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Quick Paneer Pakodas

16 Jan

Paneer Pakoda tops the list of quick vegetarian snacks especially when you want to cook something special in just a few minutes ! Take my niece’s birthday party, for example. I just had 10 mins with me to prepare a hot and tasty treat for her 25 odd friends and I could think of nothing other than crunchy paneer pakodas !

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What you need( Ingredients)

1. 400 gms cubed cottage cheese(paneer)

2. 1 cup chickpea flour( besan)

3. A pinch of baking soda

4. 1/2 tsp black indian salt( kala namak), you can add a little more as per taste

5. 1/2 cup water

6. 1 tbsp. pasted garlic

7. 1/2 tsp. carrom seeds( ajwain)

8. 1/2 tsp cumin-coriander powder (made with both ing 1:1) ratio

9. 1 tsp. red chilli powder

10. 1/2 tsp asafoetida( hing)

11. 2 cups cooking oil of your choice

Directions

1. Pour the oil into a wok and heat on medium heat

1. Mix all the dry ingredients well in a bowl and add water slowly with constant stirring to prevent formation of lumps.

2. Once a homogenous batter is obtained, add the cubed paneer.

3. Mix the paneer in the batter well ensuring that each piece is coated fully with the batter.

4. Take a pinch of the batter and drop it into the heated oil to see if it is ready for frying. The pakodas are ready for frying when the small dollop of batter gets fried instantaneously and rises to the surface of the oil in a golden brown color.

5. Once the oil attains the desired temperature, drop the batter-coated paneer cubes one by one or in clusters( here I dropped in clusters as I had no time) in the oil and fry till they attain a golden brown color with crispy texture

Tip- Do not turn the pakodas when frying till the bottom surface is cooked. You will come to know this when you see the periphery of the pakodas attain a golden brown color. Then, you can turn them over and fry them a bit if required. If you have put enough oil there is no necessity to turn at all. You can just wait for the pakodas to get fried till golden brown.

Serving

Serve them hot with tomato dip after sprinkling with a bit of pepper on top.

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