Friday, February 10, 2012

Tandoori Subz Shaslik

Shashklik refers to the skewering and grilling of meat (veggies as well!) and traces its origin to Eastern Europe -Russia, Persia etc. This is also known as Kabab/kebab. The word 'shashlik' is from Russian. Originally meat -lamb, pork etc were skewered along with choice of fruits and vegetables. These days only veg kababs / shashliks are also available and we can use the Indian oven or Tandoor for grilling the  items. I have made a pineapple and veggie shashlik from Sanjeev Kapoors Tandoori Cooking @ Home and this recipe though mentions 'Tandoor' in the title makes use of stove top grill pan. You can also use the griller function in your oven or OTG.


Ingredients:
Pineapple: 1 small peeled,cored and cubed into bite size pieces or  atleast 1 cup
Onion: 1big
Tomato: 1 big
Green Pepper/Capsicum: 1 big

(All the veggies to be chopped into bite size pieces)

Red Chilli Powder: 1 tsp
Kasuri Methi /Powdered Dried Fenugreek Leaves: 3/4 tsp
Garam Masala Powder: 1 tsp
Chaat Masala: 1/2 tsp
Vinegar/ Honey: 1 tbsp (If the pineapple is too tart, use honey)
Oil: 1.5 tsp

Do adjust the powders as per your taste. The estimates given above are half of that in the original recipe.

Salt: as per taste

Preparation:
Mix together in a bowl, salt and the spice powders along with vinegar/honey and oil. Add the bite sized veggie  and pineapple pieces and mic thoroughly to coat. Set aside to marinate for one hour.

Thread the pineapple and the veggies one after the other onto toothpicks and drizzle the marinade remaining in the bowl on top. It looks like

Heat a tawa on medium heat and place the toothpicks on it and cook turning them periodically so that all the veggies get cooked and lighlty charred evenly on all sides.

Serve hot with an optional dip or salad.

A simple sweet,spicy and hot kabab/shashlik. Perfect for lazy chilly evenings. If your pineapple is too tart or overripe, use honey instead of vinegar.Adjust the spices as per your taste and enjoy the snack bites.You can even remove the bites from the skewers and turn them into a salad with chaat masala on top.

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