Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Paneer Shashlik

 A fancy name for paneer kababs! ;-)

Paneer Shashliks - (8 small skewers)
Indian Cottage Cheese Kabobs
16 chunks of Indian cottage cheese/Paneer
1 green bell pepper, cut into 24 squares
1 red bell pepper, cut into 24 squares
1 white or purple onion, peeled, cut into 24 squares

1/2 cup hung yogurt or Greek yogurt, whisked
1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1/8 tsp ajwain/owa/ajmo/carrom seeds
1/2 tbsp tikka masala powder or garam masala
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp paprika
salt if needed (check for salt content in the tikka masala powder)

A pinch of chaat masala
A pinch of amchoor powder

0. Chop bell peppers and onions into squares. Cut paneer into cubes.
1. Whisk the ingredients for the marinade.
2. Soak paneer pieces in the marinade.
3. Set aside for 1 hour in a refrigerator.
4. Preheat oven to 375 F or heat the grill pan.
5. Thread paneer, bell pepper & onion chunks alternately on a wooden bamboo skewer.
6.Baste the veggies and paneer with the marinade. Before grilling or baking, spray oil over the skewers. I used Pam spray.
6. Grill in the oven over a baking tray. or grill using grill pan, turning as necessary.
7. Let it bake for 10 minutes - if using oven.
8. Turn over and bake again for 10 minutes - if using oven.
9. If using grill pan, as I have used above, keep turning till uniform grill marks appear on the paneer chunks.
9. Sprinkle some chaat masala and/or amchoor powder before serving.

Note -
1. Check for salt content in the tikka masala before adding.
2. Adjust your own baking time depending on your requirements.
3. Any other grilling cheese may be used.

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