Paneer is loved in most forms at home by the kids. Be it for appetisers or for gravies, kids lap up the paneer dishes that’s made about twice a month. Today’s appetiser was much awaited by the elder one especially, so much so that she volunteered to buy the paneer from the store if it was going to be made that evening. Its a slightly lengthy wait, but totally worth it – that’s the verdict and it sure is going to be on the dish rotation from the list of Paneer dishes already on the blog.
So, lets get cracking and make this Tawa Paneer Tikka. This week will feature 3 dishes made on the Tava (skillet)
Tawa Paneer Tikka (dry snack)
Nargisi Kofta Curry (Mock-Egg Gravy)
Shahi Paneer Masala (Side dish for Roti)
Paneer Pudinawale (Paneer in Mint gravy)
Paneer Tikka Manchurian
Matar – Paneer (Peas – Paneer gravy)
Paneer Potato Curry ~ Cottage cheese and Potato curry
Low fat Palak Paneer
Paneer Kulcha (stuffed flatbread)
Paneer Kebab (appetiser)
Paneer Chilli Bites (Appetiser)
Pista Rasabali (a delicious sweet from orissa)
Mini Paneer & Spinach Tarts (Appetiser)
Paneer Manchurian (indo Chinese starter)
Paneer Bharwa Shimla Mirch (Bell peppers stuffed with scrambled and spiced Paneer)
Paneer Gulab Jamun (Indian Dessert with a twist)
Paneer Aloo Paratha
Low Fat Paneer Makhanwala
Raisin and Paneer Pulav
Palak Paneer Parathas (Flat bread stuffed with spinach and Paneer)
Paneer Pav BhajiMethi Chaman
Prep time : 15 mins, Marination time : 45 mins to an hour (minimum), Serves : 3
Fresh Paneer – 300 gms (cut into largish cubes)
Oil – 2 TBSP (divided use)
White Butter /Table butter – 2 tsp
Hung yoghurt – 100 gms
Salt – to taste
Lemon juice – 1/2 T
Coriander and cumin powders, Turmeric, Red chilli powder, Tikka Masala – to taste
Yellow chilli powder – 1/2 tsp (optional but recommended) – divided use
Ginger garlic paste – 1/4 tsp (I didn’t use)
Kasuri Methi – 1/2 tsp
Tomato puree – 1 cup (Can use Tomato concasse)
Salt – to taste
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Chopped Bell peppers – 1/4 cup
Onions – 2 TBSP ( I didn’t use)
Coriander leaves – few
In a bowl, add the ingredients of the marination and whisk well. Add the paneer cubes , mix well taking care not to break the cubes. Cover and marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably in the refrigerator.
On a tava / skillet, add 1 tsp of oil + butter , add the marinated paneer and saute them gently till slightly crispy (this will take about 8-9 min on very low flame). Keep them aside.
In the same tava, add the remaining oil and splutter cumin seeds, add the bell peppers and saute them till slightly shriveled yet crunchy. Add the tomato puree, salt, dry spices and saute till oil separates from the gravy and it becomes slightly dry.
Now add the sauteed paneer pieces and let it simmer on the tava till you get a dryish consistency.
Top with chopped coriander leaves.
This can be had as a yummy appetiser or as a side dish with Butter Kulcha / Naan.