Sizzling Jamaican Platter with cottage cheese and Jamaican rice

Sizzling Jamaican Platter

Sizzling Jamaican Platter with Jerk Cottage Cheese (Paneer) & Jamaican Rice brings the flavors of Jamaica in your own home!

Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica. A very hot spicy mixture called Jamaican jerk spice is used for marinating. This is a spicy, sweet, tangy seasoning which can be used to grill meat, Tofu, Paneer and vegetables. Jamaican Rice and Peas is a traditional dish cooked with beans and coconut milk. In the Caribbean, beans are referred as peas. This is a very flavorful dish and wholesome dish.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Ingredients 
Marinade for Paneer
½ cup spring onion, coarsely chopped
6 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
2 red fresh chilli
2 green chilli
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
3 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg powder
½ tsp dried thyme
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
250 grams paneer cut into big square pieces

For Rice
2 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
1 cup red kidney beans soaked and boiled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
1 tablespoon celery stem chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1 small bay leaf
½ tsp paprika
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
3 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
Salt to taste

For the stir fried peppers
½ cup Green pepper
½ cup red pepper
½ cup yellow pepper
1 large onion sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
½ teaspoon lemon juice
A few drops of Tabasco
Salt to taste

To serve
A cast iron sizzler plate.
Spring onion greens chopped
Celery leaves chopped

Directions

Rice

  • Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes.
  • Heat oil and butter in a pot, add bay leaf and garlic, saute for 1 minute.
  • Add onion and celery, saute.
  • Now add all the dry spices, salt and stir.
  • Add the drained rice, saute for a minute.
  • Add the boiled beans and water.
  • Stir and cook till half of the water has evaporated.
  • Now stir in the coconut milk and cook till done (add water if required) .
  • Adjust the seasoning.

Cottage cheese (Paneer)

Jerk Cottage Cheese, Marinade Jerk Cottage Cheese

  • Make a paste of all the marinade ingredients in a food processor. (Except cottage cheese)
  • Now marinate the cottage cheese pieces coating  well.
  • Leave to marinade for at least 2 hours.
  • Place the cheese pieces on a hot grill and turn after some time.
  • Brush the remaining marinade and grill till grill marks appear on all sides.

For the Stir fried peppers

Peppers & onion for Stir fry

  • Heat the oil in a pan on high heat. Add the sliced onions and all the peppers.
  • Saute the peppers on high heat with salt.
  • Add all the sauces and lemon juice, stir for a minute.
  • Take the pan off the heat.

How to serve

  • Heat a cast iron sizzler plate.
  • Arrange a few cabbage leaves.
  • Now fill a portion of rice in a bowl and press a little. Now invert it on the hot plate.
  • Arrange the cottage cheese pieces and some stir fried peppers. Garnish with greens of spring onion and chopped celery.
  • Enjoy!

Note: You can serve in a plate also.

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