Paneer Pouches / Paneer Potlis

I love the name of this appetizer as a person can imagine exactly how the dish will look. Pouches are cute to flaunt and admire. So why not include some pouches in your regular cooking. These will impress everyone making it a perfect snack for your parties. Spicy and chatpata, a perfect combination to fill the potlis. Make sure to cook a whole lot of these as it is sure to make everyone ask for more.

Ingredients:

For the pouches:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp oil

Water to knead the dough

1/2 tsp carom seeds ( ajwain) ( optional)

 

For the paneer stuffing:

1 medium onion ( finely chopped)

3/4 cup paneer ( crumbled)

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp dry mango powder

1/2 tsp chaat masala

1 tbsp coriander leaves ( finely chopped)

Salt ( to taste)

Oil ( for frying)

Method:

Combine all the ingredients for making the dough. Make a dough that is just right in texture – not too soft neither too hard. Adjust the water accordingly while forming the dough.

For the stuffing, heat the butter in a pan. Add the onions and cook till translucent. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell of garlic disappears. Add the crumbled paneer, chili powder, dry mango powder, chaat masala and salt. Mix well. Add finely chopped coriander leaves and remove from heat.  

To make the pouches:

Roll out the dough into 2 mm thickness. Using a bowl cut out a round shape from the rolled dough.

Place 1 tsp of the filling in the center. 

Pick up the sides of the dough to form a shape of a pouch.

Cut out thin strips of the dough and place one strip around the neck of the pouch. Press at the center to hold it in place. 

Do the same for the rest of the pouches.

Heat oil in a thick pan. Fry the pouches till golden brown. Serve hot with tomato ketchup or chutney.

Variation: These pouches can also be prepared with any other type of filling, chicken or vegetable.

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