Saturday, July 26, 2008

Paneer 65 ~ Indian Cottage Cheese Fried with Spices for Golden Fried Love!

Now who wouldn't love Paneer! Yeah there could be some, but mostly they would be non vegetarians. But Konda, even if she eats chicken, can easily give up for a Paneer treat. As I have mentioned many times, she wants to be served Paneer Butter Masala every week, if not once in 10 days. Now that's too much of calories for the adults at home. Though I don't mind one or two serving myself, I feel I could easily avoid that extra buttery stuffing it does to our waistline!

When she likes Paneer as such, why go to the extent of cooking it in lots of butter, nuts, and cream. So Paneer 65, is the best alternative, she has the Paneer craving attacks. Very simple to make, yet no compromise on the taste of eating just Paneer! Since we have the habit of making Paneer whenever there is some extra milk at home, Paneer gets stored through the week. When I saw a big stab of Paneer lying around begging for attention, all I had to do is ask Konda if she wants some Paneer. And you can see excitement simmering in her eyes!

Having confirmed, I marched to the kitchen with all things, and what do I see following me! The ducklings follow me in line. Yep, my three ducklings. Konda was gifted a toy duck with three ducklings on her first birthday. Hubby dear always teased me saying I am the mother duck, with one duckling. When the twins were born, he was more than happy on his words coming true. When I was hurrying up making these Paneer 65, my three little ducklings were eagerly waited to be fed! Believe me, Paneer got vanished in flat 5 mins, seriously!

Before I get on, just wanted tell you know that my sister in law, Pavani has a blog on her own now! Do drop in her blog, Food Lovers and check out what's gets cooked there!

Ingredients Needed:

Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese - 400 gms, cubed into big pieces.
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Corn Flour - 1 tbsp
Besan / Gram Flour - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Lime juice - 1 medium
All purpose flour / Maida - 1 tbsp

Oil for frying
Method to prepare:

Cube the paneer into a 5 inch squares. In a bowl, take the paneer, add the salt, ginger garlic paste, chili powder, Cumin powder, Garam masala along with Corn Flour and Besan. It should coat the Paneer well.

Then squeeze out the seeds and add the lemon juice to the Paneer cubes. Let it rest for 5 - 10 mins.

Make a thick batter of the all purpose flour with little water.

Heat oil in a pan. Once its hot, simmer. dip the paneer cubes in the maida batter, and gently drop into the hot oil.

Since Paneer is tender, it gets cooked very fast, so turn it immediately and cook on both sides till they are golden brown.

Remove on a kitchen towel and serve hot!

Happy eating and happy weekend!

Just 5 days more for the Soups and Stews to get simmered in Microwave for MEC, hope you are getting them ready! I am planning to make some this weekend, hopefully!

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srikars kitchen said...

wow... looks yummy and mouth watering dear... nice click...

satya said...

Yeah, I remember that yellow duck and the three ducklings attached to that....and We'd tease our aunt whose three children never left her pallu at social gatherings.

Arundathi said...

bake bake bake! :) paneer tastes great baked too!!

delhibelle said...

That looks sooo... yum!
I am always confused if 65 dishes are dry or w/sauce, because I have seen both versions in Singapore/Bangalore.
Whatever, but I find that paneer too yummy to care!
This I def. want to make:)

ServesYouRight said...

Yum! Deep fried looooooove :-)


Seema said...

These look great & sure taste yum yum too :-)

Divya Vikram said...

Looks too tempting Valli..Have some tofu at home..Maybe I should try tofu 65..

Cham said...

Sounds a great appetizer :) Yummy

AnuZi said...

I love Paneer 65!! I'm back and in full swing of cooking. happy to see your yummy blog full of new recipes. Yummy reads ahead!!

Suma Rajesh said...

looks yummy and fabulous appetizer...nice entry

Aparna said...

Paneer is one thing my daughter just loves to bits. And this freied version comes second place to Paneer Butter Masala!
She could have it every day.

Simran said...

I love Paneer in all forms too, but deep fried paneer...just can' resist it

Cynthia said...

The next time I am entertaining, I'll definitely make this as one of the appetizers.

bhags said...

long time i had anything fried....guess i have to make some of these soon

Ranjani said...


vegeyum said...

Golden Fried Love. My what a magical name. I have to make them.

Divya said...

I came to check for any new entries and checked the url twice..your blog looks so pretty was pretty before,now its even more prettier!!Good job!

Srivalli said...

Thank you sure is a delicacy!

satya, thats funny to know!..but I do hope my ducklings don't do that!..:)

Arundathi, ok time you bake and give me ok..heheh

Reshmi, there are many varieties I suppose..but really doesn't matter..this surely is a nice way to enjoy that!

Smita, glad you have this love!

Divya, I think you should give it a shot!

AnuZi, hey welcome back..will come and check out soon..your last title was too good..

Aparna, I guess its with every child right!

Jen, thanks, do let me know if you try them

Divya, thank you!..

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