Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Superbowl party recipes 5, Chicken / Paneer tikka bites

Taking both vegetarian and non-vegetarian people into consideration, we (me and my husband who cooks!!!) wanted to make a veg dish and a non-veg dish.

Both spicy, something easy to make and we came up with tikka idea. He first wanted to make only chicken tikka but later added the paneer too.
And he came up with the grand idea of grilling it outside on the deck in 30 degrees F temperature. I simply dont know how he did it. I should have taken a picture, I missed the opportunity. Him wearing the big brown snow jacket (which he rarely wears), wearing boots and cap and grilling out on the snow (or ice) filled deck!!!
So anyways they came out good, tho the paneer spent some extra time on the grill :).

The masala paste is semi-homemade and is the same for both chicken  and paneer.
He added the grilled veggies like onions and red bell pepper later on to the dish.


1 lb chicken cut into bite size pieces and / or 1 lb of paneer cut in bite size pieces

For Masala marinade: (use in double quantity if making both veg and non-veg)

2 tbsp bottle Patak's tandoori paste
1/2 pouch Shan's tikka masala
1 cup yogurt
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Grilled veggies:

1 red bell pepper for each dish, chopped big
1 medium size red onion, chopped big for each dish


Mix all the masala ingredients together in a bowl, taste the salt before adding the chicken or the paneer. Marinate for atleast 2 hours before grilling on skewers. Paneer take lesser time to cook than the chicken, so dont put them together. He grilled the paneer first and after removing that he put the chicken on the grill. Alternatively, this can be even put in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done or shallow fried on stove top with some oil. The veggies can be done the same way too. Serve hot. Enjoy!!!

Tip: I always like to taste the marinade before adding the meat into it to check for salt and spiciness, not after adding the meat!!!
Marinate the Chicken and Paneer separately so that both veg people and non-veg people can enjoy!!!


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