Thursday, May 31, 2012

Achaari Paneer Wrap

I love gadgets. Gadget Gal - that's me! Be it a knitting/crochet needle, a food processor or just a simple zester/grater - my tools of trade are my priced possessions and I am always on the look out for anything interesting. Unfortunately I live in a rented apartment with a small kitchen where two people standing the kitchen cannot help but bump into each other at every turn! So DH keeps threatening to throw things out of the house and keeps a tight rein on my purchasing tendencies. But I still get away with a few things here and there.

Last week, a visit to Target resulted in the purchase of a stove top barbecue grill thingy! I couldn't wait to get home and try it. I absolutely love it! So, this weekend, I made some achaari paneer wraps using this handy tool. Not having a deck to barbecue and grill things, I usually use the oven broiler to make paneer tikka and such things. But the burnt roasted flavor from a grill cannot be replicated in the broiler, its just not the same.

This barbecue roaster is perfect - just cut add whatever needs to be roasted into this grill kind of thing with a handle and place it on the stove top flame! Absolutely delicious! It was just the perfect brunch for a lazy weekend and a filling meal just before a road trip!

Marinating Time: 30 minutes            Preparation & Cooking: 15 minutes           Serves:2 

Whole Wheat Chapathis - 4
Capsicum - 1 medium, diced into chunky pieces
Onion - 1 Small, diced into big pieces
Paneer - 1 cup, cubed
Achaar Masala - 2-3 heaped tablespoons
Greek Yogurt - 1 cup
Chat Masala -  1 teaspoon
Lemon Juice - 1 tablespoon
Roasted Pepper Hummus - 4-5 teaspoons
Mint-Coriander Chutney (Green Chutney)- 4-5 teaspoons

Salt - to taste (use very little as the ready made achaar masala and chaat masala have salt in them)

  • Mix the Achaar Masala and Greek Yogurt and make a smooth marinade.
  • Add in the vegetables and paneer pieces and let this marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Roast the vegetables and paneer on the flame, turning them over so they cook on all sides, till they turn a brown color and give off a nice aroma. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • Now add the chaat masala and lemon juice to the roasted paneer and vegetable mix.
  • Take a pre-warmed chapathi. Spread a couple of teaspoons of green chutney and hummus onto the chapathis, then add the roasted vegetable and panner mix.
  • Fold the chapathi to form a wrap, using a toothpick to secure it, if required. Repeat for the other chapathis

Serve wrapped in an aluminum foil with any chutney or ketchup on the side. Or enjoy it as it is...

Handy Tips:
  • If you prefer to use the broiler, feel free to do so. Just insert the veggies onto skewers and place them in the broiler for 6-8 minutes and then turn them over and leave them in for another 5 minutes or so.
  • I made the wraps using home made chapathis with whole wheat flour. But feel free to replace them with frozen chapathis or even tortillas.
  • I used ready made achaar masala. Instead, you could just roast 2 tablespoons fenugreek (methi) seeds and grind them coarsely along with ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and 2 teaspoons fennel (saunf) seeds. Finally add in ½ teaspoon turmeric (haldi) powder and a pinch of asafoetida (hing).
  • I have used Greek Yogurt for the marinade because it has a tangy taste that I love. You could use regular plain  yogurt instead.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Priya, tried this recipe just now, it came out fantabulous. I didnt have achaar masala, so made it as per your note and did a few minor changes. I used green chillie which i have some bottled in apple cider vinegar, this was sliced into thin slices and capsicum was diced into very small chunks. Rest as per your recipe, it turned out yumm. Thanks.


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