Jan 9, 2014

Paneer Pakora ( Indian Cottage Cheese Fritters) ~ Tea Time Snacks

It is so true that in the beginning I  am not fond of Paneer, in the past two years I have tried several variations with it and I started fallen in Love with it! The more varieties  you try with it the more you want to explore with this amazing protein filled Ingredient for Vegetarians. Today I have tried snack version out of it and it turn out be so delicious to match up with your Chai time instantly. Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Panner - 1/2 block ( or 250 g)
Besan ( Gram Flour) - 1 cup
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/4 tsp
Chat Masala - 1/4 tsp ( optional)
Cilantro or Mint - 1 tsp ( finely chopped)
Onion Rings and Lime - for Garnish and serving
Oil- for deep frying

  1. Take the Besan flour in a medium bowl and add all spices along with salt and baking powder. Mix all the dry ingredients well and keep it aside for 5 min. Now add water little by little to make it like a meidum consistency batter. Add chopped Cilantro or Herbs. Keep it aside for 10 min. 
  2. Chop the Paneer in thin slices ( like bite size squares, not cubes). Dip them in the batter until they are fully coated. Leave them there for 5 min. This will help the batter to be coated around all the corners. 
  3. Now heat the Oil in kadai and wait at least 5 min ( or 7 min), for it to be Hot and ready for deep trying.
  4. Now Carefully pick up the batter coated Panner Squares and drop them slowly into oil. Turn them over and let them cooked on both sides until they become Golden Color. We have to repeat this step in batches until you are done with all the paneer squares. 
  5. After frying take them out on to Paper Towls to remove excess oil from it. Once every thing is done arrange them on Platter and top with Onions Rings and Lime slices ( and Sprinkle some Coriander Powder) 

Ta Daaa, Delicious Chai Time Companion Panner Pakora are ready now to please the Crowd! :-)

  • Don't cut the Paneer into too small pieces, that will extract lot oil while it's frying and makes it very oily which you don't want.
  • Chat masala is optional spice that is used here for extra kick and zest. You can just add Amchur powder or totally eliminate this spice to make it less spicy.
  • For any deep frying dishes Hot Oil is critical, be patient and wait until the Oil Hot before you drop anything into it, it doesn't hurt to test it out first with small quantities. ( believe me, this step is test for my patience, now you know why I don't venture a lot in making deep frying stuff)

Have fun until we meet here,



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