I can’t really take full credit for this recipe but as usual, I added my own touch to the inspiration. This is a classic Indian snack which combines Paneer cheese with a chutney middle and then is battered and f fried. The seeds in the batter is what give it a distinct flavor. One can alter the recipe by changing the filling or the batter but keep the basic components the same. I got my inspiration from this book below which I would highly recommend for anyone interested in Indian cooking, especially vegetarian cooking.
Cheese & Chutney Snacks
These are deep-fried (gasp!) but you don't need to each much of them.
Recipe type: snack
- 1 block of paneer or farmer cheese cut into 1.5" square x .25" thick
- Mint or Green chutney (can also substitute pesto for a different flavor)
- ¾ cup Besan (Chickpea) flour or Wheat/White mix works fine too
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 tsp Poppy seeds
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- Pinch of Curry powder
- Pink of Paprika
- Salt & Pepper
- Oil for frying
- Make little sandwiches by spreading the chutney in between two slices of cheese
- Mix the flour, baking powder, seeds and spices together. Add enough water to make a thick batter
- Heat the oil
- Dip the cheese sandwiches in the egg and then the batter
- Fry in hot oil
Drain on paper. Cut in half and serve hot with more chutney.