Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tandoori Paneer or Paneer Tikka

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. After the success of Tandoori Soya, my next experiment to try a tandoori style in oven was on Paneer. When I tried this for the first time, I followed the exact recipe as of Tandoori Soya. So I used the regular yoghurt and mixed all the paneer pieces in the marinade. But I felt that unlike soya which absorbed most of the marinade, paneer didn't absorb much of it and the marinade left out water as well. Hence I made the Hung yoghurt this time which can be made so easily at home. Hung yoghurt is very thick and creamy one and best for preparing marination. During my first trial, some of the paneer pieces got stuck to the foil though I had greased well and I am not sure of the reason. So this time I kept the skewers resting on the sides of the tray. 

The final verdict was that Paneer Tikka came out really good. The outside was slight brown n crisp, but inside was very soft. Since paneer is bland, add all the spices according to your preferences. Squeeze some lime juice just before serving, which will make it taste just great !! I made this as an appetizer when few of our friends visited us and served with the lovely Mint chutney.




You need....

2 cups medium size cubed Paneer
1 Onion diced
1 Bell Pepper diced
5 tbsp Yoghurt ( to be made to Hung yoghurt, see below for instructions)

For marination:

1 tsp Chilli powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
1 tsp Lime juice
1 tsp Ginger- Garlic paste
a little Kasoori methi ( rub within hands and add )
Salt

To prepare..

To make Hung yoghurt: Put the yoghurt in a thin clean cloth, tie it tight and hang inside the refrigerator for about an hour. Keep a bowl under it so as to collect all the water drained. After this process, you will get very thick creamy hung yoghurt.

Mix all the ingredients under For marination with  the hung yoghurt to form a smooth paste. Coat each paneer piece with this paste on all sides. Place them on a tray or plate and refrigerate it for a minimum of 3-4 hours. You can leave them overnight as well. 

If there is extra paste left, mix the diced onions and bell pepper together with it. Leave it in the refrigerator. This step is optional. You can use onions and bell pepper without marinating also.

Soak the bamboo skewers in water for atleast an hour so as to prevent burning inside oven.

Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and grease it well. Now very carefully slide in paneer, onion and bell pepper alternately on to each skewer. I kept the skewers vertically resting on the sides of the tray so that paneer won't stick much on the tray.



Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. Slowly turn the skewers and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until paneer gets slight brown.



Serve with some Mint chutney. Squeeze some lemon juice or chaat masala if you desire.






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53 Tasty Comments:

Rasi said...

Looks very very tasty sobha :)

sangee vijay said...

Paneer Tikka looks perfect n tempting...inviting clicks yaar!!

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Yummy Paneer Tikka, perfectly done :)
Nice clicks Sobha..

Kaveri said...

Looks so tempting Sobha, Love these paneer tikkas

maha said...

What a wonderful dish......looks awesome........

jeyashrisuresh said...

my fav starter. U made it perfect and quite tempting too

Hema said...

Excellent Sobha, very tempting..

Rekha shoban said...

colourful tikka!

meena said...

Yummy.. i saw this in one of the food food channel programmes i think chef used non stick pan to cook paneer. i have never made it myself but maybe i would try it. wonderful recipe

Gayathri NG said...

Simply appetizing and love this...

Gayathri NG said...

Simply appetizing and love this...

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

wow super paneer tikka..clicks are awesome

faseela said...

paneer tikka luks awesome dear.....yummy

Mélange said...

Hry,paneer looks terrific and fresh in this way.Perfect and nice presentation as well Shobha.

cookingvarieties said...

hi sohha, am learning more about paneer from you. great tips about putting the sticks on the tray sides, to avoid paneer sticking on the aluminium foil.. very useful.
have a nice day

Shilpakiran said...

one of my fav.. presentation is too good and look so tempting ..thanks for sharing

Kalpana Sareesh said...

beautiful all for me ..

Vimitha Anand said...

All time favorite. Looks perfectly baked.
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Amy said...

looks delicious!!

simran said...

wow!excellent paneer tikka.hung youghurt is a wonderful tip..thanks.:)

La @ FoodSlice said...

Sobha, these pictures are so good i 'd like to grab one from the screen. Beautiful food really.

NiVi said...

perfect tikka !! parcel to me too :)

Kurryleaves said...

looks absolutely delicious....

Now Serving said...

Irresistible clicks! Inviting myself over for this treat!

vineetha said...

Hanging yogurt is a good idea...never tried panner tikka..btw I tried ur avacodo shake and guacomole too,never used to buy avacodo before since it was bland but loved the shake and guacomole too,even thhe picky abhay who doesnt accept new things liked guacomole :) Bought another packet of avacodo this time :)

Anjali Shukla said...

You won't believe but this dish was on my hit list of baking and there you go, inspiring me to take over. The last pic is just too tempting; loved those spicy flavors and bright colors!! :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow looks tempting and yummy

Aarthi said...

This looks totally delicious..

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Square Meals said...

Looks yummy :-)

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Suja Manoj said...

Makes me drool..perfectly done,yummy

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks so yummy, one of my favorite snacks.

Only fish recipes said...

Tandoori pander looks awesome dear...love the clicks !

Julie said...

Very deliciously done,paneer tikka..looks tempting and perfect with mint chutney!!lovely clicks too..

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Kalyani said...

delicious and tempting tandoori ....

Sravs said...

wonderful recipe !! looks delicious !!

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Nalini's Kitchen said...

Perfect tikkas,looks so tempting and delicious dear....

Priya (elaichii) said...

Looks spicy and delish!

deeps recipes said...

Excellent...Our family favorite!!!

radha said...

Restaurant style! Never made it at home. Looks so good

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks so so tempting :) with the green chutney and lemon wedges its mouthwatering!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Very interesting one. Nice recipe. YUM!

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

Wow that looks good :) I would do the soya chunks as I am vegan, but make the paneer for the rest of my family... next time we have a special occasion, I'm gonna make these!Thanks for posting

Lizy said...

very tempting and healthy snack..

Jay said...

very nicely done..appetizing..:)
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Shobha Kamath said...

Wonderful starters! Love the pics too!

Pari said...

Very tasty looking indeed.


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hemalata said...

Delicious snack with mouthwatering presentation.Looks so tempting.

Shree said...

Looks sooo yummm.. :)

Priya dharshini said...

Nice presentation...yummy paneer tikka.

Chandrani said...

Paneer tikka looks yummy.


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Archana said...

Yummy.

Surabhi Nayak said...

Looks colourful.. :) & yummy Yum :)
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