Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka
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Grilled marinated cottage cheese chunks skewed onto wooden skewers or toothpicks along with bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. Paneer Tikka is an all-time favorite Indian appetizer. The perfect start to a formal dinner or party, this dish is extremely easy to make at home.

Ingredients

  • Cottage cheese (Paneer)                                              250 gm
  • Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum)                                     1 large
  • Tomato, thick skin cut into pieces                               1 large
  • Onion                                                                        1 large
  • Yogurt                                                                       1 cup
  • Ginger-garlic paste                                                     1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder                                                         1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder                                                       1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder                                                        1/2 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder                                                1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder                                                           1 teaspoon
  • Black salt                                                                   1/2 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice                                                                1 teaspoon
  • Carrom Seeds (Ajwain)                                                1 teaspoon
  • Salt                                                                            1/4 teaspoon
  • Cooking oil                                                                 2 tablespoons
  • Long tooth-picks                                                         15 – 20

Procedure

  1. Combine the yogurt with salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, black salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and ginger garlic paste to a slight flowing consistency and keep aside.
  2. Cut the cottage cheese into bite-sized cubes. Also cut the green bell pepper, onions and thick tomato skin into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Squeeze the lemon in the yogurt mixture and combine. This mixture will serve as the marinade for the cottage cheese cubes.
  4. Immerse the cottage cheese cubes in the marinade and cover all cubes with it evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. After 2 hours, remove the bowl from the refrigerator and uncover it. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  6. Meanwhile, arrange the marinated cottage cheese cubes, diced bell pepper, onion and tomato pieces as colorfully on the long tooth-picks as you can.
  7. Lightly grease a baking dish with oil and place the ready tooth-picks on it. Brush the cottage cheese and veggies lightly with oil too.
  8. Grill the cottage cheese tooth-picks for 10 minutes, remove dish and turn the tooth-picks, grill for 10 minutes on the other side.
  9. When done, bring out the baking dish and place the ready paneer tikka on a serving plate. Serve with onion rings and green chutney!

Preparation Time: 40 minutes (excluding refrigeration time)

Servings: 2 – 3

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