Saturday, October 2, 2010

Smoked Tandoori Veggies

You think you need a tandoor for this preparation? 
NO! Keep reading :)


  • Cauliflower Florets - 2 cups
  • Onions - 2 Medium sized
  • Capsicum - 2 Medium sized
  • Baby Potatoes - 10
  • Cottage Cheese (Paneer) - 250 gms
  • Coriander - For Garnishing
  • Lemon - 1
  • Salt - As per taste
  • Oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Chaat Masala - As per taste

For Marination:

  • Curd - 1/2 kg
  • Gramflour (Besan) - 2 tsps
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tsps
  • Green Chilli Paste - 1 tsp
  • Salt - As per taste
  • Edible Red Color - 2 pinches

Special Ingredients:
Coal - 1 medium sized
Oil - 2 tsps

In a pressure cooker cook the baby potatoes on medium flame & put it off right after the first whistle. After the steam is out take out the baby potatoes & cool them. Peel off the skin carefully without breaking the potatoes. It should be intact. Poke holes carefully in the potatoes with the help of a fork or a toothpick. Next dice the cottage cheese. Parboil the cauliflower & takeout of the water to cool it.
Prepare the marination paste by mixing all the ingredients together. Now, put the baby potatoes & the cauliflower florets & the cottage cheese in the paste & cover them completely with the coating & leave for an hour.
Meanwhile heat a non-stick pan & add oil. When ready add the diced onions & after 2 minutes add the diced capsicum. Saute till they turn translucent. Now add the cauliflower florets & the baby potatoes with the marination. Saute for another 3 minutes. Now, add the cottage cheese. Cover & cook & continue to saute every second minute for another 10 minutes. When they are done put off the flame & turn them into a bowl & keep aside. Heat the coal on an open flame to ignite it & then transfer it into a bowl. Carefully lift the bowl with the help of tongs & place it on top of the vegetables. Be ready with a lid to cover the larger bowl containing the vegetables. Pour the oil on the coal & immediately cover it with the lid. Leave it for 5 minutes. Then take out the smaller bowl & throw the coal. This is called Smoking which helps us in getting the tandoori like taste. Garnish with coriander & serve hot with chutney. Add the lemon extract & sprinkle some chaat masala for a tang.

1. You can use ghee instead of oil when smoking
2. You can try making just a tandoori paneer, tandoori gobhi or a tandoori aaloo
3. Best to make for evening snack or as a starter

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