Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fried Paneer Pieces

You can buy paneer from the refrigerator section of any Indian grocery store.

Alternative: Use queso fresco, a Mexican cheese that can be found in most supermarkets, including Costco.

Vegan substitution: Use tofu pieces instead of paneer pieces.

Yield about 12 ounces
  • 12 ounces paneer
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • oil for pan frying 
 Cut paneer into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

Dredge the paneer pieces in all purpose flour, shaking off the excess flour.

Add enough oil to cover the bottom of a large skillet. Heat over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add as many paneer pieces as the skillet can hold in a single layer without crowding.

Fry the pieces until golden brown evenly.

Using a slotted spoon, remove them onto a tray lined with a paper towel. Let them cool. Use as needed.

Note: You can refrigerate fried paneer for up to a week. You can freeze it for up to a month. 

For more recipes, table setting ideas and gardening tips from the author of Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen, check out Komali Nunna's blog. 

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