Sunday, March 25, 2012

Foodbuzz 24X24 : A Tandoori Feast Party to Welcome Spring !

~~~ Spring is Nature's way of saying, "Let's Party!" ~~~
This quote by Robin Williams inspired me to start partying as spring is already in the air. The Plants are the first to feel the spirit and start blooming with happiness. The spring indeed  sets the mood to be merry and have loads of fun n frolic. I am so glad to welcome official onset of the spring (though enjoying warm sunny days for almost a month now)... Thanks to Steve Jobs for keeping us hooked to his itech world in the shady winters and stay tuned to our family n friends. But now its already spring and I like to go for morning walks  sans my ipod. Is time to enjoy listening to the natures music over your favorite numbers - the majestic rattle made by bells and chimes; chirping of the birds; quacking of the little ducks; blooming of flowers and bursting trees nodding to the fresh breeze in the air. The glowing grass with dew drops is perfect to step out and have power yoga in fresh air and doing some gardening with sowing seeds in my tiny pots. I simply love everything about spring and I'm Loving it more this season... !!!!!!!!

Spring is in the air... Yay !

So one thing is for sure that spring brings hope, happiness and lots of party time. It's time to spread love... ! It's time to relish food and cherish the moments spend with family and friends. This weekend I planned to have a small party with friends to welcome spring and a fabulous opportunity to join hands with passionate team of 24 bloggers across the globe during 24 hour period to make and share meals for Foodbuzz 24x24.  Here is the Menu of A Tandoori Indian Cook Out Party @ Home !

We started with Appetizers: -
Tandoori Achaari (pickled) Potatoes on a Stick

Who can resist this... raise your hands !!!

Recipe of Achaari Aloo (Potato) Kebabs:
Baby Potatoes: 10-12 (Washed and parboiled)
For Marinate :
Yogurt: 2-3 tsp
1/2 tsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
Salt & Red chilli powder to taste
1/2 tsp Chaat masala
Achaari Masala: 1/2 tsp
Tandoori Paste: 1/2 tsp
Finely chopped Cilantro leaves

Wash and par boil a bowl full of baby potatoes.
Heat Olive oil in a pan. Add ginger garlic Paste & all the spices. Roast lightly for 5-6 minutes.
Add this mix to Yogurt in a bowl and gently mix to make a paste like consistency. 
Now put  the potatoes with jackets in the mixture and toss to coat all the potatoes well. If you want, you can peel the skin too.
Cover the bowl and keep in refrigerator for atleast 45 mins to 60 minutes. 
Take a wooden skewer and put the marinated potatoes. 
Repeat the process to make more skewers.
Spray oil on the grill and  slowly lay the skewers.
Turn the  skewers around after 5-6  minutes to ensure all the sides are grilled.
A dash of chat masala on skewers makes it little more tangy.
Enjoy with Fresh Mint/cilantro chutney...!!!

Mini Sweet peppers on skewers with a Healthy Diet of Greens
Fresh Lot of smoky mini peppers ready to go...

followed by some piping hot Grilled Tomato & Cilantro Shorba (Tangy Curried Indian Soup).
and a visit to Kiddie special snack bar

Kids loved these little Choco Eggs...

Moving on to main course: -
Stuffed Paneer Steak (Indian cheese marinated with spices, stuffed with mint sauce & grilled to perfection)

Love the color !!!

Recipe of Paneer Steak:
Paneer (Indian Cottage cheese): 250gms 
Fresh mint sauce (mint- coriander Chutney): 2 tsp
Tandoori Paste: 1 tsp
Sweet tamarind sauce to garnish
Cilantro to garnish
Chaat masala - dash to sprinkle on top

Thinly paneer into squares almost 1.5 inch X 1.5 inch. 
We need two squares to make one steak (2=1; 8=4).
Spread chutney on a paneer slice & place another slice on top of it. 
Gently coat it with tandoori paste.
Leave in refrigerator for min 45 mins.
