Achaari Paneer Tikka

Achaari Paneer Tikka

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Succulent cottage cheese in a pure desi avatar! Marinated in an intensely spicy achaari marinade, which reflects the flavour of green chilli pickle, the paneer cubes are arranged into a satay and cooked till perfectly crisp outside, soft inside, and flavourful through and through. The best part is that this Achaari Paneer Tikka is not senselessly spicy – it has an exciting blend of flavours ranging from green chilli pickle to magical spices like fennel and nigella seeds, which are sure to fascinate your taste buds.

Achaari Paneer Tikka recipe - How to make Achaari Paneer Tikka

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients


For The Achaari Marinade
1 tbsp green chilli pickle
1/2 cup hung curds (chakka dahi)
1 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/4 tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
1/4 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tbsp mustard (rai / sarson) oil
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
1 1/2 cups paneer (cottage cheese) cubes
oil for greasing and cooking

For Serving
dahiwali mint leaves (phudina) chutney

Method
For the achaari marinade

    For the achaari marinade
  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the curds in a mixer and blend to a coarse mixture.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl, add the curds and mix well.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Add the paneer to the prepared achaari marinade, mix gently and keep aside to marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. Arrange the marinated paneer cubes equally on satay sticks and keep aside.
  3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), grease it with little oil, place a few satays on it and cook on a medium flame, using a little oil, till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  4. Repeat step 3 to cook more satays.
  5. Serve immediately with dahiwali phudina chutney.
Nutrient values per serving
Energy272 cal
Protein9.4 g
Carbohydrates6.8 g
Fiber0 g
Fat21.9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A333.9 mcg
Vitamin B1-0.5 mg
Vitamin B2-0.5 mg
Vitamin B3-0.5 mg
Vitamin C2.1 mg
Folic Acid2.8 mcg
Calcium364.2 mg
Iron0.1 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium9.5 mg
Potassium45 mg
Zinc0 mg
Achaari Paneer Tikka recipe with step by step photos

For the achari marinade

  1. To prepare achari marinade for achari paneer tikka recipe | Punjabi achari  paneer tikka | achari paneer tikka on tawa| healthy achari paneer tikka | in a mixer jar, take 1 tbsp of green chilli pickle.
  2. Add chopped garlic. Alternatively, you can also use garlic paste.
  3. Add fennel seeds.
  4. Add mustard seeds.
  5. Add fenugreek seeds.
  6. Add nigella seeds.
  7. Add cumin seeds. To extract maximum flavors from achari spices, dry roast the spices over medium heat till fragrant and slightly brown & then add to the marinade.
  8. Add turmeric powder.
  9. Add mustard oil. If you add mustard oil, it makes it more achaari.
  10. Add salt to taste.
  11. Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and blend to a coarse mixture.
  12. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl.
  13. Add the curd. Check out this recipe of with detailed step by step images to learn how to make dahi at home. To make a thick marinade we would require thick hung curd, learn If the curd is not thick, it will not stick to the paneer.
  14. Mix well.

How to make achari paneer tikka

  1. Add the paneer to the prepared achaari marinade. Learn how to make cottage cheese with detailed step by step photos and make fresh paneer at home. Alternatively, you can buy readymade paneer from a local dairy or supermarket in fresh or frozen form. Ensure the paneer you are using is firm and not crumbly. You can also make use of tofu instead of paneer to prepare vegan achari tofu.
  2. Mix gently and keep aside to marinate for 20 minutes. You can also put this mixture in the refrigerator if the weather outside is too hot and you wish to marinate it for a long time to deepen the flavor. You can even make use of veggies like onions, tomatoes, capsicum and bell peppers while preparing Achaari paneer tikka.
  3. Arrange the marinated paneer cubes equally on satay sticks and keep aside. In case you are using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least an hour before grilling or else the skewers might get burnt.
  4. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), grease it with little oil. It can also be grilled using an open grill, gas tandoor, oven, grill pan or panini maker.
  5. Place a few satays on it and cook on a medium flame. Do not overcook the paneer or else it will get tough and chewy.
  6. Drizzle a little oil and cook till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  7. Remove achari paneer tikka | Punjabi achari  paneer tikka | achari paneer tikka on tawa| healthy achari paneer tikka | in a plate.
  8. Repeat step 4 to 7 and cook more achari paneer tikka on satays.
  9. Serve achari paneer tikka | Punjabi achari  paneer tikka | achari paneer tikka on tawa| healthy achari paneer tikka | dry immediately.
  10. Afghani PaneerMushroom and Capsicum TikkaPaneer Amritsari Tikka are some other starter recipes made using paneer (cottage cheese).

Reviews

Achaari Paneer Tikka
 on 14 Aug 16 06:04 PM
5

Achaari Paneer Tikka
 on 10 Feb 15 04:16 PM
5

WOw.. So amazing! something different from all the tikkas we have. The green pickle and the other spices lends an amazing flavour to the marinade. The main ingredient is the green chilli pickle. So make sure you dont skip it..