As summer is upon us, many of us will be wanting to get our barbecues and grills out and cook outside, but as vegetarians, what can we make? Paneer skewers of course! This recipe is simple and easy, all it involves is making a simple marinade, assembling the skewers and cooking on the barbecue, so let us get started.
- 750g Paneer
- Approximately 300g of Greek Yoghurt
- 100ml of Olive Oil (or mustard oil if you have it)
- 1 Courgette
- 300g of Chestnut Mushrooms
- 3 Peppers (your choice of colours)
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Garam Masala
- Red Chilli Powder
- Cumin and Coriander Powder
- Fresh Coriander
- In a large bowl, mix together the Greek yoghurt, olive oil, a generous amount of sea salt and black pepper and mix together well.
- Then add in the spices, 1 spoonful of finely diced ginger, 2 heaping spoonfuls of garam masala, 1/2 spoonful of turmeric, 2 spoonfuls of red chilli powder, 3 or 4 spoonfuls of cumin and coriander powder, and a handful of fresh chopped coriander and mix thoroughly.
- Prepare the paneer by cutting it into large chunks, the mushrooms into quarters, the peppers into chunks, and the courgette into large slices.
- To enhance the flavour that is absorbed into the paneer it is a good idea to score the paneer pieces with a knife, but ensure the scores are not too deep that it affects the ability of the paneer pieces to be put on a skewer.
- Place the paneer and vegetables into the marinade and mix until all of the paneer and vegetables are covered in the marinade, then cover the bowl with cling film or a lid and place in the fridge for 24 hours.
- Once the marinade is complete, take the bowl out and allow the contents to get to around room temperature before assembling the skewers.
- With skewers my preferred order is to place a pepper, a courgette slice, a paneer piece, a mushroom, a pepper, and then another paneer piece, but obviously you can assemble it in any order you want.
- All that is left is to cook these skewers on a barbecue, so once the barbecue is at an appropriate temperature, place the skewers and rotate them 90 degrees every 4 -5 minutes to ensure even cooking and then serve and enjoy!
And just with those simple steps you can make a tasty main item for your summer barbecues and really impress your friends and family. It really is simpler that most will realise, so I hope this makes it easier and gives you the motivation to do your own barbecues with family and friends! I look forward to hearing how you got on with this recipe.
See you soon!