A vegetarian tandoor dish of Paneer (cottage cheese) marinated in Indian spices and grilled with vegetables.
400 gms Paneer / Cottage cheese, 2 inch squares
1 tsp black pepper powder
3-4 green chillies
2 tbsp fresh thick yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp cumin powder
1 inch ginger
3 garlic pods
½ tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
¾ tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp besan (bengal gram flour)
1 tsp oil for marinade
1 tbsp oil for frying
salt to taste
2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
Cut capsicum, tomato and onions in equal sized square chunks.
Grind ginger, garlic and green chillies in a food processor to form smooth paste.
In a large bowl, mix the above paste with paneer, capsicum, onions, tomato, lemon juice, black pepper powder, yogurt, garam masala, chilli powder, cumin powder, carom seeds, turmeric powder, besan and oil. Season with Salt. Coat all paneer cubes and vegetables properly.
(Tip: Tandoori masala powder can also be added for enriched smokey flavour.)
Thread paneer and vegetable pieces onto skewers, alternating paneer and vegetables.
Cook these skewers on the barbecue or under the grill for 8-10 minutes, turning frequently to ensure even cooking. Cook until paneer is light brown in colour from all sides.
Before serving sprinkle coriander and serve hot with onions and green sauce.