Kashmiri Cottage Cheese Kebabs



    For The Kebabs:

    • 1 1/2 pounds paneer (cottage cheese), cut into approximately 1-inch cubes
    • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
    • 1 whole black cardamom pod ground to powder
    • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
    • Sea salt
    • Chopped cilantro and lime wedges for garnish

    Green Tea Yogurt Sauce:

    • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    To Serve:

    • 4 whole wheat pita breads, cut in half
    • Mesclun or microgreens


    • Soak paneer in water for five minutes.
    • Mix agave, cardamom, turmeric, paprika, cayenne, garam masala and ginger in a bowl. Season with salt.
    • Add paneer and stir to make sure the cubes are well-coated, cover with plastic wrap, and marinate for at least 15 minutes (overnight is even better!).
    • Thread the cubes of paneer onto skewers.
    • Heat a charcoal or gas grill until very hot. Grill kebabs 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until paneer is crisp and a deep gold color. The kebabs can also be cooked in a preheated broiler.
    • Transfer kebabs to a heated serving platter and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve warm on a bed of salad, or in pita bread stuffed with mesclun or microgreens. Also serve with yogurt sauce, chopped cilantro and lime wedges.
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