Friday, August 1, 2008

Paneer Bbq. sticks

We had a barbeque party in June. This was our first attempt at hosting a barbeque party and hence I was a little nervous about hosting it . Will the food cook properly , will everyone like the seasonings …etc etc. To add to my jitters was the fact that one of the guests was a complete vegetarian who would not have even touched something which was even near any meat.

I had a number of recipes for meats…but what to make for a vegetarian…what would look great and taste even better. I mulled over this question for a number of days and then one day while browsing through my recipe collection I came across a recipe that I had noted down from a book sometime back. The original recipe was for chicken, I decided to use it with paneer and add some colorful vegetables to make this lovely looking bbq sticks.

I have the pictures of the sticks before we barbequed them, they were consumed before I could click a snap. …and that in itself proves that this was a successful experiment :-)

I hope to make these more often, now that we are confident that we can indeed host a barbeque party successfully. Our friends have been asking us about the next party already J so hopefully I will have more recipes to post in the near future and this time I will click a snap before I allow anyone to eat it ;-)

Ingredients (makes about 9 medium sized sticks)

Paneer / cottage cheese – 400 grams
Red/ Green bell pepper –1 large sized one/ each color
White onion – 2 medium sized ones
Lime – 3-4 depending on size
Bamboo skewers – 9- 10

For marinade
For paneer/ cottage cheese
Crushed fenugreek seeds – 2 t sp
Amchoor powder / dry mango powder – 2 t sp
Garam masala – 2 t sp
Finely grated ginger – 4 t sp
Finely grated garlic – 4 t sp
Chili powder – 2 t sp

Turmeric – 1 t sp
Ground cumin powder – 2 t sp
Ground coriander powder – 2 t sp
Low fat yogurt – 300 ml
Oil - 1 t sp
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Salt – as per taste

For vegetables –

Olive oil – 1 tb sp
Lime juice – 1-2 tb sp (depending on sourness)
Ground pepper powder (black or white) -1 t sp
Salt – as per taste

Slice the cottage cheese into 1-inch cubes. Dice the bell peppers, onions into squares of 1 inch. Separate each layer of the white onion.

Dry roast the crushed fenugreek seeds, coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala, till fragrant. Then blend all the marinade ingredients in a blender. Pour over the cottage cheese cubes. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

Then marinate the vegetables with the olive oil, limejuice, pepper powder and salt. Keep aside for 15-30 mins. Also soak the bamboo skewers in water (this prevents them from burning while barbequing)

Then thread the vegetables and cottage cheese, alternating them, as you like. Once all the skewers are done, cook them on a medium hot grill or charcoal. Turn to the other side when one side is cooked or slightly charred.
Sprinkle lemon juice on the ready sticks and serve hot with mint chutney।

This is my entry for MM-Grill It hosted by Sig of Live to Eat


Sukanya said...

Fantastic post, Looks so colorful and yummy

Priti said...

hmm these pictures are looking yummy enouf...sure everyone dig in fast...

Jayashree said...

Lovely....I like your marinade ingredients.

vb said...

Mmmm, I love grilling anything. The spices on this sound delicious. I've successfully grilled tofu often. Next step - paneer!

Vaidehi said...

Paneer bbq sticks are lookin so delicous and colorful.. nice recipe :)

bhags said...

those sticks look all colorful and lovely...i have never attempted anything on a still is the oven for me

Illatharasi said...

I love this... recently tried this in our BBQ and it was a HIT... Looks yummy with Paneer:)

notyet100 said...


Divya Vikram said...

Looks pretty and Yumm!

LG said...

paneer sticks look yum..and next time I need to look for BBQ recipes I know where to go! :)

Sig said...

That marinade sounds wonderful! Thanks for the entry Nupur!

SMN said...

Barbeque party sounds interesting and i always liked grilled dishes nice entry for the event

RUBA said...

looks very tasty :)

notyet100 said...

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Roma said...

Wow! I love paneer tikkas too.

Meeta K said...

Paneer is great on the bbq - i do it very often and all my German guest go crazy when i make bbq paneer. I love your flavorful marinade here. Thanks for entering it for the MM! Great to have you over!

Anisheetu said...

wow nice colourful dish...

Sapna Anu B.George said...

wait till i make your paneer tikka , looks wonderful........

delhibelle said...

looks terrific..I have still to get over my BBQ fear..your pics encourage me:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks tempting.


Thanks everyone for liking the recipe ... these turned out very well and I was very pleased with my experimentation this time around.I want to try tofu next ..