Paneer on it’s own is pretty bland and has no taste at all. It takes on the flavors of whatever it is cooked with and that’s what makes it an incredible ingredient. In today’s recipe, “Sooley” is a term used for smoke-roasted kebab on a hot charcoal grill.
This method of cooking is common for a variety of meats, poultry, and fish and it makes a wonderful appetizer relish. In this method of cooking, marinated meat is smoke-roasted until cooked. My ingredient for “sooley” is paneer – stuffed paneer cubes are marinated in yogurt to absorb all the goodness of spices. Leave it for 2 – 3 hours and the spices will infuse lots of rich flavor into this delicacy.
Now on to the recipe! Paneer ke Sooley
Let’s start off with the first step – prepare the marinade. Please use thick curd (hung curd) for marinade, a watery – liquid-y curd will ruin the recipe.
Dry roast gram flour and whole spices separately. Dry roasting helps to release the hidden aroma and flavorful oils of these spices. Coarsely ground the spices and add to the marinade. Once everything is mixed together, taste and adjust seasonings.
Second step would be to stuff paneer. As explained below, slice paneer into 1.5 inch thick slice. Carefully stuff it with cheese mix. Some slices may break during the process, no worries, secure it with a wet toothpick or wooden skewer. During grilling, as the cheese melts it will hold the other piece together.
As stated above in “sooley” method of cooking, marinated ingredient is smoke- roasted and grilled over hot coals until charred; but my plans for grilling was ruined by rains. So, had to do it indoors over my cooktop. 🙁 Both oven and cooktop method shown.
You can even cook it on a hot smoking griddle pan until brown and after a few minutes of cooking you will end up with tender and juicy paneer sooley, soaked with flavor. If you choose this method then grease the pan before you begin.
Next day, wrap the leftover paneer sooley (if any) in homemade roti and enjoy it as a kathi roll. Time saving and a perfect brunch recipe. Sprinkle sooley with chaat masala and lemon juice. Serve hot with vinegar onions and chutneyof your choice.
Do give it a try and if you happen to make it drop me a note below or share your yummy pics @facebook. Would love to see your creation!