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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.

Spicy Corn On The Cob

31 Jul

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Kalchina Jonna Potthu.

Corn is dehusked and grilled on all sides till dark brown. Grilled corn on the cob is then rubbed with chili powder and grilled again for few more seconds for one last time. It is then rubbed with lemon and served immediately. Also, use a knife to separate the corn kernels and serve in a bowl.
Makes: 1 Spicy Corn On The Cob.

Ingredients:

Corn 1
Lemon 1/2 Piece
Red Chili Powder to taste
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Remove the husk and clean the corn.
Hold the handle and place it on a grill.
Alternatively, place the corn on a stove top with direct flame.
Keep turning the corn until all the kernels change color and are cooked.
It makes a crackling noise while its roasting.
Once done, remove the corn onto a plate, apply red chili powder and salt to the corn with help of a tissue.
Put the seasoned corn on the grill for one last time for couple more seconds to smoke the chili powder a bit.
Remove the corn from the flame and rub the lemon half all over it while lightly squeezing the lemon.
Serve spicy corn on the cob immediately.
Notes: Make sure to cook the corn on medium – low flame.

Suggestions: Roasting the corn on charcoal grill tastes better than one on the gas grill.
Variations: Also add finely chopped herbs once corn is roasted.
Other Names: Spicy Corn On The Cob, Kalchina jonna Potthu, jonna Pottu.