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Simple Tandoori Paneer

17 Sep

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Simple Tandoori Paneer Tikka.

Paneer is cubed and the vegetables are chopped into chunks. They are then marinated in the yogurt mixture having spices and herbs. Then the marinated paneer pieces are threaded to the skewers and grilled on high heat for couple of minutes till done. Serve tandoori paneer with mint chutney if desired.
Makes: around 4 Skewers of Simple Tandoori Paneer.

Ingredients:

Paneer 12 (1 inch Cubes)
Yogurt 1 Cup
Red Bell Pepper 1 Small
Green Bell Pepper 1 Small
Onion 1 Small
Grape Tomatoes 4 – 6
Ginger 1 1/2 inch Piece
Garlic 3 Cloves
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
Mint Leaves few Sprigs
Cilantro Few Sprigs
Salt to taste
Oil as required

Method of preparation:

Peel and grate the ginger and garlic.
Wash, remove stems, discard seeds and chop the bell pepper into chunks.
Peel, wash and chop the onion into chunks.
Wash and finely chop mint leaves and cilantro.

If using frozen paneer, soak the paneer in warm water for couple of minutes for it to soften.
Chop the paneer into inch cubes.

For marinade, add yogurt, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, mint leaves and cilantro into a bowl.
Mix well and stir in chopped vegetables and paneer.
Cover and refrigerate the marinade for around 3 hours.

Use 4 – 5 wooden skewers to thread the pieces of the marinated paneer, bell pepper, onion and tomato.
Sprinkle salt and brush the skewers with oil.
Place the skewers on hot flat pan.
Let one side of the pieces turn dark golden brown before turning the skewer on other side.
Repeat on all sides and remove onto a plate.
Serve simple tandoori paneer with roti or as a starter.
Notes: Use a grill on high heat to make these tandoori paneer.

Suggestions: Use regular tomatoes and chop them into chunks discarding the seeds in case you can’t find grape tomatoes. Add few ground green chiles to the marinade for spice.
Variations: You can also add few sprinkles garam masala or chaat masala or cumin powder to the marinade. Use coloring in the marinade for red tandoori color or use few pinches of turmeric instead.
Other Names: Simple Tandoori Paneer.