Hariyali Paneer Tikka is a popular and flavorful Indian appetizer where paneer (Indian cottage cheese) is marinated in a vibrant green marinade made with cilantro, mint, and other aromatic spices. It’s then skewered and grilled or baked to perfection. Here’s a simple recipe for making Hariyali Paneer Tikka:
For the Marinade:
- 200g paneer, cut into cubes
- 1 cup fresh cilantro (coriander) leaves, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 1/2 cup thick yogurt
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- 1 green chili, chopped (adjust to taste)
- 1 tablespoon roasted gram flour (besan)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- Salt to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons oil
- Bell peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes (optional)
- Skewers (wooden or metal)
- Prepare the Marinade:
- In a blender or food processor, combine cilantro, mint, yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, green chili, roasted gram flour, lemon juice, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt, and oil. Blend until you have a smooth paste.
- Marinate the Paneer:
- In a bowl, mix the paneer cubes with the prepared marinade. Ensure that each piece is well-coated. Let it marinate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
- Preheat the Grill or Oven:
- If using a grill, preheat it to medium-high heat. If using an oven, preheat it to the broil setting.
- Assemble the Skewers:
- Thread the marinated paneer cubes onto skewers, alternating with bell peppers, onions, or cherry tomatoes if desired.
- Grill or Bake:
- Grill the skewers for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally until the paneer is golden brown and has a slightly charred edge. If using an oven, place the skewers on a baking sheet and broil for about 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway through.
- Serve Hot:
- Once done, remove the skewers from the grill or oven. Serve the Hariyali Paneer Tikka hot, garnished with lemon wedges and accompanied by mint chutney.
Enjoy the vibrant and flavorful Hariyali Paneer Tikka as a delicious appetizer or snack. It’s a great vegetarian option for gatherings and parties.