Pitter Patter!! Pitter Patter!!
If there’s one thing that surely takes you back to your childhood, it is rain. I bet you must be smiling now ;) Baarish or Rains bring back those nostalgic childhood memories. As kids we used to enjoy bathing in the rain, making small paper boats, playing in mud with friends, swinging in the park with friends!!
Ahh!! I am sure we all have Golden memories associated with Rains.
The Monsoon season or Rainy season not only brings rains and wet weather but also a time to relish special dishes.
There are so many scrumptious recipes which are a must have during this time. Beyond pakores, Kachoris, samosa and other savory dishes, the rainy season showers on you a variety of desserts too, like ghewar, feni, malpuas, kheer, sevai and many more monsoon special stuffs.
But one thing which is a must during rains is Pakoras. Pakoras and Rains are like marriage made in heaven ;) Pakoras or Pakodas or Bhajiya or Fritters are a deep fried snack made with any vegetable and a batter of gram flour.
This recipe, Paneer Pakoras, are my family’s favorite. In Dubai, we don’t have a rainy season as such but I really can’t hold myself back after seeing my fb and insta feed full of Pakoras during rains in India.
Paneer Pakora or Cottage Cheese Fritters are a deep fried and extremely popular and mouthwatering Indian snack. Soft and succulent paneer pieces are dunked in a gram flour batter and deep fried to obtain a nice crispy outer layer.
These pakoras can be made in two different ways-
1)without stuffing- paneer slices are dipped in batter and deep fried
2)with stuffing- stuffing is basically either green chutney or some masalas.
The recipe I am sharing is of the stuffed one. I have mixed some chaat masala and red chili powder with green Chutney to make the filling. However, you can make the pakoras either simple or with the filling, as per your taste and choice. Both ways they taste delicious and scrumptious.
Serve them hot with green chutney and tomato ketchup with a cup of tea/coffee. Rains or no rains this recipe is an all time favorite at my place.
This recipe of mine is going to my FB bloghop group Healthy Wellthy Cuisines, wherein participating bloggers share recipes every fortnight on a pre decided theme. This time the theme is #MonsoonTimeatHW
This theme was suggested by a dear friend and wonderful blogger
Poonam Bachhav who blogs at Annapurna
. Her blog is amazing collection of delicious recipes. I am planning to make Homemade Gulkand
following her recipe.
1- For Batter-
Gram flour or Besan- 1cup
Rice powder- 1 tablespoon
Carom seeds or Ajwain- 1/4th teaspoon
Coriander powder-½ teaspoon
Red chili powder-½ teaspoon
Garam masala powder-½ teaspoon
Chat masala powder-½ teaspoon
Turmeric powder-3/4th teaspoon
Baking soda-¼th teaspoon
Asafoetida/ hing- a pinch
2- Paneer or Cottage Cheese
approximately 400 grams of Paneer
(cut paneer into either squares or rectangular pieces of about 2”x2”cm and thickness of about ½ centimeter,
I have cut it into about 24 pieces)
3- Filling/ Stuffing
For making the filling paste ( This is an optional step. I am sharing my way of making them)
Green Chutney- 1/2 teaspoon
Salt- a pinch
Chaat masala- a pinch
Red chili powder- a pinch
Turmeric powder- a pinchDIRECTIONS:
Making Paneer Pakora Batter
In a bowl, take the besan (gram flour), ajwain, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, chaat masala powder, amchoor powder and salt.
Now add around ½ cup of water and mix very well with the help of a whisk. Break all the lumps.
Add in ½ more cup of water.
The batter should not be very thick nor too thin.
If the batter is too thick, then add more water.
Add in baking powder and mix everything well.
Keep it aside while you are doing other preparations.
Besan in the batter will swell up and will attain a good consistency.
Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of hot oil when you keep the oil for deep frying in the batter.
Mix well. Whisk briskly non-stop for 1 to 2 minutes to incorporate some air in the batter.
While the batter is resting let’s prepare the filling paste.
Making Filling Paste
Take all the ingredients listed under filling paste in a small bowl.
Mix everything well.
Put oil in a wok or kadai and put it on medium low flame while you assemble your pakoras.Preparing Paneer pakoras
Take one cut slice of paneer and spread about 1/8th teaspoon of the prepared filling chutney on the slice and cover it with another slice like a sandwich.
Repeat the same process for remaining ones.
Take the entire paneer sandwich in your hand and dip it in the besan batter.
Coat the paneer sandwich evenly with the besan batter.
Be gentle while dipping the sandwich in the batter.
Next and last part is frying the paneer pakoras.
Frying Paneer Pakoras
By now, your oil is hot and you can easily slid the besan batter coated paneer sandwich in the oil.
Do not overcrowd the kadai with pakoras. Otherwise it will become difficult to turn them.
Fry them in batches, three or four at a time depending on the size of the kadai you are using.
Fry on a medium high flame till they are crisp and golden brown.
Turn them gently and let the other side also get fried and become golden brown.
Drain them on a tissue paper. So that excess oil is absorbed.
Similarly fry all the paneer pakoras.
Serve paneer pakora hot or warm with coriander mint Chutney, khatti meethi Chutney or ketchup.