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Baked Vegetarian Kebab Platter | Day 5 of Baking Marathon….

Indian and india-based parties
around the world are incomplete without a Kebab platter. Wiki says “According to Sevan
Nişanyan
, an etymologist of the Turkish language, the
word kebab is derived from the Persian word “kabap” meaning
“fry”. The word was first mentioned in a Turkish script of Kyssa-i
Yusuf in 1377, which is the oldest known source where kebab is
mentioned as a food
.”

Although the term is derived from
the Persian / Turkish word, Kebabs – both veg and non veg are highly popular in
the party circuits. Popularised by the Mughals in both Lucknow / Avadh region
as well as Hyderabad, lots of non vegetarian kebabs like the Shammi kebab, Hara
Bhara Kebab have also been  converted
into a vegetarian equivalent by substituting the meat with succulent vegetarian
ingredients.

Here for Baking Marathon Day 5, I
present a Veg Kebab Platter I made recently for a party. It has Hara Bhara
Kebab, Veg Seekh Kebab and Tandoori Veggies. Long prep time, but totally
worth it when your guests appreciate your efforts.

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Baking Marathon Day 5 : Veg Kebab
Platter

Recipe type : Appetisers

Cuisine : Indian

Spice level : Medium – high.
Serves : 4

Prep time: 60 mins | Bake time : 30
mins (varies from oven to oven)

Serving Suggestions : Green
Chaat Chutney
, Tamarind
Chutney
, Lemon Wedges and Onion rings.

What you need & Method for
Kabab platter:

(A)   Hara Bhara
Kebab:
Although I had made Baked
Hara Bhara Kebab earlier
, this is a new version with slightly different
ingredients.

  • Spinach – 1 cup – blanched
  • Channa Dal – ¼ cup (split Bengal gram)
  • Boiled green peas – ½ cup
  • Grated paneer (cottage cheese) – ½ cup
  • Bread crumbs – ½ cup
  • Dry masala : Chaat masala, Garam Masala, Salt, Red
    chilli powder
  • Oil – to baste
  • Chopped ginger and garlic (optional)
  • Chopped green chillies – 1 tsp (adjust taste)
  • Topping : chopped nuts (I used cashew bits)

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Method:

  1. Soak channa dal in warm water and
    boil till al dente (about 20 mins) with a pinch of turmeric and salt. Drain and
    keep aside. Blanch spinach and drain. Blend with zero water into a smooth
    paste.
  2. In a large bowl, crumble paneer
    with the heel of your palm into a smooth dough, add the salt, ginger, garlic,
    chillies and dry spices, slightly mashed channa dal, slightly mashed up peas,
    spinach puree and bring to a dough kind of consistency adding bread crumbs
    little by little.
  3. Flatten into tikki / patties kind
    of discs, press a chopped nut into each of these, and refreigerate under cling
    wrap for 30 mins.
  4. If deep frying, make a slurry
    (dip) with maida (APF) , a pinch of salt and water and dip these patties into
    the maida batter and deep fry. As I didn’t deep fry, I simply baked these at
    165 / 170 deg C for 12-15 basting them twice with oil till the edges appeared
    crusty.

(B)   Veg Seekh
Kebab

Similar to
the Moong
Dal Seekh Kebab
, simply replace the boiled moong dal with finely chopped
vegetables (like beans, cabbage, carrots, peas). Proceed as usual for the Veg
Seekh Kebab.

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(C)  Tandoori
Vegetables:

You would need:

  • Bell Peppers – 2 nos ( I used coloured)
  • Broccoli / Cauliflower – large florets
  • Onion – 1 large – cut into large thin squares
  • Tomato – 1 no (desseded and cut into squares)
  • Baby potatoes – 8 to 10
  • Baby corn – 4 to 5 nos
  • Mushrooms – 8 to 10 (if using)
  • Paneer – 100 gms – cut into chunks

Marinade:

  • Hung curd – 200 gms
  • Besan – 3 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Dry Tandoori Masala – 3 tsp (I used Everest brand)
  • Kasoori Methi – ½ TBSP crushed
  • Lime juice – 2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Ginger Garlic paste – ½ tsp
  • Green chilly paste – ½ tsp


Method:

  1. Blanch the potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, baby
    corn in salted water for 6-7 mins. Drain and wipe clean of moisture.
  2. Dry roast besan for 1-2 mins till it leaves a nice
    aroma. Cool. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients for the marinade and whisk
    well till the curd isn’t lumpy. Add the veggies for the marinade , mix lightly.
  3. Cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or
    two (can be prepared even 4-6 hours ahead of the event).
  4.  Meanwhile, soak the wooden skewers (if using) in
    water for an hour. Else, thread all the marinated veggies onto the oven
    provided skewers. Preheat oven to 180 Deg C. Grill these oven the racks turning them from
    time to time and basting them with oil or butter to prevent drying. The
    doneness is when the veggies acquire a roasted / grilled texture around the
    edges
  5. Serve them removed from the skewers along with
    Green chutney and Lemon and onion rings

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23 Comments

  1. Varada's Kitchen

    Colorful platter of kebabs. Grilling on skewers gives the food a whole different taste.

  2. Torviewtoronto

    lovely combination of flavours

  3. Suma Gandlur

    Colorful and healthy kebab platter.

  4. MySpicyKitchen

    Colorful kebab platter! I love kebabs, both veg & non veg kebabs. Your veggie version are all tempting.

  5. Colorfu we and healthy platter.. Perfect for party… Would love to gobble some..

  6. Lifewithspices

    Perfect veg platter.. scrumptious starter..

  7. The Pumpkin Farm

    lovely option for starters and loved the combination you have on your platter…you have clubbed way too many recipes in one post…i would have reserved and split them out in 3 to 4 🙂

  8. vaishali sabnani

    Tempting kebabs! And a whole platter! It seems we are in a five stsr hotel relishing this kebab platter. Super!

  9. Priya Suresh

    Feel like inviting myself to your place, thats an irresistible kebab platter.

  10. colorful kebab and loved you intro section

  11. Nalini's Kitchen

    Such an inviting and interesting kebab platter,looks yummy…

  12. That is such an inviting and colorful plate of food. Love those vegetarian seekh kebabs.

  13. Fantastic options Kalyani..enjoyed reading through the dishes..very nicely done!

  14. Love the kebab platter. The grilled veggies are a staple summer time treats for us!!

  15. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Lovely platter and I feel like inciting myself over to eat some 🙂

  16. Gayathri Kumar

    Lovely platter. Drooling at the spread…

  17. What a lovely platter. Me want:)

  18. Sneha's Recipe

    Yummy Kebab platter, your guest must have had feast.

  19. This is a party pleaser for sure! The prep time is totally worth it. I am yet to post kebabs but right now I feel like tasting a few from your platter…

  20. Saraswathi Ganeshan

    Colorful and healthy kebabs!! Pass me some dear..

  21. Wow what a plater so tempting perfect feast, mouthwatering…

  22. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Wow kalyani, seems like you had a nice party!!! That platter is shouting my name, stunning feast!!!

  23. Wow Kalyani your guest must have been very thrilled to see such a array of home grilled kebabs. Lot of hard work but the perfect party pleaser.

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