Thursday, September 20, 2007


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.....
Ing -
1/2 kg - paneer
1st marinade
4 tbspn - vineger
2 tbspn - ginger paste
2 tbspn - garlic paste
salt as per taste
2nd marinade
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
Serve with
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


Nags said...

where is the pic :)

anyway, i love paneer and ur recipe itself is appetising enuf :)

Shella said...

Nags - no pic babes. Will be avlbl whenever I make it next. Its not that I make dishes & post the recipe. I post whatever comes to my mind & post pics when I make them next. Only that I make the dish very soon thereafter.

Rajitha said...

shella- sounds good..should try this out....

Priya Dilip said...

Hi shella.. thanks for dropping by... Marinated baked panneer is a delicious appetizer... shud try ur version sometime

Shella said...

Rajitha - its a must try & then it will be a keeper.

Priya - you are always welcome dear.and that's for dropping by too. Do try

Mansi Desai said...

Sounds good! malai would make it even more rich I think:)

Cynthia said...

Those ingredients would make your paneer kabab a must-have for parties.

Shella said...

Mansi - Yes, malai is the ing which makes it "melt in your mouth".

Cynthia - Without a thought, n if you really look at the process, it might be time consuming, but you dont have to do much. Its the marinade & the bakes that take time.


paneer is an all time favorite and this one really looks an interesting recipe ..will definitely try this one :-) and yes will wait for the pics too ...

Shella said...

Spice of Life - thanks for dropping by. You must give this one a try. Pics might take some time, but they will surely come.