PANEER TIKKA with YOGURT MINT SAUCE
I happen to love paneer (non melting, unaged, farmer’s cheese).
Growing up, I don’t remember mom cooking much paneer (cheese). It was something that we ate at restaurants.
As a South Indian our diet mostly consisted of rice, lentils, vegetables, and chicken. Paneer/cheese was considered ‘North Indian food’. So when we wanted to eat, we would go out to a restaurant for a treat, and what a nice treat it was.
As my cooking repertoire expanded, I started experimenting everything at home. I sometimes make my own paneer(quite simple) especially when it is for curries. I make paneer almost every week now; my boys can’t get enough of it. When I have to make these for a crowd , I buy it, as it is firmer than the home made ones and much easier.
These paneer skewers are easy to make. They make great appetizers for parties with your favorite dip, use sriracha to climb the roof or the yogurt mint sauce to calm your senses. Just add them to a smooth tomato sauce, and you have a great gravy. They served as a light lunch for my girlfriends and me.
Hope you get to make it sometime. Have a great weekend my friends!
PANEER TIKKA SKEWERS with Yogurt Mint Sauce
For the Paneer:14 oz firm paneer cubed to 1″piecesyellow bell pepper cut to 1″ pieces1/2 cucumber slicedjalapeno pepper sliced(optional)
Marinade:2 tbsp chickpea flour2 tbsp cup thick full fat yogurt2 tsp red chili powder(deggi mirch)1/2 tsp garam masala1 tsp ginger paste1 tsp garlic paste1/2 tsp coriander powder1/2 tsp jeera/cumin powder1/2 tsp chaat masala1 tsp dried meethi leaves crushed1 tsp salt or accordingly2 tbsp white seasame seeds(optional)4 tbsp oil for pan frying
For the Yogurt Mint Sauce:1/2 cup non fat yogurt1 tsp cumin2 tbsp chopped mint1/4 tsp sugar1/4 tsp white pepper powder1/2 tsp salt
1. In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt with all other ingredients for the marinade very well.2. Add the paneer cubes to the marinade and let it sit for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.3. In a large flat saute pan add oil and carefully take off the extra marinade, coat it with some sesame seeds and pan fry the paneer pieces. Cook on both sides. We have chickpea flour in it, so it will form a nice coating and fry up quite well. You could alternatively skewer everything and then pan fry too. But, you will lose the crispy coating that it forms when it is pan fried separately.4. Once everything is fried up, you can dress it up by putting it on a skewer with bell pepper, cucumber and jalapenos or just serve as is.5. Whip all the ingredients for the yogurt mint sauce well and refrigerate until you serve.Serve the skewers on top of a salad, rice, or as an appetizer with the sauce. The yogurt mint sauce works really well as a dressing too.Enjoy!NOTE: The chili powder I’ve used can be found in Indian grocery stores and the color the paneer has,comes from this powder. But you don’t have to use that, you can use any chili powder and vary the amount you use too.Home Made Paneer- Check this Link Here.