Paneer Amritsari

A fresh coriander chutney adds zing to paneer cheese in Mehernoosh Mody's recipe for a traditional Indian snack
By Mehernosh Mody
Paneer Amritsari
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  • Serves: 6-8
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

main

  • 500 g paneer, thinly sliced
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 tsp chaat masala

For the coriander chutney:

  • 1/2 bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/2 green mango, cubed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt

For the batter:

  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ajwain seeds
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 200 g gram flour
  • large pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • salt

Method

1. First make the coriander chutney. Place the coriander, chillies, mango, lemon juice and salt in a food processor.

2. Blend together into a paste.

3. Sandwich together slices of paneer with some of the coriander chutney.

4. Now make the batter. In a mixing bowl, mix together the ginger paste, garlic paste, ajwain, chilli, gram flour, bicarbonate and salt. Whisk in just enough water to form a thick, lump-free batter.

5. Heat the oil for deep-frying in a wok or deep-fat fryer. Dip each paneer 'sandwich' into the batter just before frying. Fry in batches until crisp and golden brown.

6. Remove the deep-fried paneer from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Sprinkle over the chaat masala.

7. Serve at once accompanied by the remaining coriander chutney.

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