Monday 28 September 2015

Paneer Tikka Skewers paired with Yeni Raki - sponsored video

With the summer ending and Autumn is gradually creeping upon us, I feel I still want to savour the al fresco dining experience. With the rain it's impossible to light a barbecue and cook outside so what better way than to create the same barbecued food indoors on a griddle and pair it up with some delicious salads and awesome drinks such as Yeni Raki.

Yeni Raki is Turkey's world famous national drink. It has the most aromatic anise flavour made with distilling grapes and aniseed. It makes the meal perfect when paired with appetisers and grilled foods.

Yeni Raki invited three chefs, Andre Magalhaes, Barbara Massaad and Aydin Demir to create some dishes from Raki and Fish, a Mediterranean seafood Odyssey Book to go with the the Yeni Raki.
I was most inspired by the dishes, but being vegetarian they were not suitable for my diet and so I decided to create my very own vegetarian dish that could be paired with this amazing drink.
The succulent Paneer Tikka marinated in aromatic spices and griddled makes the perfect vegetarian option to go with the Yeni Reki. You can see the lovely recipe below.

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Paneer Tikka Skewers
Succulents chunks of paneer marinated in a rich spicy yoghurt sauce and griddled.
  • 240 g Block of paneer
  • Red Capsicum
  • Green Capsicum
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Green chilli minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 4 tablespoons Natural yoghurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon Tikka masala paste
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Coriander
  • 1 small Red Onion
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive oil
1. Cut the paneer into 2cm cubes, you should have at least 12 pieces of paneer (three for each skewer)2. Cut the capsicums into 1 inch pieces. You should have at least 12 pieces (three for each skewer)3. Peel the onion and cut into 1 inch pieces. You should have at least 12 pieces (three for each skewer)4. In a bowl add the yoghurt, chilli paste, ginger paste, garlic paste, salt, chilli powder, tikka masala paste and lemon juice and mix all the ingredients together.5.Add the chopped onions,capsicums and paneer into the marinade and toss together.Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in the fridge for 2 hours to marinade.6.After two hours take the bowl out of the fridge and thread the paneer, peppers and onions onto the skewers alternating them. Repeat for all four skewers. 7.Spray some oil onto a griddle and place 2 of the skewers onto the hot griddle. Cook the skewers until griddle lines appear approx 3-4 minutes after which turn then around and cook the second side. You can brush a little more marinade on top of the skewers to stop paneer drying out.8. Repeat for all remaining 2 skewers.9.Serve the Tikka masala Paneer skewers on a bed of lemon rice and garnished with fresh coriander
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 skewers

This post was sponsored by Yeni Raki, all opinions expressed in this post are my own and unbiased.


  1. Nayna - nice and vibrant recipe Paneer Tikka Skewers. I am sure it pairs well with Yeni Raki, which I never heard of but I will now be looking forward to tasting it. R

  2. The drink looks yummy. Loved the video too

  3. who doesn't love paneer tikka? Looks so good and colourful. Ummm another drink to try when I am in London next. Combination of grapes and aniseed sounds interesting.

  4. I've never heard of this drink before, definitely something to look out for.

  5. Paneer tikka looks delicious and loved the way you have served it on a bed of rice... Nice to know about the new drink from Turkey..

  6. Paneer tikka looks delicious. Hearing the name of this drink first time. Sounds interesting!!

  7. That looks delicious , doesn't help that ive not had my tea yet.

  8. these look really fantastic Nayna. Lovely idea.

  9. I've never seen paneer tikka skewers, they looks amazing! I don't eat meat and am always looking for new vegetarian dishes to try. I've tried Raki before in Turkey. Don't think I would last long with it these days though, I've become a lightweight :)
    Our Seaside Baby

  10. Looove paneer! These look great x

  11. I normally use paneer in a curry, but never thought to use it like this before.

  12. Oooh YUM! These look absolutely delicious and not too difficult to make. xxx

  13. I don't think I've tried paneer but the dish looks tasty.

  14. I have never thought to put paneer on a skewer. What a fab idea!

  15. Mmmm I love Paneer! These look tasty!

  16. Love the punchy clean flavours, Nayna. Leftovers (ha ha - as if) would be terrific chopped up and popped in a wrap with salad too. Yum!

  17. These look and sound delicious! Can't wait to try them!

  18. Look delicious. Looking forward to trying this recipe out!

  19. I've never tried these before!! You make it look so easy! Looks delicious! Xo


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