer – Okay, I see how you can mess it up :D). The original recipe was in one of Sanjeev Kapoor’s (a celebrity Chef from India) cookbooks. I have given this recipe many variations and this is the easiest way to make it.   

Paneer Tikka


Green & Red Bell Peppers
Ginger-Garlic Paste
Cumin-Coriander Powder
Red chili powder
Chaat masala
Fennel Seed powder
Lemon juice
  • Cut paneer into one inch thick cubes.
  • Cut the bell peppers and onions in bite size pieces.
  • Mix the ginger-garlic paste, the spices and salt with yogurt. Grilling mellows down the flavors, so add just a bit extra than you usually would.
  • The star ingredient in this recipe, which I haven’t changed from the original one, is the fennel seeds powder. Grind roasted fennel seeds into a fine powder and mix with the yogurt-spices marinate. The fennel seeds powder gives a very refreshing sweet, toasty taste. 
  • Marinate the paneer cubes and the veggies for an hour or so.
  • Put the veggies and paneer alternating on a skewer and grill until nice and brown. 
  • Sprinkle some lemon juice when just off the grill. 
All I can say as the closing line: Oh-So-Yum!

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