Grill for 7-8 minutes on each side, till you get the smoky flavor.
Sizzle a dash of sweet tamarind chutney and garnish with cilantro.
Sprinkle some chat masala on top, & here you go...

Onion Kulcha - Oven roasted Indian bread served with Tangy Onion spiced chickpeas

These disappeared in no time !!!

For sides we had: -
Spicy Indian Fried Rice
Healthy Tomato Rice with spinach greens

And finally desserts: -
Gulab Jamun with Ice Cream - an all time fvt at all Indian Parties :)
Roasted nuts Panjiri Mix - we made a fresh batch for the occasion

Crunchy & Yumm... Best for last !!!
We had a great time having our friends over, cooking & eating with them. Hope you enjoyed this virtual feast. I plan to share some more recipes in coming posts. So watch the space.

Enjoy life churning your best self to the hilt till the sun rises with spring surprises for your dear ones. Take Care .........!!!!!!!!!!!  


  1. Congratulations on the 24x24! It looks delicious :) Man, that paneer steak! And I've never had pickled potatoes, I am both intrigued and somewhat salivating ;)

  2. Wow..what a feast !
    Everything looks delicious and inviting..

  3. wow i am drolling here such a nice feast

  4. wow i am drolling here such a nice feast

  5. Thank you so much everyone. Yea we all enjoyed it especially the kids had a blast at home. Cheers, Sonia

  6. Sonia, this is truly a fantastic spread. I love all those dishes and and your photos are stunning. Congrats on your wonderful 24x24.

  7. i love the idea of potatoes on a stick. I actually might use that one for a dinner party we are having this weekend!

  8. Congrats on the 24x24! Everything looks so delicious. My favorite is the pickled potatoes...yum!

  9. Congrats on the 24x24 post! I need to try those potatoes! They look awesome and who can resist food on a stick!?

  10. Congrats on the feature! The tandoori party displays a great deal of your talent and work!

  11. Wow! Sonia! You sure know how to throw a Spring fling!!! Everything sounds amazing! I'd love to throw a Tandoori Party. (or be invited to one:)

    Thanks for sharing...

  12. It's a great feeling to get words of appreciation from all the expert cooks themselves. I really wish that one day we all get to meet and have a gala party. Thanks everyone. Best regards, sonia

  13. Congrats on your 24 event! It looked wonderful~ that paneer is making me hungry!

  14. Wow!!!wonderful treat.Everything looks so ymmmm!Potatoes &Paneer too tempting.Difficult to resist dear!!!

  15. Beautiful and delicious way to start the new season, Sonia :) You're on spring and down here I'm celebrating Autumn, funny!

    Congrats on the 24x24 and gorgeous clicks too!

  16. Sonia, congratulations on the 24x24. You did it so well! I always love your photography, and I'm eying on the potato kebabs. First it looks like Japanese mochi but those are potato balls! How adorable! I enjoyed your post. Wonderful job!

  17. What a wonderful 24x24!! Well done. :)

  18. Thankyou so much guys for stopping by and all the generous words. Cheers, Sonia !

  19. congrats on the 24x24:) That paneer looks amazing! Indian food is def one of my favs

  20. congrats.....beautiful cliks n wonderful recipes......loved it.

  21. What a feast!! Each dish looks more delicious than the last.

  22. Absolutely love the first photo.. it screams SPRING :) That is such a beautiful feast and that onion kulcha .. yummy.

  23. Everything looks so amazing, I'm loving the potato kebabs!! Congrats on the 24x24 :)

  24. I Thank Each One of You for your supporting comments and best wishes. Regards, Sonia

  25. Congratulations on your 24x24 event.
    everything nicely presented.Splendid

  26. Congrats on 24x24 -- that's a delicious spread of spring food!!

  27. Its been so long since I ate Panjiri. Your post brought back so many memories! And the kulcha ! Divine!


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