05 January 2014

Paneer Lollipop ("Chicken" Drumstick)

Paneer Lollipop ("Chicken" Drumstick)

It is a vegetarian version of the famous Chicken Drumstick or Chicken lollipop. The vegetarian version uses Indian cheese "Paneer" and potatoes to substitute the chicken.

Fast Facts

Time: Prep Time: Under 30 min; Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • About 2 cups grated Paneer (200gms)
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 green chillies, thinly sliced (or as per taste)
  • 2 large potatoes,chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped v finely
  • 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • 13-16 pieces of baby corn (i used the canned variety since I dont get fresh)
  • 2-1/2 tbsp Cornstarch (or you can use cornflour/soyflour etc)
  • About 1/4 cup of all purpose flour (maida)
  • Few springs of cilantro/coriander leaves, chopped

Preparation:

1. Steam the potatoes with the skin. If you desire, you can peel it - I like to retain it for the nutrition value.

2. Once steamed, mash it well and add it along with the rest of the ingredients except all purpose flour.

3. You should get a thick. tight dough. Too tight, it will be crumbly so add few drop of water. Too soft, you wont be able to shape it into drumsticks. Add more paneer or cornstarch. Make small rounds of the dough. make sure its smooth.

4. Now pierce the dough round with the thicker end of the baby corn.

5. Slowly using your hands, shape them into drumsticks. Press down the dough over the baby corn so that the edges smoothens out along the edges of the baby corn - like a cone

6. Shape them all likewise.

7. Depending on the amount of dough you use for each drumstick, you will make around 12-16 pieces. Place them in the fridge for some time - like 20 minutes. Though this step is unnecessary, I find that doing it this way before frying not only helps to keep the food intact without disintegrating but also seems to soak up oil less than norm. Remove from the fridge and meanwhile heat some oil for deep frying.

8. Place the all purpose flour in a plate and dust the lollipop with some flour. Remove excess flour by tapping it gently against your hands.

9. Now fry the lollipop/drumstick in batches in oil. make sure its evenly browned it all the sides. Too hot a oil will burn the outside faster. Too low, will make it soggy with oil. Med-high should work perfectly.

10. Drain onto a kitchen/paper towel. Now serve them hot either with ketchup or with some chilli garlic sauce. You can also use sichuan sauce.

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