Grilled Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese Appetizer)
Grilled Paneer makes for a great appetizer that compliments any main course dish. Grilled paneer is quick and easy to put together, making it the perfect party appetizer. I will be preparing this appetizer a lot this holiday season because it is perfect to serve at get together and bring to potlucks.
- 1 1/2 cup paneer (cubed in 1” square and 1/2” thick)
- 1/2 cup bell pepper (cubed, yellow and green to give the color)
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 tsp oil
- 1 Tbsp green chili (finely chopped, optional)
- 2 Tbsp cilantro (finely chopped, hara dhania)
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black salt
- 1/2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp red chili powder
Mix the spice mix and keep aside. you can make this spice mix in a large quantity and keep it ready to go whenever you need it.
Heat heavy flat frying pan on low medium heat, add the oil in to warm frying pan. Spread the paneer cubes don’t over lap them. Grill the paneer from both sides, this should take about 2 minutes. Take them out from frying pan.
Use the same pan and grill the bell pepper, for about 2 minutes stirring occasionally, bell pepper will have some brown spots. Take them out from frying pan.
Use the same pan and grill the tomatoes for about 1-2 minutes, tomatoes will have some blisters. Take them out from frying pan.
In a bowl toss the paneer with spice mix, use the spice mix about in half the quantity, adjust for you taste, cilantro, green chili and lemon juice.
Serve the grilled paneer with side of bell pepper and tomatoes and sprinkle little spice mix over bell pepper and tomatoes.
A healthy and delicious appetizer is ready to serve.
Note: This spice mix known as chaat masala can also be used to spice up any food. It especially tastes good when it is sprinkled over sliced cucumber and tomato or over pakoras. You can make the chaat masala in a larger quantity and keep it ready to go whenever you need it.