October 02, 2010

Paneer Skewers

As "s u r r e a l" as it gets, this recipe is yet another all time favorite appetiser. Done the tandoori style, these skewers are mysteriously earthy smoky tangy and charred !!  The aromas from this dish envelopes and sends you on a reminiscent trip back to India where in the heart of winters we all savoured some amazing hot and fresh delicacies out of a "r e a l" tandoor or clay oven.

So lets begin with the right arsenal from our pantries..


     For skewing:
  • 1 red bell pepper , squared
  • 1 green bell pepper, squared
  • 1 red onion, squared
  • Olive oil and salt
  • 9 Wooden skewers
  • Lemon  juice , Chaat masala to garnish

     For the paneer marinade:

  • 3 oz Hung plain yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 2-3 Big cloves of garlic, grated
  • An inch of ginger root, grated   
  • 3/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Tandoori masala
  • 3/4 tsp Chaat masala
  • 2  tsp Tomato ketchup
  • 2 tsp crushed fenugreek leaves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin powder
  • Salt to taste

Start by mixing all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and add the cubed paneer pieces. Mix, cover and let it sit for a  minimum of 4-5 hours. preferably overnight.

The next day take out and bring  the marinated paneer to room temperature.In the meantime, dip the wooden skewers in normal water for half an hour. Chop the rest of the ingredients to skew and lightly massage oil and salt all over them, keep the latter ready on your board handy..

Preheat your oven to 350f. Now lets skew, the way u'd like to - I generally skew the red onion first and last as its firm and grips the skewers better. Pick a skewer and keep skewing till all done.

Place the skewers in the oven for 12 to 14 minutes. Once done , set to broil each side of every skewer till brown and roasted. Remove from oven , douse with lemon juice and chaat masala.

Serve hot. For a complete dinner menu, lay along with a  side of Masala jeera rice .



  1. Wowwwwwwww.. yummy and colorful.. lovely clicks :)

  2. Delicious!
    I cant just get over your pics! Amazing :-)


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