Paneer Pakoda ~ with a twist!
Paneer Pakoda or Cottage Cheese dumplings are perfect appetizers for a party or a perfect evening snack. The soft cheese is dipped in a chickpea flour batter and deep fried. Well – basically. But an innovative idea I had seen on TV compelled me to try this version. Not only am I frying the paneer pieces, but I’m even stuffing them with a spicy chutney! So when you bite the pakoda, you’ll come across different flavors and textures! 🙂
Disclaimer: Possible chances of obesity if consumed regularly and in large quantities! 😉
PANEER PAKODA RECIPE
Prep Time – 20 min
Fry time – 2-3 min
Serves – 2
For the batter
1 cup Gram Flour / Besan
a pinch Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt (to taste)
1 tsp Red Chili Powder
Water – to make a smooth batter of pouring consistency (around 1-2cups)
For the filling
10 Garlic Cloves, peeled
3-4 tbsp Coriander / Cilantro leaves
1-2 Green Chilies, roughly chopped
1/4 tsp Salt or less
250 grams block of Cottage Cheese (click here for homemade paneer)
Oil – to deep fry
I. Make the coriander-garlic filling
In a pan, heat 1 teaspoon oil and saute whole garlic cloves for 1 min
Let it cool & add it to the blender
Add green chilli, coriander leaves, a pinch of salt and few drops water.
Grind / Mix / Blend to a smooth paste & keep aside
II. Make the batter
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, chili powder, salt, baking soda & mix well
Slowly, add water. 1 cup at a time mixing well.
Beat well (with a manual or electric beater) to form a smooth batter of pouring consistency.
III. Preparing the Paneer / Cottage Cheese
Cut the cottage cheese / paneer into 2 inch long and 1/2 inch thick strips. (or any size you are comfortable with. But this works best and looks good too)
Very gently, cut each strip vertically into half, leaving one edge intact
Stuff the garlic-coriander filling into the slit of each cottage cheese/paneer strip
IV. Final Step: Deep Frying
Dip each finger into the prepared batter
Gently drop into hot oil. Fry on both sides on medium heat until golden brown and crisp. (takes about 4 minutes)
Remove on a tissue paper
Serve with ketchup or any other dipping
- If you are a VEGAN, substitute Cottage Cheese for Silken Tofu
- You can prepare a batter of your choice. For example, instead of gram flour, use All purpose flour & pepper.
- If you make a slightly thicker batter, dip them & shallow fry them for a less fattening snack
- To make it more simpler, skip the stuffing part. Just dip paneer into the batter & deep fry them.