PANEER AND NAAN BITES
Paneer Tikka and Naan Bites is a different way to serve up paneer tikka. Spicy grilled paneer cubes are served on a bed of spinach and naan. It is a fun way to serve this starter dish at parties or even for a BBQ get together.
- 2-3 big naans cut into 36 squares I used ready made naan
- 400 g paneer or 36 bite size paneer cubes firm
- 4 tbsp tandoori paste I used ready made
- 4 tbsp plain thick yogurt
- 2 tbsp thick tomato paste
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- ½ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder or paprika
- ½ tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp oil
- 36 spinach leaves or any green salad leaves
MARINATE THE PANEER
Cut the paneer into approx 1″ cubes.
Mix tandoori paste, yogurt, tomato paste, salt, sugar, ginger, garlic, chilli powders and oil in a bowl.
Add the paneer cubes, mix gently till the paneer is coated with the tandoori mixture. Cover the bowl with cling film.
Let the paneer marinate overnight in the fridge or for 4-6 hours.
Fire up the grill or BBQ stove.
Thread the marinated paneer through the skewers.
Place it over the BBQ grill.
Make sure you keep turning the skewers to prevent the paneer burning up.
Brush the remaining marinade over it.
As soon as you see that the edges of the paneer begin to turn brown, and the marinade on it appears dry, the paneer tikka is ready.
Remove from the fire and using a fork, gently slip it off the skewers.
Line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Spread out the paneer cubes along with the marinade onto the prepared tray.
Bake the paneer for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes of baking, turn the paneer pieces over.
TO ASSEMBLE THE PANEER AND NAAN BITES:
Warm the naan under a broiler or on the BBQ grill for 3-4 minutes.
Cut the naan into squares.
Make sure the naan squares are about the same size as the paneer cubes.
Put a folded spinach leaf on a naan square.
Pick up the paneer square with a toothpick and stick it into the spinach and naan.
Repeat the above step till all the paneer cubes, spinach and naan pieces have been assembled.
Serve as a starter.
- Feel free to use homemade naan.
- If you don’t get Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder, use a chilli powder of your choice that adds the natural red colour without it being too hot. Usually tikkas served as street food contain red food colouring.
- To serve paneer tikka on its own, skewer them with large chunks of onion, sweet pepper and tomato. Brush with marinade and grill all together.