Strips of fresh cottage cheese (paneer) dipped in a mildly spiced chickpea batter and then deep fried.
Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
|Cottage cheese (paneer)||400 grams|
|Green chutney||1/2 cup|
|Red Chilli powder||1 1/2 teaspoons|
|Gram flour (besan)||1 1/2 cups|
|Ginger-garlic paste||1 teaspoon|
|Carom seeds (ajwain)||2 teaspoons|
|Soda bicarbonate||a pinch|
|Rice flour||2 tablespoons|
|Lemon juice||1 tablespoon|
|Oil||to deep fry|
Slit each paneer cube without cutting through. Apply the green chutney in the slit and set aside. Mix half teaspoon red chilli powder and salt in a plate and coat the sandwiched paneer with this mixture all over. Mix gram flour with ginger-garlic paste, carom seeds, soda bi carbonate, rice flour, remaining red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt. Add sufficient water and blend to make a thick and smooth batter. Set aside for ten to fifteen minutes. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Dip the sandwiched paneer cubes in the batter and deep fry till golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Serve hot with tomato ketchup or chutney of your choice.