Paneer Pakora (Cheese fritters)

Ingredients:
 
  • Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – 450 gm (1 lb)
  • Besan (Bengal gram flour) – 2 cups
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1 pinch [optional]
  • Green chutney – 1 cup
  • Chaat masala – 1 tbsp
  • Water – 1 cup approx. (for making the pakora batter)
  • Cooking oil to fry
  • Salt

Method:
 
  1. Cut the paneer in 5 cm (2x2 in) square thin slices 0.5 cm (1/4 in). 
  2. Prepare a batter by adding besan, salt, garam masala, red chili powder, turmeric and a pinch of baking soda in a bowl. Add water and mix well into a thick batter.
  3. On the paneer slices, apply a layer of green chutney and cover it with another paneer slice. It will look like a sandwich.
  4. Heat cooking oil for frying the pakoras. Check the temperature, if it is medium hot.
  5. Gently dip these sandwiches in the pakora batter and cautiously add to the heated oil.
  6. Fry until golden turning occassionally to allow both sides to cook evenly. Drain on kitchen paper. 
  7. Sprinkle some chaat masala onto the pakoras while hot.
  8. After a couple of minutes, cut the pakoras diagonally and serve hot.
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