RECIPE: Paneer and vegetable skewers

I like paneer, and Anjum Anand’s recipes, so this looked interesting and healthy. I would add slightly more chilli powder next time. You can actually substitute other veggies too. -CM

Paneer is the main vegetarian protein eaten in India and it is a perfect foil for Indian flavours.

Ingredients

For the marinade
125ml/4½fl oz Greek-style yoghurt
small knob fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
salt, to taste
½ tsp chilli powder, or to taste
1 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp gram flour (also called chickpea flour)
1 tsp cumin powder
seeds of 6 green cardamom, ground

For the skewers
300g/10½oz paneer, cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes
1 large onion, cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes
1 green and 1 red capsicum pepper, cored and cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes
oil, for greasing
6 wooden skewers, soaked for an hour
2 tbsp butter, melted, for drizzling
chaat masala (a dried spice mixture available from Asian grocers), to sprinkle

Preparation method
For the marinade, mix together all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and add the paneer, onion and peppers. Cover with cling film and allow the paneer and vegetables to marinate for 30-40 minutes, or longer, in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and oil a baking sheet.

Thread the vegetables and paneer alternately onto the skewers. Bake in the oven for seven minutes, drizzle over the melted butter, turn and cook for another 5-7 minutes or until charred at the edges.

Sprinkle with chaat masala and serve. They are also great served with a green chutney.

via BBC – Food – Recipes : Paneer and vegetable skewers.

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