For the final day under BM#48, Say cheese, I had planned to make something with Paneer. However, the dish that I had in mind was not fully developed and time was running short and I simply gave up thinking further on it and decided to make this simple, yet delicious Paneer Tikka. I know I have a couple of versions of Paneer Tikka already, still, I couldn't stop myself from trying this when I read about it at Viji's space.
Paneer in any and all form is loved by my kids. They have liked for just two things, Chocolate, and Paneer. So there is never a no for both of these in any form. Imagine this Tikka was quite spicy, yet they relished it so much and were wanting more. Since as I said my recipe in mind wasn't fully developed, I had to make something quick for the third day. However, I was so tired after the biryani preparation along with this tikka, that I simply had no energy to sit and edit the pictures.
So a day delayed, comes this delicious Paneer Tikka. You can bake it in tandoor, your OTG, or simply pan fried as well. The recipe requires you to marinate the paneer overnight. Knowing me, you know I can never plan so much in advance so all it rested was some 10 mins, by the time I got other things done. Still, I have no complaints as I used homemade paneer and it was so soft.
Paneer cubes - 5-6 (250 gms), cubed into 2” square cubes
For the Marinade
Curds/ Thick yogurt - 3/4 cup
To be ground finely
Onion - 1 small
Green chili - 2 -3
Ginger - 1"
Salt to taste
Red Chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch,
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Kasturi Methi - 1 tsp
Lemon Juice 1 tsp
Mint and Coriander leaves few nos
How to make the Paneer Tikka on Stovetop
Stain the curds to remove the whey. Keep it aside.
Then grind the ingredients listed to a fine paste, mix it with curds and marinate the paneer in the mix overnight in the fridge.
Heat a nonstick pan with butter and add the paneer along with the marinade and cook till all the masala is well cooked and coating the paneer.
If you want to grill, preheat the oven to 180 C, arrange the paneer on a baking tray or in skewers. Grill for 10 - 15 mins till the edges are browned.