Easy Paneer Sliders Recipe: Ingredients, Tips & Serving Ideas

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Written By Haryana’s Restaurant

Authentic Indian Food – Classic Indian Cuisine in Terrace BC

Imagine biting into a juicy, flavorful slider that’s a delightful twist on the classic. That’s exactly what you get with paneer sliders, a fusion dish that combines the hearty goodness of Indian paneer with the all-American favorite, the slider. Paneer, a fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine, is known for its mild flavor and firm texture, making it the perfect star for these mini burgers.

Ingredients

To create your delectable paneer sliders, gather the following fresh and flavorful ingredients. Each component is carefully selected to enhance the melding of Indian and American culinary delights.

For the Paneer Filling

  • 250 grams paneer, sliced into 1/2 inch thick pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped (adjust according to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Slider Buns

  • 12 mini burger buns, preferably whole wheat for a healthier option
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

For the Other Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons mint chutney
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • Lettuce leaves, as needed

Equipment Needed

To prepare your paneer sliders efficiently, having the right equipment on hand will make the cooking process smoother and more enjoyable. Below is a list of the essential tools you’ll need to craft these delicious fusion burgers:

  • Mixing Bowls: You’ll need various sizes for marinating the paneer and mixing the spices.
  • Non-stick Skillet: Essential for sautéing the paneer and spices, ensuring nothing sticks and burns.
  • Grill Pan or Outdoor Grill: For giving the paneer those nice, charred lines and extra flavor.
  • Spatula: A sturdy spatula will be helpful for flipping the paneer slices delicately without breaking them.
  • Sharp Knife: To chop vegetables and slice the paneer into perfect squares or rectangles.
  • Cutting Board: Necessary for slicing the ingredients and keeping your countertop clean.
  • Measuring Spoons and Cups: Precision in measuring spices and condiments is key to achieving the perfect flavor balance.
  • Toaster or Oven: To toast the slider buns to golden brown perfection.
  • Serving Platter: To assemble and serve your sliders attractively, ensuring they look as good as they taste.

Prep the Ingredients

Before jumping into cooking, begin by preparing and organizing all the ingredients you’ll need for your paneer sliders. This step ensures a smooth cooking process and keeps everything readily accessible.

Marinate the Pane Aner

  1. Start by cutting the paneer into slices approximately 1/2-inch thick. This size is perfect for ensuring that each slider gets an ample and even piece of paneer.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and 1 teaspoon of garam masala. Add salt to taste and mix these spices with two tablespoons of oil to create your marinade.
  3. Place the paneer slices in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Make sure each slice is evenly coated on both sides.
  4. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and let the paneer marinate for at least 30 minutes. For deeper flavors, you can marinate for up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Prepping the Toppings for Paneer Sliders

  1. Meanwhile, wash and slice the fresh vegetables needed for the sliders. You’ll need thin slices of cucumber, red onion, and tomato. Each slice should be thin enough to add flavor without overwhelming the paneer.
  2. Separate the lettuce leaves, wash them, and pat them dry with a paper towel. Keeping the leaves whole will allow you to layer them neatly on the sliders.
  3. If you haven’t already, this is a perfect time to slice your slider buns if they are not pre-cut. A sharp bread knife will help you get clean cuts.
  4. Set all your prepared toppings aside on a platter, arranged neatly: the lettuce leaves, slices of cucumber, tomato, and onion. This will make the assembly of your sliders quick and efficient.

Cook the Paneer

Now that your paneer has marinated beautifully, it’s time to cook it to perfection. You can choose either pan-frying or grilling, depending on your preference or the tools you have at hand.

Pan-Frying Method

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and add two tablespoons of vegetable oil. Allow the oil to heat up until it shimmers.
  2. Carefully place the marinated paneer slices into the skillet. Make sure they are not overcrowded to ensure even cooking.
  3. Cook the paneer for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until each piece has a golden-brown crust. The spices should release a fragrant aroma, signaling they are perfectly cooked.
  4. Once done, transfer the paneer onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

Grilling Method

  1. Preheat your grill to a medium-high heat, around 375°F (190°C). If using a charcoal grill, the coals should be uniformly gray with ash.
  2. Brush the grill grates lightly with oil to prevent sticking. Place the marinated paneer slices directly on the grill.
  3. Grill the paneer for 3-4 minutes on each side, turning once carefully with a spatula or tongs. Look for grill marks and a slight char to add a smoky flavor.
  4. Remove the paneer from the grill once it’s done and place it onto a clean plate. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm.

Choose whichever method suits your taste and equipment. Both will yield deliciously cooked paneer, ready to be layered onto your slider buns.

Assemble the Sliders

Now that your paneer is perfectly cooked, it’s time to put together your mouth-watering paneer sliders. Let’s make every layer count!

Toast the Buns

Begin by heating your skillet over medium heat. Brush your slider buns lightly with butter or oil. Place them cut-side down in the skillet. Toast them gently until they turn golden brown and crispy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the buns from the skillet and set them aside on a plate. This step will give your sliders a delightful crunch and prevent them from getting soggy once filled.

Serving Suggestions

After you’ve assembled your paneer sliders with those toasted, golden-brown buns and flavorful marinated paneer, it’s time to think about how to serve them to make the meal truly special. Here are some delightful ways to bring your paneer sliders to the table:

Accompany with Indian-Inspired Sides

To keep with the fusion theme, opt for sides that blend Indian flavors with traditional American picnic fare. Think about serving a tangy mint yogurt dip or a small bowl of tamarind chutney alongside your sliders. These not only enhance the flavors but also add a refreshing contrast.

Add a Fresh Salad

A crisp, light salad can be a perfect side to the rich taste of paneer sliders. A simple arugula salad tossed with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a light lemon vinaigrette complements the dish wonderfully. This not only adds a splash of color but also balances the meal.

Offer a Variety of Toppimg Options

Set up a mini topping bar that includes options like sliced red onions, pickled vegetables, and an array of chutneys. This allows your guests to customize their sliders to their taste preferences, making the eating experience even more interactive and fun.

Pair with Beverages

Pair your paneer sliders with chilled beverages. A glass of mango lassi or cold spiced tea pairs brilliantly with the spices of Indian cuisine, while providing a soothing balance to the palate.

Considering these serving suggestions, you ensure that your paneer sliders are not just a meal, but a delightful dining experience that everyone will remember.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve got the scoop on crafting the perfect paneaver sliders it’s your turn to bring this delightful dish to life. Whether you’re hosting a party or looking for a unique family dinner these sliders are sure to impress. Remember to play around with the toppings and sides to suit your taste and the occasion. Enjoy the burst of flavors and the joy of sharing a homemade meal with your loved ones. Happy cooking!

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