Paneer cheese puffs recipe is like a savory version of our gujiya.
These are a perfect party appetizer food when serving 6-8 guest. These can be easily made in advance and baked when your guest arrive.
My son and hubby totally loves them. I may not have many deep frying recipes on the blog because of that. Both love baked goodies. I have chosen simple and hit combo of paneer and cheese but really any leftover sabji will also do the trick.
So the dough is basically a short crust pastry which originally uses egg but I have made it without egg. Also its important that all the ingredients of the pastry should be cold as it helps in making a flaky pastry. If you wanna add egg, add 1 egg yolk to the flour before adding water.
Directions to make paneer cheese puffs-
2&1/2 cup APF/ maida
150g Cold Butter
250ml approx chilled water
1 cup crumbled fresh Paneer
1/2 cup cheese
1 large onion finely chopped
Salt and pepper for taste
1tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
Milk for brushing
Sesame seeds for topping
To prepare pastry-
In a food processor pulse the flour and butter until it looks like bread crumbs.
You can also do the above step with your hands. Just use your fingers to rub the flour and butter together to form a crumb.
Now slowly start adding water. Start by adding a little. Keep adding until the dough just comes together. For this pulse at regular intervals rather than continuous pulsing. Once it comes together take it out in a cling film, wrap and chill for 30 mins.
This process can be done be hands as well. Avoid over mixing. Once the dough comes together simply wrap in cling film and refrigerate.
Now heat oil on a nonstick pan. Add onions and saute till soft. Add paneer and cheese. Add salt and pepper. Let it cool.
For final assembly
Preheat the oven at 200°C for 10 min.
Take half the dough out of fridge and keep the rest back.
Roll out on a flat surface. Cut circles with a cookie cutter. Spoon 1tbsp filling on one side. Flap over the other side onto the filling and press gently to seal.
Place on the baking tray. Now with a fork gently make impression on the edges of the pastry.
Brush with milk generously. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake for 10-12 mins until top starts to brown.
Serve hot with Creamy Mayo sauce and green chutney.
PS. If you don’t have an oven you can deep fry them too.
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