Pakoda, also called pakora, pakodi, fakkura, bhajiya, bhajji or ponako, is a fried snack (fritter). Originating from the Indian subcontinent, it is a popular snack across the Indian subcontinent, especially in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Pakodas are very crisp on the outside and medium soft to crisp inside. They are dipped in a batter made from gram flour (also known as chickpea flour or besan) and then deep-fried. The most popular varieties include pyaaz pakora, made from onion, and aloo pakora, made from potato.
Other variations include palak pakora, made from spinach, and paneer pakora, made from paneer (soft cottage cheese). When onions, on their own, are prepared in the same way, they are known as onion bajji.
Paneer (cottage cheese) pakodas are one of the yummiest pakoras usually made on some special occasions. Paneer pakora can be made with some stuffing of green chutney (Stuffed paneer pakoda) or can be made without any stuffing (paneer pakoda). Sometimes red chutney can be used as stuffing for paneer pakodas.
Cubes or thick fingers shaped paneer slices are stuffed with some spicy green chutney, then dipped in gram flour batter and then deep-fried to make one of the most perfect and delicious starters. They are crunchy from outside and soft from inside and this is a definite hit snacks for all the paneer lovers.
You can enjoy hot and delicious paneer pakodas with hot Indian tea (chai), as an evening snacks or tea time snacks. In some states of India, pakodas are also served as breakfast.
In India when it rains, people make pakodas and enjoy it with hot Indian tea.
Pakoras are usually served as a snack or appetiser. They are also often served with Masala chai to guests arriving to attend Indian wedding ceremonies, and are usually complemented with tamarind, chutney or raita. In the United Kingdom, pakoras are popular as a fast food snack, available in South Asian restaurants.
Here I am sharing with you the recipe of stuffed paneer pakoda, which is stuffed with green chutney. This is one of my favourite pakodas.
For Green Chutney (Green Coriander Chutney)
For Deep Frying
To make the Green Chutney (Coriander Chutney)
To make the batter: