Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram. They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic. In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.
Dry roast coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, onion seeds till fragrant. Set aside to cool. Place hung yogurt in a bowl, add ginger-garlic paste, salt, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, mustard powder, pickle gravy, turmeric powder and mix well.
Crush the roasted spices in a mortar with the pestle. Add a little of the crushed spices to the yogurt and mix well. Cut cottage cheese into 1 inch cubes and add to the yogurt mixture and mix well so that all the cottage pieces are well coated. Let them marinate for around 15 minutes.
Heat oil in a non stick pan. String the cottage cheese cubes onto satay sticks and place them in the pan. Cook, rotating the sticks, so that the cottage cheese cubes get evenly cooked all around. Arrange them on a serving plate, garnish with mint sprig and serve hot.
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