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Tikka is an Indian specialty food recipe. The main ingredient either panner or chicken, is marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices for a long time and then cooked in a Tandoor oven. I always love tikkas than any deep fried starter, they are more flavorful with the smoke and tastes best with mint chutney. Tikka and tandoor items are cooked with less oil and are healthier than their fried couterparts.
Paneer - 200 gms - cut into large cubes
Capsicum - 1 - cut into 2"pieces
Onion - 1 - cut into 2"pieces
Tomato - 1 - deseeded and cut into 2"pieces
Yogurt/ Hung curd - 2 tbsp (Should be very sour curd)
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chat masala or Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Lemon - 1
Toothpicks / Skewers
1. Mix all the spices (Chilli powder, chat masala/ garam masala, ginger garlic paste & salt) in the yogurt and beat it well.
You can also add Tandoor masala or other spices as per your taste.
2. Marinate the Paneer pieces in this mixture and keep iit in the refrigerator for about 1 hr.
3. Just before you make it, take the marinade out and add the cut vegetables too in the mixture. You can also marinate the veggies along with the paneer for 1 hr, if you want the veggies to be spicy.
4. Wet the toothpicks, and arrange the veggies and paneer in it. Or use a skewer to arrange them all in one shot.
5. Heat a flat non-stick pan with a tsp of oil. Place the toothpicks with the veggies and paneer, side by side. Leave them for 2 mins. Keep turning them with the help of tongs, so that they get cooked on all sides. If you want, drizzle some more oil.
6. To give a smoky flavor, pick the cooked ones using a tong and show it above the direct flame carefully for few seconds. Be careful in this step, since the toothpick might catch fire if you go close to the fire or the pieces may fall off the toothpick. skewers may be more easier in this step. Or if you have a grilling stand for your gas stove, it might ease your job to place the skewers on top it.
7. Squeeze some lemon juice over it before serving. You can also sprinkle some chat masala on top.
I do not have an oven or tandoor, so I pan fried them. You can also grill them in a oven or in a barbecue grill.
Hope you liked my version of Paneer Tikka. Enjoy it with mint chutney.