Quick Paneer Tikka


Whenever I find a recipe that tastes great and is quick and easy to make , I go for it . My family is crazy for paneer , an Indian cheese , closest in taste to ricotta , but much firmer and left to drain till it forms firmly into a cheese . Typically it is then cut and deep or shallow fried for a crusty exterior and a hot tender inside . The only real change I made to this recipe is the addition of some red food color and I omitted the green peppers , as I prefer the paneer without it .

Serves 4

Photograph by Rahul Mahtani

1 lb paneer ( available from Indian markets )

2 medium green bell peppers , cut into 1 inch pieces

3 tbs oil

1 tsp chaat masala

MARINADE

1/2 cup thickened yoghurt ( I use Greek yoghurt )

1 tsp each ginger and garlic paste

1/2 tsp red chili powder

a pinch of turmeric powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

2 to 3 tbs heavy cream

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

salt to taste  

1/4 tsp red food color ( optional)   

Cut paneer into 1  1/2 inch squares with half inch thickness .

Mix together all the ingredients of the marinade and marinade the paneer cubes in it for about 15 minutes . Heat oil in a saute pan, place in paneer cubes and fry till golden and crisp on the surface . Drain on absorbant paper .

Toss the bell peppers in the remaining marinade and saute them in the remaining oil in the pan for 2 to 3 minutes . Place a pepper piece on each paneer cube and pierce with a toothpick . sprinkle chaat masala and serve hot.

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One Response

  1. I so want to try this. I’m trying to introduce my son to other cultures through food and this recipe looks right up my alley. Thanks for sharing it!

    Kathy
    http://www.KidCulture.wordpress.com

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