Paneer Tikka

 Weekend is the best time to try new variety food... After blogging for a while ,  I always prefer to do a variation in my cooking. Morever I wanted to treat 2 big boys - H & his friend yesterday who helped me doing quite a bit of chopping of vegetables for the week. With mylil one around , it is fairly getting difficult to chop vege's finely on a day to day basis... So this was our first trial week for chopping in advance.

We picked up  farm fresh peppers from the market on the Kingston High Street.. Cant believe he sold me 13 peppers for a 1£  when any other popular grocer like Tesco, ASDA sold them for 60p each. Wot better treat could be rather than PANEER TIKKA full packed with Paneer( Indian Cottage Cheese) and Peppers.

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INGREDIENTS:
Paneer: 250 gms chopped into 1" square. Got 16 pieces.
Green Pepper: 1 medium sized chopped into 1" square
Red Pepper: 1 medium sized chopped into 1" square
Yellow Pepper: 1 medium sized chopped into 1" square
Onion: 1 medium sized chopped into 1" square

FOR MARINATION :

Low Fat Yogurt: 1 Cup
Turmeric: 1/4 Tsp
Red Chilli Powder: 1 Tsp
Cumin(Jeera) Powder: 1 Tsp
Coriander Powder: 1 Tsp
Dry mango powder (amchur): 3/4 Tsp
Salt: To Taste
Black Salt: 1 Pinch
Pepper Powder:1/2 Tsp
Fresh Ginger Garlic Paste:2-2.5 Tsp
Corn Flour: 1 Tsp

FOR SETTING THE PLATTER
Onion Rings: 3 pieces
Lemon Slice: 1

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DIRECTIONS:

  • Prepare a marinade by combining all the  marination ingredients above .
  • Drop the Paneer Squares and the vegetable Squares separately in the marinade and keep them aside for 30 minutes.
  • Take a wooden skewer, thread them with Paneer and alternative vegetables.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C, place the skewers on a greased tray or on a rack and grill them for 12-15 minutes or till golden from all sides.
  • Serve hot with with Green Chutney n Tomato Ketchup. Arrange the platter with onion rings , lemon wedges and with a drizzle of lemon juice over the Tikka.
KITCHEN NOTES :
  • I am sure many of us must be on my plight when started baking .I did not know what a skewer is . I used to use a fork to check if my baking is done properly.Later I realised after window shopping that A skewer is a wooden stick.
  • For Paneer Tikka ,we need to place them between 2 edges of a baking tray so that it doesnt touch the bottom of the tray & stick. Always greese the tray on which we place the skewer coz the marination tends to leek and will blacken.
  • Before compiling the final recipe for Paneer Tikka , I browsed quite a lot of websites, blogs and came to the final understanding that,
    • We can deep fry the marinated Paneer Tikka .Place these skewers in the heated pan and cook till golden on all sides.
    • Alternatively we can also do it in a conventional microwave oven by cooking in high power for 15 minutes. Checking the progress in between.
    • Most popular method is the grill it oven for 15 minutes.



Cheers

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