Homemade Paneer Nuggets, prepared in an air fryer, offer a delightful and health-conscious alternative to traditional deep-fried snacks. Paneer, a rich source of protein and calcium, contributes to muscle development, bone health, and overall well-being. The inclusion of vibrant vegetables such as onions and capsicum provides essential vitamins and antioxidants, supporting immune function and reducing oxidative stress. By opting for the air fryer method, the recipe reduces the need for excess oil, resulting in a lower-calorie, lower-fat snack without compromising on the delightful crispy texture. This nutrient-dense snack is not only a flavorful treat but also aligns with a balanced and health-conscious lifestyle, offering a satisfying and guilt-free indulgence.
For the Paneer Mixture:
- 250g paneer
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
- 1 chopped green chili
- ½ tbsp black pepper powder
- ½ tbsp red chili powder
- ½ tbsp Salt
- ½ tbsp oil
- 2 tablespoons cornflour or all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons water (for making a slurry)
- Cooking spray or oil for air fryer
Prepare the Paneer Mixture:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine grated or crumbled paneer, chopped onions, green chili, red chili powder, salt. Mix well to form a cohesive mixture.
Shape into Nuggets:
- Take a small portion of the paneer mixture and shape it into small cylindrical or rectangular nuggets. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
Prepare the Slurry:
- In a separate bowl, mix cornflour or all-purpose flour with water to create a smooth slurry.
Coat the Nuggets:
- Dip each paneer nugget into the slurry, ensuring it's well-coated, and then roll it in breadcrumbs, covering the nugget evenly.
Preheat the Air Fryer:
- Preheat your air fryer to 180°C (360°F) for a few minutes.
Air Fry the Paneer Nuggets:
- Lightly grease the air fryer basket with cooking spray or oil.
- Place the coated paneer nuggets in the air fryer basket, leaving space between them.
- Air fry for 10-12 minutes, turning halfway through, or until the paneer nuggets are golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the paneer nuggets from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes.
- Serve the paneer nuggets with your favorite dipping sauce.