Grilled Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese Appetizer)

By: Manjula Jain

Serving : 4 people
Total Time :20 minutes

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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.

Grilled Paneer

Ingredients

  • 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

Spice Mix

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

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

Spice Mix

  • 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
  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Use the same pan and grill the tomatoes for about 1-2 minutes, tomatoes will have some blisters. Take them out from frying pan.
  5. 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.
  6. Serve the grilled paneer with side of bell pepper and tomatoes and sprinkle little spice mix over bell pepper and tomatoes.
  7. 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.

Appetizer
Indian
Appetizer, Grilled Paneer and Veggies, Masala Paneer, Party Food

Grilled Paneer Recipe 

Grilled paneer recipe is a delightful way to enjoy the rich flavors of Indian cuisine. Grilled paneer is a versatile dish that is kid friendly, quick & easy, party recipe that can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or even a main course. This recipe combines the creaminess of paneer with the smoky char of the grill, resulting in a dish that is both flavorful and satisfying. Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or simply craving a taste of India, this Indian grilled paneer recipe is sure to please your palate.

Indian Grilled Paneer: A Flavorful Delight 

When it comes to Indian cuisine, grilled paneer holds a special place in the hearts of many food enthusiasts. The process of grilling adds a depth of flavor to the paneer, while still allowing its creamy texture to shine through. This paneer grilled recipe is perfect for those looking to add a touch of Indian flair to their meals. By marinating the paneer in a blend of spices and yogurt, you'll create a dish that is bursting with flavor from the very first bite.

Preparation 

To begin, place the cubed paneer in a large bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice,  ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Pour the marinade over the paneer, making sure to coat each piece evenly. Cover the bowl and let the paneer marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Grilling the Paneer 

Once the paneer has finished marinating, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Thread the paneer cubes onto skewers, leaving a small amount of space between each piece. This will allow the heat to circulate evenly around the paneer, ensuring that it cooks evenly on all sides. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the paneer is lightly charred and heated through.

Tips for Perfect Grilled Paneer 

Use firm or extra-firm paneer for grilling, as softer varieties may crumble on the grill.

Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before threading the paneer to prevent them from burning.

Experiment with different marinade ingredients, such as ginger, chili powder, or garam masala, to customize the flavor of your grilled paneer.

Variations on Grilled Paneer

While this Indian grilled paneer recipe is delicious as is, feel free to get creative with your marinade and seasoning choices. For a spicy kick, add chopped green chilies or a dash of cayenne pepper to the marinade. You can also incorporate fresh herbs like cilantro or mint for a burst of freshness. Serve the grilled paneer with a side of mint chutney or tamarind sauce for an extra layer of flavor.

Benefits of Grilled Paneer

Grilled paneer is not only delicious, but it also offers several health benefits. Paneer is a good source of protein, calcium, and phosphorus, making it an excellent addition to a balanced diet. Grilling the paneer helps to retain its nutrients while adding a smoky flavor that enhances its overall taste. Additionally, paneer is low in carbohydrates, making it a suitable option for those following a low-carb or keto diet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I grill paneer without skewers?

Yes, you can grill paneer directly on the grill grates or use a grill basket to prevent it from falling through.

How long does grilled paneer last?

Grilled paneer can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat it in the microwave or on the grill before serving.

Can I freeze grilled paneer?

While you can freeze grilled paneer, its texture may change slightly upon thawing. It's best to freeze the paneer before grilling and marinating it.

Can I make grilled paneer in the oven?

Yes, you can bake paneer in the oven at 400°F for 15-20 minutes, or until it is lightly browned and heated through.

Other Recipes on Manjula's Kitchen

If you're looking to explore more Indian recipes, appetizers, beverages, and desserts, be sure to check out the following links on Manjula's Kitchen. Here are some links to recipes on Manjula's Kitchen official website: Paneer Tikka Masala, Chana Chaat (Spicy Chickpea Salad), Pav Bhaji (Spicy Vegetable Hash with Buns), Raj Kachori (Crunchy Chaat), Vegetable Biryani. These recipes should offer you a flavorful experience straight from Manjula's Kitchen.

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    5 stars
    Grilled Paneer is my favorite recipe. thanks for sharing.

    chhavi
    December 19, 2018 at 12:46 am

    oh god the paneer looks heavenly!! Cant wait to make this!

    Manjusha Ladha
    November 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Manjula Ji:

    I enjoy your recipes and videos, but wanted to point out that you pronounce the word “finely” incorrectly. You say finally instead of finely- just wanted to make you aware.
    Thank you for your good work!

      Manjula Jain
      December 21, 2018 at 11:51 am

      thanks

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