When it comes to finger food, Chip & Dip or Chips and Salsa is a common favorite. But if you are bored eating or serving the same old routine stuff, then dress up your ingredients and go the uncommon way by making this Spicy but Creamy Jalapeño paneer and Corn Dip. Unlike the other Dip recipes, I substitute Yogurt instead of the Cheese for the base. The Crumbled Paneer mixed with the fresh corn kernels gives it a lovely texture that is perfect with a piece or two of chips or fries. but the star ingredient, of course, is the Jalapeño – it gives the recipe the kick you need, without making it overly spicy.
I add a hint of dried basil to give it a bit of flavor. You can skip it, if you want, or replace it with some thing else, like Kasuri Methi or Rosemary. Sending this over to Sara’s Corner, who’s hosting Monthly Mingle this time.
Spicy Jalapeno Paneer & Corn Dip
1/2 cup shredded or crumbled paneer
1/2 cup sweet corn kernels – thawed
2 jalapeño chillies – diced
1 cup yogurt
a pinch of salt
a pinch of dried basil leaves (optional)
1/4 cup shredded swiss or Monterey jack cheese
Thaw the corn kernels, if using frozen kind; then microwave them in a bowl of water for about 3 minutes to make them soft. Remove water and drain the corn kernels.
Mix all the ingredients in the blender with 2 tbsp yogurt. Grind to a fine paste, then keep adding more yogurt and blend to form a smooth dip-like consistency.
Check for taste, and add more salt or jalapeños if needed.
Transfer the Spicy Paneer Jalapeño Corn Dip to a serving bowl and serve with some hot Tortilla chips or any other munchies.
Easy Appetizer Recipe Idea
I used this dip to make some fancy fuss-free appetizers – layer a couple Tortilla chips, spoon a serving of the Paneer & Corn Dip on the top, then drizzle a dot or two of Salsa. cover with another layer of Tortilla chips, topped with some shredded Mexican 4-Cheese blend. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the stacked Tortilla chips on the tray. Broil in a preheated oven (250 deg F) for about 3 minutes till the cheese melts. Serve this quick and easy appetizer at your next entertaining event!