Paneer Pakoda Waffles are crispy savory Indian fritters
Born and brought up in India, we would eat different types of Pakodas which is also called Bhajiyas and in english they are called Fritters.
Pakoda is my go to food for a hearty snack. It always hits the spot with some garam garam chai or coffee. The crunch from Pakodas and the rainy weather goes hand in hand. The crunch and flavor in every bite will always want you to eat more. Checkout this quick and easy recipe for Paneer Pakoda that is healthy as well as so delicious.
Pakodas or Pakoras are deep fried Indian snack, usually made with vegetables and spiced batter. Paneer Pakodas contain paneer with the spiced gram flour batter and these are healthy as they are made in waffle maker that uses less oil.
Pakoras are huge part of Indian street food. There are many vendors that serve them along with hot cup of masala chai or coffee.
The best time to eat them is during monsoon season or rainy weather when it is gloomy. The crunch bites along with sips or tea or coffee is everything you need to make your day better.
How to make Paneer Pakoda Waffles?
Form a thick batter using chickpea flour, semolina, turmeric, salt, red chili powder, asafetida and water and whisk it together.
Cut the paneer into thick square cubes.
Apply 1 tsp of cilantro chili chutney(tag the chutney recipe here) in between 2 paneer pieces and form sandwich
Dunk them into the batter
Plug the waffle maker and grease with oil and place the paneer Pakoda in the waffle maker
After 5 minutes flip and cook on the other side for 5 minutes or till brown
Sprinkle chaat masala and enjoy them hot with chai or coffee
Whisk, Mixing Bowl, Mini Waffle Maker
Room temperature for 15 minutes for crunchy texture, after few hours reheat to bring the crunch back.
Serve it along with chai or coffee and garlic chutney.
You can skip the semolina and add rice flour to make it gluten free. You can alternatively use tofu to make it vegan.
We are using cilantro chili chutney in this recipe but you can choose to stuff the pakoda with any other filling or sauces.
Cook the waffles 5-7 minute on each side and flip them midway for extra crunch. Always make the batter so they don’t stick to the plates.
Paneer Pakoda Waffles
- 8 slices of paneer
- 2 tablespoon
- 2 tablespoon olive oil to cook
- 1/2 tsp chaat masala
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 1/4 cup semolina
- Salt as needed
- 1 and 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp asafetida powder
- 1 cup water
- Form a thick batter using chickpea flour, semolina, turmeric, salt, red chili powder, asafetida and water and whisk it together
- Cut the paneer into thick square cubes
- Form and sandwich with paneer and dunk them into the batter
- Plug the waffle maker and grease with oil
- Place the paneer Pakoda in the waffle maker
- After 5 minutes flip and cook on the other side for 5 minutes or till brown
- Take them out and leave them out for few minutes and reheat them for extra crunch
- Sprinkle chaat masala
- Enjoy them hot with chai or coffee
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