Okay so guys. As much as I talk about eating healthy and feeling good and all, please know that I am all about the cheese. Like all the time everytime. I love a bit of cheese like parmesan or grana padano or feta in my salads too! Cheese is BAE 😍 And for exactly this reason I want to share my forever fave Cheese Pakora or Cheese Fritters recipe with you.
Now, just because I am calling this a Cheese Pakora it doesn’t make it like super exotic complicated. It’s very very similar to Mozzarella sticks that you might have tried. It is so easy to make these Pakoras – you can literally whip these up in minutes. And I know I say this about all of my recipes but I am not kidding, you guys. It is seriously that simple. These are perfect for when you have those unannounced guests over, or you are just super hungry (or hangry) and want something quick that is also delish, or you want something indulgent, JUST ‘CAUSE!
All you need is 3 main ingredients and you are all set. I like to make these with a mix of besan and plain flour or maida. Just using chickpea flour or besan in my opinion makes it very heavy and dense. So try this out and let me know what you think.😁
Cheese Pakora Recipe
Serves 2 | Prep time : 5 min | Cook time : 10 min
- 3 cubes processed cheese (I used Amul Cheese cubes)
- 1/2 cup chickpea flour or besan
- 1/3 cup plain flour or maida
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/4 tsp asafoetida or hing
- 1 pinch turmeric powder
- 1 cup vegetable or olive oil (to fry)
- 1 pinch baking soda (optional)
- Salt to taste
In a bowl, mix the chickpea flour (besan) and plain flour (maida) together. Add about 1/4 cup water and whisk well to ensure there are no lumps. The consistency should be thick enough to coat the cheese but not like a paste or goopy. It shouldn’t be so runny either that it slides off the cheese and doesn’t stay on at all. Add the red chili powder, hing, turmeric and baking soda to this mix and combine.
In a deep pan, heat the oil. Cut up the cheese cubes into half and set aside.
Your oil should be hot in about 2 minutes. Check by putting a drop of the flour mix to the oil and see if it comes up to the surface. If it does, you are ready to fry.
Dip the halved cheese cubes individually in to the flour mix and ever so slightly slide into the hot oil. Be careful during this step because if you just throw it in, the oil is going to splatter everywhere. No trying to scare you, just be cautious 😁
Reduce the flame to medium while the pakoras are frying. You will see them change colour and turn golden brown in about 2 minutes. Flip them in the oil so they get a uniform colour all around.
Drain them on a kitchen roll or tissue paper so all the oil is blotted dry.
Serve the pakoras with ketchup or mint chutney. Enjoy hot.