Flavorful chunks of paneer dipped and coated with gram flour batter and deep-fried to make a paneer snack to be loved by one and all are paneer pakora. I have never liked the paneer pakora served at restaurants etc. They would be very bland. Therefore when I thought of making paneer pakora I tried to add some zing to it. And to do so the paneer cubes were marinated in spices etc. This made the paneer pakora totally delish.
Paneer dishes are the most popular in India. There are a number of starters as well as gravies prepared using paneer. Likewise, pakora can be said to be the most commonly prepared snack. When the most commonly prepared snack, pakora, is prepared with the most commonly used ingredient, paneer, it makes paneer pakora. Paneer pakora can be prepared for tea time or as party appetizers.
I always use homemade paneer for all my paneer recipes. In fact, whenever I have some surplus milk, I make paneer with it and thereafter make some paneer snacks or gravies. Paneer pakora is our favorite because it is a no-fuss and a quick snack and even loved by the kids. Following ingredients are required to make paneer pakora recipe:
Paneer: “How to make paneer” is not just a recipe, it calls for a number of tips and things to be kept in mind. And here you can find them all so that you make perfect paneer every time.
Spices and other flavors: Chaat masala, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt have been used to marinate the paneer cubes, along with little garlic paste.
Gram flour batter: Just as the dough for parathas is critical for perfect parathas, likewise perfect batter for pakoras is important to make perfect pakora. I plan to make a separate post for the perfect batter for pakodas. As of now following are the things which should be kept in mind:
As already mentioned pakora is one the most commonly prepared snack in Indian households. Different pakora are liked and prepared in Indian kitchens. Pakora is a simple and easy to make snack and the best part is it can be prepared with whatever ingredients are available. Onion bhajia, bread pakora, rice pakora and many more in our collection of pakora recipes!
Pierce in a toothpick and serve it as a party appetizer with the dip or chutney of your choice.
1.This recipe serves 6-8 persons.
2.Take 200 g paneer cubes in a bowl or plate. Add salt to taste, 1 tsp red chili powder, ¼ tsp garam masala powder, 1 tsp chaat masala powder, 1 tsp garlic paste. Leave it for 30 minutes.
Tips:Keep paneer in warm water for 10 minutes to make it soft. Drain away the water and use the paneer.
3.To make the batter for pakora, in a mixing bowl add ¾ cup of gram flour (besan), 1.5 tbsp rice flour (chawal ka atta), salt to taste, ¼ tsp turmeric powder.
4.Mix everything well and add water gradually.
5.Make a semi-thick batter.
6.Mix with hands for 5-7 minutes. The batter will be light and fluffy.
7.Once the paneer cubes have marinated for 30 minutes, heat enough oil for frying.
8.Put a cube in gram flour batter. Coat it well.
9.Put in hot oil.
10.Fry on medium flame till golden brown.
11.Finish off with little chaat masala.
12.Serve hot. Bon appetite!
PREP TIME 10 minutes + 30 minutes marination time
COOK TIME 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME 20 minutes + 30 minutes passive time
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