Monday, April 18, 2011

Tawa - Roasted Paneer Pudina Tikka


Here's an easy appetizer for your guests which can also serve as an evening snack - just make some mint chutney, marinate paneer in it and shallow fry. [I altered my mint - coriander chutney recipe slightly and used it as the marinade. ]

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups mint leaves
2 cups coriander leaves
2 green chillies
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp amchur powder (optional)
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp chaat masala
2 tsp juice of lemon
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp thick curd / greek yogurt
Salt to taste
400g paneer
Oil for roasting

Method:
Chop paneer into 2" pieces. [I like to keep one side thinner for easier roasting].

Blend ingredients 1 to 10 into a smooth paste (without water).
Add thick curd and salt and pulse 3 to 4 times. [The marinade should be spicy and slightly salty, since it has to accommodate the bland paneer].
Pour this marinade into a large bowl. Dip paneer pieces one by one coating each piece with the marinade.
Refrigerate for  half an hour.


Heat oil in a tawa (shallow pan) and spread with a spatula. Place paneer pieces and roast on medium- low heat for a few minutes on each side till they turn golden brown.

Note  : Serve immediately. Otherwise the paneer will harden if it sits out for a long time. If you cannot serve immediately then before serving, microwave the roasted paneer till it becomes hot and soft. The best bet is to refrigerate the marinated paneer till your guests arrive and roast it just before serving so that your guests can enjoy these beauties when they are soft and succulent.


If the pieces are too big, you can cut them diagonally into little triangles and poke a fancy toothpick in each.


A hint of lemon juice on top will add an even better taste to the tikkas.

[Alternatively, you can bake the paneer at 375ºF for 7 to 8 mts on each side. Grilling tastes great too.]

Comments:


16 comments:

  1. looks so inviting and delicious paneer mint tikka !!

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  2. Loved this Pudina Flavored Panner tikka...luks very tempting and delicious....

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  3. Tawa Paneer looks awesome. Great looking preparation dear.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  4. looks fingerlicking yummy!!

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  5. this is just awesome the paneer just melts in your mouth.. You got to try this out !!!

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  6. This would be so great for dinner parties! I never know what to serve up as yummy finger food. Thanks so much!

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  7. Wow! Nice appetizer! It's my fav.

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  8. I too make this..looks super delicious..:)

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  9. slurp, mouthwater here, very addictive paneer tikkas..

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  10. Hey!

    I've been meaning to tell you that I tried your Mint-Spinach pesto pasta at home and it was a hit with my family :)

    Hubby was a bit bored of the red sauce-white sauce pastas i usually make... he loved the refreshing change...

    And my weekend plan is to make some of these yumilicious paneer-mint tikka...

    I dont need to think twice when i pick a recipe from your blog to try back at home coz i knw they will always be great...

    Cheers lady... miss you...

    Love,
    Shra

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  11. yumm, yummm - i make somethg similar; also ur clicks are inviting

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  12. Tempting and deliicous tawa paneer..nice and easy recipe..thanks!

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  13. Flavorful and inviting,great appetizer..

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  14. Bookmarked already, would love to give it a try :)

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