Alright, so you love mozzarella sticks, but they’re defried. What are you going to do? Make your own, OF COURSE! Sure, this isn’t what you’re expecting, really. We, Indians, usually put this into creamed spinach and make it Palak Paneer, but you know, these can be great snacks, too. They don’t always need to be the sidekick! My recipe for Paneer can be found here with my Ras Malai (dessert) recipe. If you want pakodas/fritters, you can follow this recipe from yesterday for the gram flour crepes, but be aware that the pakodas/fritters will be fried, but if you are really wanting to make mozzarella sticks from scratch (however Indian-style), these are your best bets. After you have followed this recipe, instead of making crepes, you will need to dip your paneer blocks into the gram flour mixture and then proceed by frying them in a pan full of oil. Once brown, you now have pakodes. Also, you don’t have to stick with just paneer, you can do tofu for the vegan version, cauliflower, potatoes, or anything you can think of!
All you really need for seared paneer is a heavy iron-cast pan. Much to my surprise and hopefully yours, I used only 1 tablespoon of oil! And, I got results like you’re going to see:
Step 1: Cut into blocks.
Step 2: Heat the oil, and then place the blocks.