Looking for Indian cottage cheese snack ideas for our next cocktail party?
Well I am going to be a bit candid here – most likely your search (looking through restaurant menus or online recipes) will end with Paneer Tikka or variations of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Paneer Tikka but I don’t quite love the fact that Indian cuisine gets food credits mostly in the space of spicy and savory food. As I travel around the globe, it’s endearing to witness far-reaching presence and acceptance for Indian cuisine. I do feel proud when people from different origins often tell me how much they relish Indian food (with a side not of “Oh boy it’s so rich”).
Sadly, this may also be true to some extent, for example if I think of an Indian appetizer to pair with a fine wine, I may be able to think of very few options. Having said that let’s acknowledge that Indian cuisine is assorted, with a historical presence of over 8000 years. It offers a wide gastronomic range influenced by the climate, soil, ethnicity and culture.Therefore, I often find many worlds like taste notes in Indian food.
Unfortunately, the global gastro geeks are yet to discover a lot of Indian food beyond the tikkas and curries. One of my sole reasons to conceptualize Honey Buzzard was this – to make people realize that Indian food is much diverse and also affable to other cuisines. Today my taste target is to create cottage cheese snack ideas to serve on wine evenings.
This new recipe is called Pesto Paneer Tikka, for which I am going to adapt an Indian cottage cheese tikka to an Italian taste. I personally enjoy creating friendships between recipes from Indian and other cuisines. It’s always so exciting to adapt from different cuisine cultures, and create an unexplored taste.
Pesto Paneer Tikka – Contemporary & a winner with white wine!
I usually experiment a lot with amalgamating Indian and Italian recipes. Today I am attempting to marry an Indian Tikka recipe and an Italian pesto sauce recipe. I am trying to create some cottage cheese snack ideas that pair perfect with wines and cocktails.
The proposition is to recreate the rather spicy Tikkas from traditional north Indian cuisine with a more delicate Italian pesto. The resulting taste of this fusion also references another very popular curry from northern India called Palak Paneer (cottage cheese cooked in spinach gravy). This curry is a tasteful contrast of creamy cottage cheese in a mildly savored spinach gravy. To some extent the cottage cheese grilled in a green basil sauce hints the taste notes of Palak Paneer recipe too!
In nutshell, I would introduce a plate of Pesto Paneer Tikka as an Indian personality with Italian sensibilities. Pesto Paneer Tikkas are perfect cottage cheese snack ideas for your next cocktail party. Pair them with a glass of Riesling or Pinot Grigio and you won’t regret it. Check them out!
What’s unique about Pesto Paneer Tikka?
The taste of the classic Italian Pesto in a char grilled style is a totally newfangled taste note
The cottage cheese paneer cooked with a nutty-cheesy Italian sauce is a dreamy creamy contrast
The adaptation of basil pesto sauce as marinate wipes away all the tikka spices making it a healthy choice