|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 37g||48%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||54%|
|Total Carbohydrate 15g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Paneer pakoras are Indian paneer cheese cubes or slices fried in a gram flour (chickpea flour, also sometimes just called "besan") batter. Ah fried cheese, is there anything more indulgent? Fried Indian paneer cheese, battered and fried like a traditional Indian pakora is absolutely delicious.
Paneer pakoras are made with chickpea flour, which is "stickier" than regular flour when making pakoras. Check in a large health food store or take a trip to a local Asian grocer if your regular grocer doesn't stock it. It's a common ingredient in vegetarian Indian cooking, and, since it keeps well, you can also always order some chickpea flour online.
If you don't want to use the traditional cooking method of using ghee (Indian butter), any high-heat cooking oil will do—you can use peanut oil for a nice flavor, canola oil, safflower oil or sunflower oil, or, just use generic vegetable oil.
1 (250-gram) package paneer cheese, sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices or cubes
1 cup chickpea flour (or gram flour, or besan)
2 teaspoons ghee, or high-heat cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon garam masala, optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
1/3 to 1/2 cup water
Oil, for frying
Gather the ingredients.
Whisk together the chickpea flour, oil or ghee, garam masala, salt, and chili powder. Slowly incorporate water, adding just enough to form a thick batter.
Dip each paneer slice in batter, turning to coat well.
Fry in hot oil just until lightly golden brown.
These fried paneer slices are best when they're fresh, so enjoy your paneer pakoras hot.