Paneer Pakode

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

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

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.