Paneer Popcorn

Paneer Popcorn

Paneer popcorn, made from Indian cottage cheese (paneer), offers a delightful snack with potential health benefits. Paneer is a rich source of high-quality protein, essential for muscle development, repair, and overall cellular function. The marination process often involves yogurt and spices, providing additional nutrients and potential digestive health benefits. The air-frying method reduces the need for excessive oil, making paneer popcorn a lighter alternative to deep-fried snacks. The inclusion of spices like turmeric and chaat masala introduces antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. While paneer popcorn can be enjoyed in moderation as a tasty and protein-packed snack, it's important to balance it with a variety of nutrient-dense foods to maintain a well-rounded and healthy diet.

Ingredients:

  • 200g paneer, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 cup thick yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking spray or oil for the air fryer basket
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions:

Marinate the Paneer:

  • In a bowl, mix thick yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, chaat masala, and salt to form a smooth marinade.
  • Add the paneer cubes to the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare Coating Mixture:

  • In a shallow dish, mix breadcrumbs and corn flour to create the coating mixture.

Coat Paneer Cubes:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • Take each marinated paneer cube and coat it evenly in the breadcrumb and corn flour mixture, pressing gently to adhere the coating.

Air Fry:

  • Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray or brush it with a small amount of oil.
  • Arrange the coated paneer cubes in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each piece.
  • Air fry at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes, flipping the paneer cubes halfway through, or until they are golden brown and crisp.

Serve:

  • Once done, remove the paneer popcorn from the air fryer.
  • Serve hot with your favorite chutney or sauce. Optionally, squeeze some lemon wedges over the paneer popcorn for added flavour.

 

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