- One stick paneer from Costco (each pack has two sticks), diced
- One cup hot water
- 1/4 tsp Garam masala
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 3/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp. corn starch
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- Large amount of corn oil or another oil that can sustain high temperature for frying and is relatively flavorless.
First step is to soften the diced paneer. Paneer taken out of the fridge is chewy and hard. Put the diced paneer in a bowl and cover with hot water. Let sit 5 minutes, then drain and pat dry with paper towel.
While the paneer is soaking, mix the Garam masala, turmeric, ginger powder, smoked paprika and corn starch in a bowl.
Roll the dried paneer in the spice mix to coat all sides.
Beat both eggs.
Mix the bread crumbs and coconut flakes in a separate bowl.
Dip each cube of paneer in the eggs then roll in the coconut mix to coat evenly.
Heat the oil on high heat near smoking temperature (but don’t burn it!). Fry the coated paneer a few minutes in two or three batches until they turn golden.
If you are also preparing other dishes you can keep the fried paneer in a warm oven in the meantime.
The resulting dish is flavorful but not spicy, with a light sweetness from the coconut, thus suitable for children as well as grown ups.