For a while now, I have been playing with the idea of a Mexican-Indian dish fusion, and this one is a winner. The crispiness of the baked taquito, with the soft paneer and fresh salad, with a cool mint and cucumber sauce drizzled on top gives a flavour and texture explosion like no other.
You can add chillies to the tandoori marinade if you want an extra spicy kick, but don’t cook the paneer for too long; you want it to stay moist and soft.
This dish is easy to prepare, and I recommend that you leave the marinated paneer in the fridge either overnight, or for 1-3 hours (if like me, you change your meal plan at the last minute because you have a new craving!), so that the flavours really have time to develop.
TANDOORI PANEER TAQUITOS
Prep: 20 mins/ Cook: 35 mins/ Total: 55 mins/ Serves 2 (makes 8 taquitos)
Paneer and marinade
470g paneer, cut in to 2cm x 2cm cubes
180g natural yoghurt
2 tsps rapeseed oil
8g ginger, peeled
1 garlic clove
1 tsp cumin seeds
5 tsps tandoori powder
Mint and cucumber sauce
200g natural yoghurt
12 fresh mint leaves
Salt to taste
50g red onion
100g baby plum tomatoes
75g iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 pack tortilla wraps
- Combine the yoghurt, garlic, ginger and spices in a food processor and mix until smooth
- Add the paneer, and mix well, ensuring everything is well coated. Drizzle with rapeseed oil and mix again. Cover and let it marinate overnight or for 1-3 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Cover a large baking tray with grease proof paper and spray with a little oil. Lay out the paneer in a single layer.
- Cook for 20 minutes, stirring carefully half way through.
- In the meantime, combine all of the ingredients for the mint and cucumber sauce and blend until smooth. Add salt to taste.
- Chop the lettuce, onions and tomatoes for the salad topping.
- Remove the paneer from the oven; it should be soft but slightly charred at the edges.
- Lay the tortilla wraps and put paneer in one half only, then roll up and secure with a cocktail stick.
- Place the wraps in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until the wrap starts to brown.
- Remove from the oven and top with the mint and cucumber sauce and salad, before drizzling with extra mint sauce for the final touch.
- Serve hot, and enjoy!