Paneer kebabs are a simple veggie BBQ dish with a spicy kick. Vegetarians often get a raw deal at a barbecue, but these marinated paneer kebabs are so tasty that even meat eaters will find themselves going back for more. Paneer is a fresh, unsalted white cheese that is really popular in Indian cuisine. It has a firm texture, which makes it a great option to make vegetarian dishes that are substantial and satisfying. You can buy paneer in most large supermarkets, often in the world foods section, but if not, it’s worth checking to see if you have a local Indian or Asian supermarket, where you’ll be able to find a whole range of ingredients to give your cooking a really authentic flavour. They often stock spices in bulk, which is much cheaper than buying in British supermarkets. Marinating the paneer in the spice mixture gives the flavours a chance to really develop. We’ve served our paneer kebabs with a homemade cucumber salad and some simple lime wedges, but you could try serving them with a rice salad or spiced potatoes, if you like. For more delicious ideas with paneer, try our spinach and paneer curry, or our grilled paneer and mango salad.
- 2 x 226g packets paneer
- 2tbsp coriander seeds
- 2tsp each cumin and turmeric
- 2tbsp sunflower oil
- 1tbsp sea salt
- juice of 4 limes
- 4 red onions, cut into chunks
- To serve
- lime wedges and cucumber salad
Cut the paneer into chunks – you should get 12 from each pack – then transfer to a bowl. Toast the coriander seeds in a dry frying pan, then crush with a mortar and pestle. Mix the coriander in a separate bowl with cumin, turmeric, oil, salt and lime juice. Mix this spice mixture well with the paneer, then cover and leave to marinate for a few hours or overnight.
Thread the paneer onto skewers, separating each piece with a chunk of red onion. Brush over any remaining marinade and grill for 10 mins, turning to get an even browning. Serve with lime wedges and a cucumber salad.