Paneer Tikka Kebabs

I love Paneer Tikka kebab. I am yet to find a place in the bay that does taste of home. It is a widely popular vegetarian alternative to the chicken tikka kebab  that you get at your local Indian Restaurants. It is usually cooked in a Tandoor (clay oven) in most restaurants which adds the smoky flavor, but at home you can use your grill, griddle or a normal cooking range oven.

Total Time: 2 hour 30 min

Ingredients:

250-300 grams of Paneer (Cottage Cheese) (cut into square 1 inch pieces )

1 Medium size Onion (cut in 1 inch pieces)

1 Tomato (optional)

1 Bell Pepper (You can use two if you choose to skip Tomato )

2 tablespoon. Ginger Garlic Paste

1 cup hung yogurt

or [If you are on short of time you can use 1 tablespoon Corn Flour + 2 tablespoon Gram Flour/Besan]

2 tablespoon Lime Juice

1 tablespoon Red Chili Powder (Kashmiri preferred)

2 tablespoon Tandoori Masala

Salt to Taste

Olive Oil

Bamboo Skewers

For Hung Yogurt:

Hang the yogurt in a muslin cloth and the liquid drain completely. Usually recommended to leave over night or at least a minimum  of 4 hours.

For Bamboo Skewers:

Drop the skewers in water for about 15-20 min. This is to avoid the skewers from burning when placed in the oven.

For the Marinade:

1. Add the hung yogurt or Corn+Gram Flour alternative into a bowl.

2. Add 1/2 tablespoon Salt

3. Add 1 tablespoon Red Chili Powder

4. Add 2 tablespoon Tandoori Masala

5. Add 2 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste

6. Add 2 tablespoon Lime Juice

7. Add 3 tablespoon Olive Oil

8. 100-150 ml water

Mix all the above ingredients well,  it should become a smooth paste.

9. Add Paneer into the paste and mix it gently until all the paneer cubes are covered with the paste.

10. Lastly Add the Onion, Bell Peppers and Tomato to the paste and mix it with Paneer.

Once you you have completed the Marinate process, put the bowl into the refrigerator and let it marinate for about 2 hours.

Cooking the Skewers:

1. Pre-heat the oven to about 425 º F .

2. Skewer the veggies and Paneer in a skewer

3. Arrange the skewers on rack and brush them with oil or butter and place it in the oven for 10 min.

4. Remove from the oven and the turn the skewers and oil again and place in the oven for 5 min.

5. If you wan the burnt flavor you can custom broil 5 min on each side based on your oven settings .

Serving Style:

You can eat the Paneer Tikka with a Naan/Paratha

OR  I prefer serving them as appetizers, best served with mint chutney

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