I am a big fan of tikkas and kebabs and trying them with different flavours is a very interesting task.So i made this "Achari Paneer Tikka" recently by using achar masala(Pickle spice powder) and some regular ingredients.Pickle is a must with food in many regions of India , so why not use it to make some other tasty dishes.This is a very quick,easy and tasty starter.I added whatever spices i found to make it more spicy but it will get its main taste from the achar/pickle spice powder.You can use any achar/pickle powder for it.I have used a homemade pickle spice powder, but if you do not have homemade achar/pickle powder you can even use readymade pickle spice powder as its very easily available in stores.
- 250 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
- 2 capsicum
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 table spoon of homemade/readymade achar masala(Pickle spice powder)
- 1 tea spoon chilli powder(optional)
- 1/2 tea spoon turmeric powder
- 1 tea spoon amchur powder(dry mango powder)
- 1 tea spoon cumin powder
- 1/2 tea spoon chat masala
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
Put the yogurt in a muslin cloth and tie a knot.Hung it for 1 hour so that all the water drips down from it.Cut the paneer intoone inch cubes.Similarly cut capsicum and tomatoes in one inch square pieces.
Take the hung yogurt in a bowl.Add chilli powder, turmeric powder,cumin powder,amchur powder, chat masala and achar/pickle spice powder,sugar and salt to it.Mix it well so that the spices get distributed evenly.Add the amount of spices according to your taste.Add 2 tea spoon oil also and mix.Marinade is ready.
Now take the paneer cubes and chopped tomato and capsicum pieces in a big bowl.Add the marinade mixture to it ans mix it well..Apply the marinade gently to the paneer cubes or else they tend to break.
Take some satay/skewer sticks.Take one stick and thread alternate layers of marinated capsicum, paneer cube and tomato.Repeat it with the other sticks.
Heat a tawa/griddle with little oil or a stone griller or tandoor and grill it for 2-3 mins on each side till done.
Preparation Time: 20 mins