Thursday, September 17, 2009

SOFTY AND TASTY: PANEER PAKORA



Pakora or fritters can be turned into so much fun by adding so many different things and they are easy to make too. Onion, potato pakora (fritters) are the basic ones which every house in India and Pakistan enjoy once in a while specially in the rainy season, and they are a part of iftar too. I am always looking for new varieties or how to improve the old ones with some alterations. I had a packet of cottage cheese sitting in my fridge and I was in no mood of making any curry or tikka out of it, instead I wanted to try out something which I have not laid my hand onto and then something struck my mind, why not paneer pakora. I have seen many blogger friends posting about it but I wanted to do something else, but what??

I opened up my fridge and pantry and stared at the boxes and jars and packets of whatever laid in there and raced my mind, how to make my paneer pakoras different yet tasty?? Not getting any clue, I closed them and started making batter for pakoras, then came the turn of cheese to be cut down and now the picture was clear. I rushed to my fridge again and yahhoooo!! I had enough red chilli sauce and imli chutney in respective bottles to use. So I cut the paneer and sandwiched them having a mixture of both chutneys with chaat masala powder in between, wrapped in besan (gram flour batter) and fried . In no time these creamy softy were ready and not only my husband liked this new variety but also my daughter enjoyed it.

So here goes my version....




INGREDIENTS

BATTER OF GRAM FLOUR
1 PACKET COTTAGE CHEESE
RED CHILLI SAUCE
IMLI CHUTNEY
CHAAT MASALA POWDER TO TASTE


STEPS OF PREPARATION

1. Make the batter of gram flour (besan) as per directions from here.

2.Now cut the paneer(cottage cheese) into small chunks of 1/2 in thickness.

3.In a small bowl mix red chilli sauce, imli chutney (1:1 ratio or alter the ratio according to ur likings), add chaat masala powder and mix well.

4. Now take a plate and place half of them on it, apply the sauce you have just prepared and sandwich them with another piece, this way do all the pieces.

5.Roll them carefully in the batter and deep fry on medium heat till golden brown.

6.Serve hot with your favourite chutney or sauce.
***Lets continue celebrating last few days of Ramadan at Joy from fasting to feasting- season ii

18 comments:

  1. Delicious pakoda... perfect tea time snack... nice picture... feel like having some :)

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  2. Nice pictures....this is my favorite snack...looks tempting :)

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  3. Omg, mouthwatering dish..feel like having some rite now!

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  4. Wow...looks completely relishing recipe...love them anytime...thank u for sending them down to Ramadan event.

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  5. Thanks a lot for taking out time and leaving ur lovely comments..much appreciated

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  6. Wow! Love those pakoras! I am gonna grab all:)

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  7. Excellent pakoras.You have mutton achari recipe which is quite famous in pakistan,i eat at a pakistani restaurent here in dubai

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  8. Picture perfect !! :) looks too good Shaista...we had paneer pakoras at a cafe just last week....I am feeling like having these right now from your plate. have never made these before...will try it :)

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  9. thanks nandini, sireesha, varunavi and tulip.
    @varu: same recipe for chicken achari can be used for mutton..
    @tulip: u r welcomr dear, its worth a try..

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  10. Dear,
    Every pbs were solved.I will be back soon.tnx a lot for thinking of me.So kind of u.

    Luv this version!
    Luks crisp!...sould try.

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  11. Have a blessed Eid.Thanks for sharing your delicacies,dear Shaista :)

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  12. Looks lovely, can have it anytime with a cup of tea.

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  13. i love these pakoras... remnids me of the college days...

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  14. THANKS YASMEEN,A2ZVEGETARIAN AND HOME COOKEDORIYA FOOD...

    ITS GOOD TO HEAR FROM U SANGI...KEEP VISITING

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  15. Hey Shaista , paneer pakora looks mouth watering :)

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