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Spicy Olive Oil Marinated Paneer

Spicy Olive Oil Marinated Paneer


  • Author: Vasanti

Description

An easy appetizer featuring Paneer, the Indian cottage cheese, marinated in olive oil infused with herbs and spices.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 lb paneer, cut into 1/2- inch cubes (see FAQs & Notes + Variations)

For the Spicy Olive Oil

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 78 black peppercorns
  • 810 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon; skin peeled into strips and halved for juicing
  • 1 Fresno (orange) chili, thinly sliced (see FAQs & Notes)
  • 1 Thai or bird’s eye (red) chili, thinly sliced (see FAQs & Notes)
  • 1 tsp salt, or as needed
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder (see FAQs & Notes)
  • 45 sprigs of cilantro, leaves and tender parts of stems, chopped (see FAQs & Notes)
  • 23 medium green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium low heat.
  • When it starts shimmering, add the black peppercorns and let them sizzle for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the sliced garlic, lemon peel and the sliced chilies and let them sizzle for a minute.
  • Turn the heat down to low and add in the salt and Kashmiri red chili powder.
  • Swirl the saucepan around to combine everything well and let it continue to heat for 30 seconds.
  • Take it off the heat and squeeze in the juice of half the lemon.
  • Add in the chopped cilantro and sliced green onions and give the pan another swirl to combine everything well.
  • Pour the warm oil over the paneer cubes in a heat proof glass container.
  • Toss well, making sure the paneer is evenly coated with the infused oil.
  • Let the paneer marinate in the spicy olive oil over the counter for a couple of hours or refrigerate covered, until you are ready to serve (see FAQs & Notes for storing information)
  • Serve it as an appetizer with party picks or spooned over crostini. (see FAQs & Notes for additional serving ideas).