If you are bored of regular Pakoda’s with your evening tea or coffee, try a different taste of pakoda made with the addition of Paneer. Cottage cheese / Paneer pakoda’s make the perfect light appetizer, great for the family or for treating your sudden guests. This is a quick recipe with no prior preparation required. You get the spice taste of tomato ketchup with chaat masala and then the paneer gives a delicious flavor in your mouth. Try it out for yourself!

Preparation Time : 15 minutes 

Serves : 3-4 persons 

Ingredients :

Cottage cheese / Paneer : 300 grams 

Tomato Ketchup : 3 tablespoons 

Curry leaf / Curry patta / Narasingha paat : 10-12

Chaat Masala : 1 tablespoon 

Gram Flour / Besan : 1/2 cup 

Turmeric powder / Haldi : 1/4 teaspoon 

Baking powder / soda : 1/4 teaspoon 

Water as required 

Salt as per taste 

Refined oil for deep frying 

Method :

Cut the paneer into 1 inch slices as shown in the picture. For one pakoda two thin slices of Paneer will be required. Place one piece of each pakoda on a plate and apply some tomato ketchup. Place a curry leaf and sprinkle some chaat masala. 

Cover it with the other paneer slice and keep aside. 

In the mean time heat oil in a kadhai or pan for deep frying the pakoda’s. In a bowl take the Besan. Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix well. And enough water to make a semi thick batter. Stir in the baking powder or soda when you are ready to fry and mix well. 

Now take the paneer sandwiches and coat it in the batter. Deep-fry till golden brown. Drain excess oil in a kitchen towel. 

Arrange in a platter, sprinkle chaat masala and serve hot with tomato sauce.

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