Paneer Pakode

Paneer-Pakode-with-chatni

Paneer Pakode with Chatni

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
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
Cottage cheese (paneer)400 grams
Green chutney1/2 cup
Red Chilli powder1 1/2 teaspoons
Saltto taste
Gram flour (besan)1 1/2 cups
Ginger-garlic paste1 teaspoon
Carom seeds (ajwain)2 teaspoons
Soda bicarbonatea pinch
Rice flour2 tablespoons
Lemon juice1 tablespoon
Oilto deep fry

Preparation:
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.

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