There was a time when we were in school and during breaks in canteens we used to watch teachers sit and gossip with a cup of tea and pakoras bought from there. As we did not get so much pocket money those days so we had to be satisfied with the good old lunch box.
However, that never was a dampener for my liking of the pakoras. And as time passed, by the time I was in college and could afford pakoras, they were not as tasty as the ones in school which I used to have very rarely that too after pooling pocket money for weeks. Paneer pakora is a tasty appetizer and goes fabulous with Masala Chai.
400 gms, cut into thick square
1-1 1/2 cup Gram flour (besan)
1/4 tsp Ajwain
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp Corn flour
1 tsp Red chilly powder
1 tsp Garam masala powder
Baking soda a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Water to make the batter
Sprinkle some salt, turmeric, red chilly powder, ginger paste and corn flour over paneer pieces, mix well and leave aside for 15 minutes.
Prepare the batter by adding besan in a bowl, make a well in the center and add garam masala powder, ajwain, some salt and baking soda. Add enough water to make a thick paste. In the meantime heat oil in a deep pan. Assemble the paneer sandwich by applying Green Chutney on one side of a paneer piece and place another piece on top of it.
|Left: Batter, Right: Sandwich Paneer|
- You can easily skip green chutney and make single layer paneer pakora.
- Homemade paneer also works fine.