This is a lovely Appetizer with flavored paneer cubes. They melt in your mouth & its difficult to stop at just one. My husband being a preferred vegetarian, I had difficulty in having him adjust at parties where mostly people were non-vegetarians. At close friends places I used to really have to put up a fight with them coz, for them snacks for Raji meant cut pcs of paneer sprinkled with salt & pepper on top or chaat masala!! - it really put me off..... This is one dish that does justice to my preferred vegetarian husband's palatte. Here goes the recipe.....
1/2 kg - paneer
4 tbspn - vineger
2 tbspn - ginger paste
2 tbspn - garlic paste
salt as per taste
5 tbspn - full cream
3-4 tbspn - thick curd / yoghurt
4 tbspn - corn flour / maida
2 eggs - lightly beaten
2 tbspn - red chilli powder
a bunch of corriander leaves - finely chopped
a few strands of saffron soaked in about 2 tbspn water
2 tspn - garam masala powder
1 tbspn - roasted cumin powder
grated carrots, cabbage & capsicum
Cut the paneer into thick cubes of 2 inch pcs.
Mix the ingredients of the first marinade & add the paneer into it. Mix well but use a light hand so as not to break the paneer - keep aside for about an hour.
Mix the ingredients for the second marinade very well & pick up the paneer from the first bowl & add to this marinade. Leave out the water. Keep aside for about an hour.
Preheat oven to 200C & line a dish or a cookie tray with foil. Arrange the pcs of paneer one by one & bake for 5 minutes. Then turn the pcs & bake for another 5 mins. The Paneer should turn a little brown.
If you dont have an oven, you can use a nonstick pan (a pan because that will ensure that the pcs dont fall one on top of another) & cook on slow flame, but ensure that the pcs dont break too much. You'll have to add some oil into the pan
For serving - grate the cabbage & carrots and cut thin slices of capiscum add a tsp of olive oil & mix well. You can even add just lime juice & salt. If you can indulge a bit, you can add about 2 tbspns of mayo.
Spread this on a dish & then arrange the paneer on top of this spread.
Enjoy a delicious snack