Today when I opened my fridge, I had to do this paneer a favour. So I decide to make nuggets out of it. I went through some recipes, but most of them just cut the paneer in pieces, dip it in the batter and fry. But I didn't want my nuggets to be crispy and flavorful on outside and bland on inside. So I came up with this recipe, and my little food critic gave it 5 stars....yipeee.
Since I wanted to make it kid friendly, I didn't add a lot of spices or chillies. But you can jazz it up with the spices and chillies if you want to.
Paneer - 1 packet (200 grams)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Chaat masala - 1/4 teaspoon
Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice of a small 1/2 lemon
Coriander leaves - few sprigs
Pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
Bread crumbs (Scroll down, for the homemade breadcrumbs recipe)
1 Egg (For my vegetarian friends, mix 2 teaspoons of all purpose flour(maida) with 4-5 teaspoons of water and salt and pepper)
Salt and Oil
1. Grate the paneer in a bowl.
3. Crack open an egg in another small bowl, whisk and add some salt and pepper to it.
4. Spread the breadcrumbs in yet another bowl/plate. Add salt and pepper to them and mix.
|Paneer Nuggets Prep|
5. Heat oil in a pan/kadhai for deep frying.
6. Now take some paneer mixture in hand and roll it into a small ball or an oval shape.
7. Dip this in the egg. (or all purpose flour/maida mixture) See that it is coated with egg on all the sides.
8. Then dip this in the breadcrumbs. Again see that the nugget is covered in breadcrumbs on all sides.
|Paneer Nuggets ready to be fried|
9. Slowly put the nugget in the oil. The oil shouldn't be too hot, cause the breadcrumbs get brown very quickly.
10. Fry until golden brown.
To jazz it up for adults or older kids, you can add tandoori masala, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste or kasuri methi.
Pop couple of bread slices in the microwave oven for 2 - 3 minutes. The bread comes out crispy. Put them in the blender and blend until coarse/powder (depending on your requirement).