Thursday, May 22, 2008

Achari Paneer Tikka ( BBqued Pickled Cottage Cheese)

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Did you know that Achar(pickle) is persian in origin, the word itself being derived from Axi or Achi the term for chillies.
With the trivia bit being over, let me focus on the dish. Achari (pickled) dishes are a rage and have found themselves on the menus of countless Indian restaurants around the world, the common ones being, Achari aloos for the vegetarians and achari meat for the non-veg's. I have been a sucker for achari dishes and love to make them. Firstly, they add a nice variation to the menu, secondly, the achari starters really tingle your palate and build it up for the courses to follow. I wanted to make some paneer tikkas, but did not want the usual paneer tikka thing, so achari paneer tikka was a nice thing to do.
The photos are looking a little weird this time because I have been playing around on Photoshop a little too much these days :)

Achari Paneer Tikka Ingredients:

Paneer ( Cottage Cheese), cubed into 1.5" pieces ...use Ricotta cubes, if paneer isn't available - 400 gms

For the Marinade:
Hung Curd - 3/4 Cup
Garlic Paste - 2 Tblsp
Ginger Paste - 1 Tblsp
Fennel Seeds (saunf) - 2 Tsp
Mustard Seeds (Rai) - 2 Tsp
Fenugreek Seeds(Methi Dana) - 1 Tsp
Onion Seeds (Kalonji) - 1 Tsp
Cumin Seeds (Zeera) - 2 Tsp
Turmeric Powder (Haldi) - 1 Tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 2 Tsp
Mustard Oil - 2 Tblsp
Salt - To Taste

For the skewers:
Capsicum ( bell peppers) - 2
Onion - 1
Tomatoes - 2

Onion Rings & Lemon Wedges for the garnish
Mint Chutney, as accompaniment

Method: Pre-Preparation:
1. Coarsely grind the fennel, mustard, fenugreek, onion and cumin seeds with mustard oil.
2. Blend together the yogurt, ginger paste, garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and the ground masala.
3. Add the Paneer cubes to this marinade and chill for 30 mins.
4. Cut the Capsicum, onions and tomatoes into dices ( same size as paneer).

1. Arrange the paneer on skewers. Skewer the Capsicum dice, followed by a paneer cube, followed by a onion dice, again followed by a paneer cube, followed by a Tomato dice and a paneer cube. You may repeat this if the skewer is long.
2. Pre-heat the oven,tandoor, microwave, grill.
3. Grill for 20 mins, or till edges turn brown.
4. Remove from skewers and serve hot.

Note: To add in more achari flavor, you can add in 1 Tblsp Pickle masala (green chilli, mango, lemon) to the marinade.


Swati Raman Garg said...

welcome tede de te te tte welcome.. tede de te te tte.. welcome welcome welcome reeeeeeee... hehehe.. could u here me sing that song for u :) welcome to my blog.. it was pleasure to have d gastronome.. (a real motivator.. somebody i really admire.. ) in my page.. keep visiting... and u and ur dishes r one party stealers haan... these achari paneer looks fabulous... n sorry for d long comment

Arundathi said...

thats really interesting that Achar is Persian in origin. Looks great!

ranji said...

this is really delcious..i love this especially during parties..great dish to entertain the guests..:)

Mansi Desai said...

That sounds delicious Gaurav!

Alpa said...

oooh lovely picture! the masala blend sounds superb. i will try making this on a grill :)

Gaurav said...

Swati thnx for the comments and da song...felt really good :)
Arundathi, myself didn't know this fact till I was scouting one of my books.
Alpa it will really come out good on the grill.Keep me updated on how it came out.
Ranji, Mansi thnx...lemme know how it comes out if u try it out.

Sangeeth said...

hi gaurav yummy have a surprise in my blog :)

Jean@Yardworkerz said...


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