Sure, here’s a simple and delicious recipe for Paneer Tikka:
For the marinade:
- 250g paneer (Indian cottage cheese), cut into cubes
- 1 cup thick yogurt (hung curd)
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Salt to taste
For the vegetables (optional, you can use any of your choice):
- 1 large onion, cut into rings
- 1 large bell pepper (capsicum), cut into cubes
- 1 medium-sized tomato, cut into wedges
For the skewers:
- Wooden or metal skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before using)
- Lemon wedges
- Fresh coriander leaves
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade – yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, vegetable oil, and salt. Mix everything well.
- Add the paneer cubes to the marinade and coat them evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and let it marinate for at least 1-2 hours in the refrigerator. The longer you marinate, the better the flavors will infuse into the paneer.
- If you are using vegetables, you can marinate them separately with a little bit of the prepared marinade.
- Preheat your grill or oven to 200°C (392°F). If you’re using an oven, you can also preheat it to the broil setting.
- Thread the marinated paneer cubes and vegetables onto the skewers alternately.
- Place the skewers on the grill or in the oven on a baking tray lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Cook the paneer tikka for about 15-20 minutes or until the paneer is lightly charred and cooked through. If using the oven, you can also broil for the last couple of minutes to get a slightly crispy texture on the edges.
- Once done, remove the skewers from the heat and serve hot.
- Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh coriander leaves.
Paneer tikka is best served hot as an appetizer or as a side dish with some green chutney and salad. Enjoy your delicious Paneer Tikka!