Thursday, January 28, 2010

Paneer Tikka ( without oven, on stovetop )

This is a classic tandoor dish which is almost everyone's favorite. I love it too and always used to think that you cannot make it without an oven or a tandoor. But here is my attempt at making it without an oven and it turned out yummmmy. Hope you will enjoy as much as I did.


Ingredients:
  • 250 gm paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 3 tsp oil
  • salt to taste

Method:
  • Whisk the curd till it is smooth.
  • Add salt, chilli powder, garam masala powder, ginger garlic paste and mix well
  • Cut paneer into slices or cubes as you prefer.
  • Prick the paneer cubes with a fork on both the sides.
  • Now add these to the curd. Mix well and set it aside for 1 hour.
  • Now the paneer should be well marinated.
  • Heat a tawa (pan) on a medium flame. Once heated, grease it with oil and place the paneer as shown below in the picture.
  • Keep the heat on a low flame. Make sure you check often so it does not get burnt.
  • Cook on both the sides till it is crisp.
  • Ready to serve.
Serving Suggestions:
Serve as a snack or a starter along with lemon slices, sliced onions and green chutney.

Tip:
  • Do not cover the tawa with a lid.
  • You can get a grilled feel by cooking it a bit longer. Just make sure it does not get burnt.
  • I have used a non stick tawa. If you are not using a non-tick tawa, you will need more oil.