This can be considered as a Basic Marinade for Vegetarian Barbecue Recipes, almost all the vegetables can be dipped in this marinade before they go to the grill.
Thick Yogurt – 1 kg
Cream - 50 ml
Ginger paste – 1tsp
Garlic paste – 1tsp (optional)
Red Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Cumin (Jeera Powder) – 1 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Corn flour - 1-2 tbsps
Refined oil - 1 -2 tbsps to toss the vegetables and also while grilling you need to brush this on to the vegatebles.
Salt - to taste
Hang the thick yogurt overnight in a soft muslin cloth so in the morning all the water would be drained.
Then turn out the yogurt mixture in a glass bowl and keep aside. Add 50 ml of cream this allows easy cooking and gives a rich texture to the vegetables. Now Add all the other ingredients and mix well. The lemon juice when combined with the salt and spices tenderizes the vegetables and allows the spice to enter the vegetables easily. The corn flour thickens the marinade and also enables to coat the vegetables well.
Heat some oil in a wok and toss the washed and cut vegetables into it and sir fry for 2 minutes before u add them to the marinade, this not only helps the vegetables to absorb the marinade well but also tenderizes it slightly allowing it to cook faster on the grill.
This can be considered as a Basic Marinade which works well with almost all vegetables. Marinade changes for every vegetable cooked in the tandoor / grill. No tenderizers are required, only spices, oils and pastes will do. So you can see it is very healthy.