Saturday, June 16, 2007

Tandoori Paneer and Birthday Cake

Originally Posted 24th May 2007

I came across this recipe on Mamta's Kitchen and we tried it with a few modifications. We loved this for it's taste and simplicity. It doesn't call for a lot of oil either so that's good considering we are using paneer (which has enough saturated fat as it is).


Paneer - 250gm, cubed
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - 2-3 cloves, peeled
Green Chillies - 2-3
Lemon Juice - 1/2 of a lemon
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Tandoori Masala - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Salt to taste
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Onion - 1/2, Cut into big cubes Red & Green Bell Peppers - 1/2 each, cubed (similar to onion)
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Canola Oil - 1 tsp

1. Grind together ginger, garlic and green chillies, cumin seeds with the lemon juice and make into a fine paste.
2. Add garam masala, tandoori masala, salt. Mix well.
3. Add paneer pieces to the paste and marinate overnight in a fridge or at least for a few hours.
4. Meanwhile, toss the onions, green and red bell peppers separately with oil, salt and red chilli powder.
5. Place marinated paneer, onion, bell peppers on a baking dish lined with aluminium foil, sprayed with some oil
6. Bake in a very hot oven 450ยบ F for 10 minutes or so. It cooks very quickly so keep an eye on it. Paneer is done when it is sizzling and the edges begin to look slightly burnt/brown, like they have been barbecued. You may need to turn it over once during the cooking, to ensure even browning.
7. Use toothpicks to skewer then so you have paneer, onion and bell peppers alternating. The vegetables and paneer make for a great combination.

Here's a snap of Arun's birthday cake - (his birthday was on April 5th but didn't get time to post these earlier). It's a pineapple, layered cake. I made pineapple jam with fresh pineapples and sandwiched that between layers of cake. I also added toasted, sweetened almonds, cut pineapple pieces and sweet, whipped cream. It was quite good but Arun is very partial to the pound cake I make. Ever since I made the pound cake, he has lost his ability to enjoy any other cake... yet I wanted to try making this and used his birthday as an excuse... :)
The decorations are nothing to be proud of... but I hope to get better someday.

1 comment:

  1. Wow Laavanya, That bday cake sure looks pretty :) ....I am not good when it come to frosting, u have done a good job here with the cake:) the way thanks a lot for the reply, sure will let u know how it turns out.


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