Hello, foodies! Looking for a light and healthy snack for a fun evening? Maybe for dieting? Yes? Then, we at Farmery present to you a healthy and tasty guide to paneer popcorn.

Think about a healthy ingredient converted into a crispy snack. Salivating already? Why not! Paneer pops made from farm-fresh paneer give you health with taste. It is one of the best appetizers for kids as well- crunchy, delicious and addictive.

We teleported Garima from Mom's Cafe to Farmery's Kitchen to teach us this delicious treat. She is a mother who is extremely health conscious and always looks for innovative ways to feed her kids healthy snacks. In fact, she made her own paneer for paneer pops. But no worries, store-bought paneer will do as well.

The Hero Ingredient- Paneer

Ever wondered how to make paneer? Well, it’s no big job.

Two ingredients-

Milk: For good soft cubes of paneer, use whole milk.
Curdling agent: You can use lemon, vinegar or even yogurt. Vinegar is best if you want firm cubes of paneer.

Method-

  • Add milk to a heavy bottom pan on medium heat.
  • Let the milk boil. Stir it often so that it doesn't stick to the pan.
  • Once the milk has boiled, turn off the heat and start adding the curdling agent little at a time.
  • You'll see that the milk will start curdling. At that point stop adding the curdling agent and leave it to rest for 5 min till the milk curdles completely.
  • Drain the curdled milk into a muslin cloth.
  • Rinse the paneer with cold water so that the final paneer doesn’t have any taste of vinegar.
  • Cover the curdled milk with the muslin cloth and squeeze out excess water.
  • Flatten the paneer and place it under a heavy object. Leave it undisturbed for 1-2 hours.


Why should you prefer making paneer at home?

Though paneer is packed with health, store-bought paneer might not do enough good to you. This is because of adulteration. Most store-bought paneer contains citric acid and other additives which are not good for health.

Garima also told us about the difference in texture between store-bought paneer and fresh paneer. The store-bought paneer is smooth and soft. Conversely, you can see a lot of texture in the homemade version (from the curds), almost like tofu. It is a lot more crumbly when you slice into it, too.

So, let's get started with Garima’s paneer pops recipe.

Prep Time          Cook Time           Total Time             Servings

10 minutes         20 minutes          30 minutes                  4

Primary Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  1. 1 ¼ cup cubed paneer (Indian cottage cheese)
  2. ¼ cup plain flour or maida
  3. 1 ½ tsp of ginger garlic paste
  4. Salt as needed
  5. ½ - ¾ tsp red chilli powder
  6. ¼ - ½ tsp crushed pepper
  7. ¾ tsp of garam masala
  8. ¾ tsp of coriander powder  

For the crispness :

  1. ½ cup bread crumbs
  2. ¼  tsp red chilli powder

Preparation

● Cut paneer to one by half-inch cubes. Keep these aside.

● Add red chili powder, salt, and bread crumbs to a big bowl.

Mix everything well and keep it aside.

● Add flour, ginger garlic paste, pepper, garam masala, red chili powder and coriander powder to a mixing bowl.

● Add water slowly to make a moderately thick paste.

Cooking recipe

● Coat the paneer cubes with the batter.

● Roll the batter coated paneer cubes in bread crumbs.

● Gently press down the paneer cubes to the bread crumbs.

● Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

● Preheat the oven. When it is hot enough, gently arrange the paneer cubes in a baking tray.

● Bake for 10-15 minutes cubes till golden.

● Serve them piping hot on a plate and Enjoy!

And...

Did I mention that baking instead of frying the pops makes it a million times more healthy and doesn't even reduce the crispness?!

We’re waiting for your ‘paneer pop’ pictures already!