Paneer Tikka has always been one dish that I never fail to order when we eat out. In fact, if I remember right I have tried to experience how differently Paneer Tikka tastes in as many different places. Best has been in the ones I have enjoyed in Tandoor, which were really huge pieces yet so succulent, juicy, and soft! In other places, it used to be real spicy and yet soft still.
So I always used to related to soft Paneer Tikkas whenever I eat this. Yet there have been occasions when it was served quite hard. I was delighted that my daughter shared my passion for Paneer Tikkas. And trust me, spicy in Tikkas are not spicy for her. She can easily eat a couple of those real spicy ones, still claim them not being so spicy.
The difference between these two modes was that the Tikkas made in the Combo Mode came out soft and crisp on the top, while the Tikkas in the only Micro Mode, came out a bit harder. Of course, if you ask me, I won't mind either way.
This serves as a delicious starter and a great dish for Kids.
Mix the Paneer cubes along with Onion, Capsicum, Tomato pieces with the marinade and keep it aside for 15 mins.
Then Micro the marinade for 2 mins for the masala to get cooked.
Then using toothpicks, cube the paneer cubes along with tomato, onion and capsicum and micro for 1 - 2 mins in micro mode.
This is done in combo mode, where the same marinade is used and using toothpicks, club the paneer and rest. Preheat the oven to 210 degrees and then in Combo mode using Convection + Microwave mode, cook the Tikkas for 15 mins.
Microwave Paneer Tikka in Microwave Mode:
Paneer - 250 gms
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Corn Flour - 2 tbsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Curds/ Yogurt - 1 cup, hung
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Kesar colour a pinch (opt)
Capsicum - 1/2
Tomatoes - 1
Onions - 2
Method to prepare:
Wash and cube Paneer pieces into 2 inch squares.
Cut Onions, Tomatoes, and capsicum into 2 inch square pieces.
Made a marinade of hung curds, ginger garlic paste, cornflour, garam masala, red chili powder, salt, cumin powder along with oil. Add kesar powder if you are using it. Mix the paneer, onion, tomato, and capsicum into this marinade. Keep it aside for 15 - 20 mins.
In Microwave Mode:
In a microwave safe bowl, cook the marinade for 2 mins.
Then using tooth picks, insert the onions, capsicum, tomato with the paneer in between.
Micro for 1 -2 mins.
Baked Paneer Tikka | Paneer Tikka in Convection Microwave Mode:
Pre Heat the oven at 210 degree, then switch off the oven
Follow the same process of marinade the Tikkas.
In a microwave bowl, micro the marinade for 1-2 mins.
Arrange the Tikkas in a Tooth pick.
Then switch to Combo mode by choosing Conv + Micro Mode, arrange the Tikkas on the tray and cook for 15 to 20 mins.