Achari Paneer Tikka Recipe

Achari Paneer Tikka is the most popular vegetarian appetizer in the Punjabi Cuisine. The word achar in Hindi means pickle. Paneer cubes marinated in an achari marinade makes an aromatic, flavorsome party snack. A blend of pickling spices goes into the marinade giving a distinctive flavor to the paneer.  Paneer (Homemade Cottage Cheese), Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum), Garam masala powder, Curd (Dahi / Yogurt), Garlic, Ginger, Salt, Red Chilli powder, Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), Cumin seeds (Jeera), Fennel seeds (Saunf), Kalonji (Onion Nigella Seeds), Ajwain (Carom seeds), Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds), Dry Red Chillies, Lemon juice, Oil   250 grams Paneer (Homemade Cottage Cheese) , cut into cubes 2 Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum) , cut into cubes 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder 2 tablespoons Curd (Dahi / Yogurt) 3 cloves Garlic 1 inch Ginger Salt , to taste Ingredients for the Marinade 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf) 1 teaspoon Kalonji (Onion Nigella Seeds) 1 teaspoon Ajwain (Carom seeds) 1/4 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds) 4 Dry Red Chillies 1 Lemon juice Oil , as required for grilling     10   40     To begin making the Achari Paneer Tikka Recipe, firstly we will marinate the masala for Paneer.*Method for Marinade (Tikka Masala)To prepare marinade for Achari Paneer Tikka, in a pan add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, nigella seed, carom seeds, fenugreek seeds and dry red chilies. Dry roast the spices and chillies over medium heat till fragrant and slightly browned. Turn off the heat. Transfer spices to the jar of mixer and grind into a coarse powder.Transfer the achari tikka spice powder to a bowl. Keep aside until required.Pound the ginger and garlic using a Pestle & Mortar to make a paste and keep aside.In a large bowl add the yogurt, ginger garlic paste, garam masala, salt to taste, lemon juice and the spice powder mix. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Add the paneer cubes with capsicum pieces into the marinade.Stir well to coat the paneer pieces into the marinade. Cover the bowl with the lid and keep aside for 30 minutes. This process could be done one day before as well. Store the marinated paneer in an airtight box in the fridge.Cover the bowl with the lid and keep aside for 30 minutes. This process could be done one day before as well. Store the marinated paneer in an airtight box in the fridge.*Method to Cook the Achari Paneer TikkaOnce the marination is done, our next step is to cook the Paneer Tikka’s. There are two ways you can make these. If you have a Barbeque Grill then you can grill the Achari Paneer Tikka’s or flavor the Tikkas using the Coal Smoking Method.*Barbeque MethodTo grilling the tikkas, we will first soak skewers in water for few minutes. This prevents skewers from falling apart while grilling. Thread the paneer pieces and capsicum into wooden skewers, arranging alternatively. Prepare your charcoal barbecue. Grill the Paneer Tikka skewers from both the sides applying little oil till they turn brown on all sides and charred marks appear on the paneer.*Wok (Kadai) MethodHeat oil in a Wok (Kadai); add the marinated paneer tikka pieces and stir-fry for a few minutes on low to medium heat.In the meanwhile; prepare the coal for the coal smoking method. Once the coal reaches red hot, place the hot coal in small steel or glass bowl.Place this bowl in the center of the Kadai that has the Achari paneer tikka, pour a teaspoon of ghee. You will notice that the coal will begin to smoke. At this stage, cover the pan and allow the smoke flavors to get into the tikka. Keep it covered for about a minute.Open the pan and the tikkas will be ready to be served.*Method to ServeTransfer grilled Achari paneer Tikkas to a serving plate. Serve Achari Paneer Tikka along with other yummy dishes such as Chole Aloo Tikki Chaat and Pav Bhaji Pizza for your house parties.