Do you have a party at home and struggling with the menu? Well here is an amazing starter or appetizer recipe that will certainly be a show stopper in your party with it’s innovation, looks and flavor. Make them before, store it in batches and fry just before your wanna serve and leave a smart efficient impression on your guest. Olive and Paneer Poppers are one of the most delectable and scrumptious appetizer for your monsoon party. Let it rain outside and let your guest pop into this starter inside. Sharing the recipe below…. find it, make it, love it and share it! As I work for Del Monte I always follow the website and that is how I found a similar recipe made by my bestie Farrukh Shadab. Though her recipe was with Olive and chicken but the idea struck me to make paneer and olive poppers for my son. You can create your own recipes using various other ingredients as the covering. Think out of the box and do share your ideas with me as well. I had some olives left from Del Monte whole green Pitted olive bottle so I used them, you can buy one from them and get started. Cheers !
2 medium Potatoes , boiled
100 grams Fresh Paneer , grated
1 tsp Red Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
1/4 tsp Chaat masala or Amchur
2 tbsp Fresh Coriander, fine chopped
15 Pitted Green Olives, i used Del Monte Pitted Green Olives
salt to taste
1/2 cup cornflour
6-8 tbsp all purpose flour, adjustable
1/2 cup Milk or Water
1 cup Bread Crumbs
Oil for deep frying
Take boiled potatoes in a mixing bowl and mash them with a fork or with your hands nicely. Add grated paneer, red chili powder, garam masala powder, chaat masala or amchur (whichever available), salt to taste and fresh chopped coriander. Mix well to incorporate everything well and you get a smooth soft dough. Collect the pitted green olives and wash them nicely. Pinch a small portion from the dough and flatten it on your palm to make a small disk. Place one green olive in the center and fold the potato paneer disk from all sides to cover the olive. Shape it into a sphere and keep aside. Following the same method, make more and collect on a plate. Take a small bowl and add all purpose flour and milk, whisk to make a smooth flowing thin batter. Heat oil in a wok for deep frying. And while the oil is heating take one popper, roll it over cornflour to coat from all sides. Dip the dusted popper in the flour mix and again roll it over the bread crumbs such that it coats well from all sides. Gently drop the popper in hot oil and fry till golden in color. Similarly fry rest of the prepared poppers and collect them all on a kitchen napkin to soak excess oil. Serve hot with any of your favorite dip or simple tomato ketchup or sauce.