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Paneer Pakoda

Prep Time - 20 min
Fry time - 2-3 min
Serves - 2

For the batter
1 cup Gram Flour / Besan
a pinch Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt (to taste)
1 tsp Red Chili Powder
Water - to make a smooth batter of pouring consistency (around 1-2cups)

For the filling
10 Garlic Cloves, peeled
3-4 tbsp Coriander / Cilantro leaves
1-2 Green Chilies, roughly chopped
1/4 tsp Salt or less

Other ingredients
250 grams block of Cottage Cheese (click here for homemade paneer)
Oil - to deep fry

I. Make the coriander-garlic filling
In a pan, heat 1 teaspoon oil
Add the peeled garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute
Let it cool & add it to the blender
Add green chilli, coriander leaves & a pinch of salt
Add a few drops of water (I added about 2 teaspoons)
Grind / Mix / Blend to a smooth paste & keep aside

II. Make the batter
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, chili powder, salt, baking soda, turmeric powder & mix well
Slowly, add water. 1 cup at a time.
Beat well to form a smooth batter of pouring consistency.
The batter shouldn't be too thick nor too thin. Look at the pic below and
judge for yourselves how much water you have to pour

III. Preparing the Paneer / Cottage Cheese
Cut the cottage cheese / paneer into 2 inch long and 1/2 inch thick strips. (or any size you are comfortable with. But this works best and looks good too)
Very gently, cut each strip vertically into half, leaving one edge intact. Looks at the pic below
- Stuff the garlic-coriander filling into the slit of each cottage cheese/paneer strip.
All the cottage cheese fingers stuffed & ready to be fried -

IV. Final Step: Deep Frying
Dip each finger into the prepared batter
Gently drop into hot oil
Fry on both sides on medium heat until golden brown and crisp. (takes about 4 minutes)
Remove on a tissue paper
Serve with ketchup or any other dipping

> If you are a VEGAN, substitute Cottage Cheese for Silken Tofu
> You can prepare a batter of your choice. For example, instead of gram flour, use All purpose flour & pepper.
> If you make a slightly thicker batter, dip them & shallow fry them for a less fattening snack