A simple and quick snack dish with paneer, which can be had at teatime or as a side dish at meals.
Fresh Paneer 200 gms; few pods garlic, small ginger piece, 1 – 2 chillies; chilli powder; oil for frying; ¼ tsp turmeric powder; ¼ tsp ground ajwain; salt to taste.
Cut Paneer into small cubes. Grind ginger, chillies and a few garlic pods with salt. Apply the paste to the paneer cubes and keep for half an hour.
Mix together besan (chick pea) flour, pinch of turmeric, chilly powder and a little hot oil. Add water to form batter with consistency that can make it stick to the paneer.
Heat oil in a kadai or frying pan.
Dip the marinated paneer cubes into this batter and fry till golden brown. Serve hot with tomato sauce, ketchup or pudina chutney.
-You can reduce or omit the chillies and chilli powder altogether according to taste preference.
-If in a hurry you can skip the ½ hour of marinating time and continue with the pakodas.
-Paneer is an Indian variety of fresh cottage cheese, prepared by curdling milk and pressing out the water. Available in food stores and dairies.