A well-known rule of physics that we all have learnt in our school is “Opposite poles attract and similar ones repel”! Though this law has been formulated for the domain of Physics, it very well does apply to few other aspects of life including relationships.
Believe me, this law could not have found any more significant practical application than in relationships, and case in point being married life of yours truly.
Besides the obvious similarities like we both like to cook and blog, there are hardly any other habits or choices that match. We are as different as any happily married couple should be.
Pranay likes to don his practical hat on his head while taking an important decision of lives, I don’t mind thinking from my heart. Given an opportunity, he would be delighted at the prospect of staying indoors and reading his books, whereas I am social butterfly who likes to meet people and stay connected.
The aspect of our lives where we converge has always been food. Our diverse cultures that we have grown up following, has not been a deterrent. We like to experiment and appreciate foods from various cultures of our country. Being from north India Paneer has come as a natural food choice to him but it has been an acquired taste for me. Honestly, while growing up in a middle class family in Mumbai, dining out never featured on top of our priorities. I was introduced to paneer much later in my food journey when I started staying away from home for my job. Though I can now eat Paneer, but too much Paneer is something that my palate can’t handle yet. In a meal, I rather prefer a paneer appetizer, whereas Pranay can eat a Paneer appetizer, followed by a stuffed paneer paratha accompanied with paneer lababdar and some paneer pulao to go along with this meal. The word that I use to describe his obsession with Paneer is ‘insanity’.
A dish that we both have liked in recent times and have often included in our snacks is- Paneer Tikka Sandwich. I came across the recipe for the Sandwich in a very handy book authored by Neeta Mehta, a book that focuses on Sandwiches. I have made some minor modification to the recipe and it has been a hit at my place. I ended up making it for my MIL’s friend who accompanies her on her evening walks and she had nothing but praise for the sandwich.
After all that background story, I am sharing the recipe for Paneer Tikka Sandwich in today’s post. Share your feedback with us in comment section below.
- 1 Pack of White/Brown Bread
- 250 gms Cottage Cheese (Paneer)- cut into cubes
- 1 small=50 gms Onion-finely chopped
- 1 medium sized=70 gms Capsicum- cut into cubes
- ½ cup=75 gms Hung Curd-made from 125 gms Curd- hung in a muslin cloth for 30 mins
- Coriander Chutney
- 1-tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- ¼th-tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1-tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
- ½-tsp Coriander Powder
- ½-tsp Garam Masala Powder
- ½-tsp Chat Masala Powder
- 2-tsp Tandoori Masala Powder
- 1-tbsp Cooking Oil
- Now we will make a marinade for Paneer. In a large bowl, put Curd. Add Ginger-Garlic Paste, Turmeric Powder, Kashmiri Red Chili Powder, Coriander Powder, Garam Masala Powder, Chat Masala, Tandoori Masala Powder. Now add Salt to taste and mix well. Marinade is now ready. Ensure there are no lumps in this marinade.
- Add Paneer Cubes, Capsicum cubes and chopped Onions and mix well. Let this marinade rest for 15 mins.
- After 15 mins, put a pan on heat. Add 1-tbsp Oil. After the Oil gets heated, add marinated Paneer. Cook on medium heat for a min. Lower the heat and cook covered.
- Lower the heat and cook covered.
- It's almost cooked and ready now. We will cook Paneer for couple of more mins to remove excess moisture. We have cooked Paneer for 2 mins and have removed excess moisture. This is a perfect coating consistency of the filling. If we cook more than this, then masala will become dry and we will not be able to apply the filling between the bread slices. Remove from heat and allow it to cool down completely.
- Let's assemble the sandwiches. We have taken 4 white bread slices and will be making 2 sandwiches now for this video. Apply soft butter on both the slices. In a sandwich always use soft butter and not melted butter for applying on the slices.
- Now apply green coriander chutney on one of the slices. Now put some Paneer filling on this slice. Gently press to level the filling and make an even layer. Now, cover this slice with other slice. Similarly, we will make other sandwich and then grill them together.
- Heat grill pan on high heat. If you don't have grill pan, you can even use your regular tawa for making sandwiches. Put some butter and smear the tawa or grill pan with this butter. Now place a sandwich in the Pan. Grill on low-medium heat for 2 mins.
- After 2 mins, apply some butter on top. Apply some butter in the pan too. Once the underside has grilled, change sides and grill the top side. Gently press with a spatula to get nice grill marks on the slices. After 2 more mins, remove sandwich from the pan.
- Similarly grill remaining sandwiches.
- Sandwiches are ready to be served. Cut into triangles or squares
- A bit tangy and spicy Paneer Tikka Sandwiches are ready. You can pack it in an aluminum foil and give it to your kids in their lunch box. This is my favorite evening snack that I enjoy with a cup of coffee
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