It has been a long time since I posted new recipes as I got very busy with my game creation
Tandoori Paneer is versatile dish, you can use it as a starter, serve with rice or even with Roti and Naan.
100 gms Cottage Cheese, cut into one Inch cubes.
2 green chilies - minced
a pinch of baking powder
1/4 tbsp cornflour (will help make the cheese brown, not necessary)
3 tbsp vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced
small piece of ginger, grated
1 tsp roasted cumin( jeera) powder
1 tbsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red chili powder
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp veg. tandoori masala (if available)
2 onions - cut in circles
1 green bell pepper (capsicum) - cut in circles.
1 tomato - pureed
Mix garlic, ginger, baking powder, corn flour, tandoori masala, half part salt, red chili, green chili, cumin, black pepper with vinegar to make a paste. Coat the paneer cubes with this paste well and bake it in an over till golden brown, about 20 mins at 300 degrees C.
Add extra vinegar if you find the paste is inadequate to coat all the paneer.
If you have no oven, simply keep aside the coated paneer to marinate for 2 hrs.
Now heat olive oil in a pan.
Add onions and capsicum and sauté them lightly, handling them with care so that they do not break, till a bit brown.
Round onion and Capsicum
Add Tomato Puree and sauté till it leaves oil.
Now add Paneer cubes and then salt according to taste. Sauté for 5 mins.
Thats its, Tandoori Paneer is ready.
It takes very little effort and is specially suitable for people living alone in PG's, when on tour or working in another city.
If you cannot use the corn flour, tandoori Masala and baking powder, it will still taste great. Do not wish to use Vinegar - then use little water instead.
Using yogurt will make this more like paneer tikka than tandoori paneer.
My brother has brought Veg. Tandoori Masala for me from Goa last month, and I really love the aroma it gives to the recipe.