Crunchy and crispy Falahari Paneer Makhane Gulgulle topped with shredded cucumbers and chutney makes a fantastic appetizer. These savory snacks are simply delicious, Gluten-free and vegetarian!
With Navratri just around the corner, my focus has shifted to fasting recipes and do you know what that means — lots of yum, tasty recipes coming your way. Falahari Paneer Makhane Gulgulle
Every year, I try to introduce falahari recipes that are made according to fasting norms and are equally healthy and delicious.
This year too, I have a collection of sweet and savory recipes with contrasting flavors that complement each other beautifully. My last Navratri recipes were –
This year, the first one on the list is – Falahari Paneer Makhane Gulgulle.
WHAT IS NAVRATRI?
Navratri means ‘nine nights’. It marks the beginning of the festive season.
It’s an auspicious time of the year where devotees observe fast/vrat for 7-8 days. They follow a simple diet and eat a gluten-free meal once a day.
To help you with a vrat meal plan, I have compiled a list of yummy and delicious 40 Navratri Vrat Recipes/ Upvas Recipes.
What is savory gulgulle?
Gulgulle or Ram ladoo is a favorite street food of Delhi. These crispy and crunchy moong dal fritters topped with shredded radish and tangy chutneys make a yummy snack.
That’s how the idea popped into my mind, and I decided to make a vrat/fasting version. For vrat version, I swapped lentils with foxnuts, potatoes and paneer (Indian cottage cheese).
Now onto the recipe!
No fancy ingredient goes in this recipe. It’s pretty simple and straightforward. Dry roasted makhane in powdered form is combined with mild spices, boiled potato, and paneer to form soft dough balls.
These makhane balls are then cooked in an appe pan or deep fried until crispy and golden in color. You can enjoy them as is with vrat ki chutney or proceed to the next step – make gulgulle.
For making gulgulle, shred cucumbers. Remove excess water and season with salt. Generously sprinkle on paneer-makhane balls, top with chutney, vrat ka chaat masala and serve immediately.
Follow my friend Sonal Gupta’s blog for vrat ka chaat masala.
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Falahari Paneer Makhane Gulgulle
FOR PANEER MAKHANE BALLS
- 1.25 cup Phool Makhane (puffed lotus seed or foxnut)
- 1 small Boiled potato, peeled and mashed
- 1 cup Shredded Paneer
- 3 tablespoon Arrowroot flour or Any vrat flour
- Salt to taste (Vrat salt - Sendha namak)
- 1 teaspoon Degi Mirch or Red chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Dried mint leaves, crushed
- 2 small green chilies chopped
- 2 tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves
- 1 medium Cucumber, peeled and shredded
- 1 cup Vrat ki Green chuteny
MAKING PANEER MAKHANE BALLS
- Assemble all the ingredients.
- Arrowroot powder.
- Chopped cilantro and green chilies.
- Dry roast makhane in a heavy bottomed pan until light brown in color.
- Allow it to cool. Transfer them to a food processor and
- Grind the makhane into a powder.
- Combine all the ingredients 'listed under paneer makhane' into a bowl.
- Add arrowroot powder.
- Add powdered makhane to the mix.
- Knead until well combined.
- Add 1-2 tablespoon of warm water to knead a soft dough.
- Divide the dough into equal sized balls.
- Grease a appe pan and cook paneer makhane balls until crispy.
- Or feel free to deep fry them. There is no difference in the end result.
- They tastes equally delicious.
- Shred cucumber. Remove excess water.
- Vrat ki chutney - link provided above in ingredient list.
- Paneer makhane balls.
- Assemble balls in a serving ball, top with shredded cucumbers, chutney, vrat ka chaat masala and serve immediately.