CORN LOLLIPOPS WITH A PANEER CENTRE
Corn is mostly served on the cob or as fried kernels. Try Corn Lollipops, a variation which uses kernels but feels like you are taking a bite off the cob! They are so light and taste so great that you can never stop at one.
It is raining out here. But I cannot smell the fragrance of earth filling the air. There is the gloomy sky but without the aroma that makes me feel one with the Universe, it feels lonely. And I miss home. Back in India, when it rains, roads get clogged, people get stuck (just like when it snows 2 mm in Atlanta :D) but nothing stops. Just as the clouds begin to clear out, you can feel the chitter chatter of crowds filling the air.
You can see hawkers rushing to set up their ware not wanting to lose the precious opportunity to earn some good money. You see, the rain and the breeze makes one want to bite into something hot and spicy!
What does one do when they do not have the luxury of buying hot spicy food or corn on the cob from a hawker (There’s something about home that makes little pleasures seem like luxuries. Don’t you agree?) ? What does one to when all they have is pack of frozen corn kernels? Whip themselves up some Corn Lollipops!
A ha! Almost like home, hot spicy food with a cup of hot coffee; watching the birds get out and look for some earthworms to feed on as the clouds clear out. A new experience. I’ll probably miss these birds a few years later 🙂
Here is the recipe for
- 2 pods garlic finely chopped
- 1/2 inch ginger finely chopped
- 2 green chilies finely chopped
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 1/2 cup frozen corn thawed
- 6-7 cubes (1 inch cubes) of paneer (you could substitute it with mozzarella too)
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs 1/8 cup corn starch
- 1/8 cup all purpose flour (maida)
- Upto 1/2 cup water
- Salt to taste
- A pinch of powdered black pepper
- Oil to fry
- Coarsely grind the corn kernels and keep aside
- In a pan over medium heat, add two tsp of oil. Once the oil is sufficiently hot, add the chopped garlic, ginger and green chilies
- Saute until they lose their raw smell and turn golden (for about 3 min)
- Add the chopped onion and sauté for another 3 min
- Add the ground up corn, salt and powdered black pepper and sauté till the corn loses its raw smell and some moisture (helps in binding)
- Take off heat and let the mixture cool off
- Add about 1/4 cup bread crumbs and mix.
- Take a glob of the mixture and make a small cup of it with your palms and stuff the cube of paneer in it. Wrap the paneer and mould it into the shape of an ball/lollipop.
- Mix the corn starch and all purpose flour with water to make a very thin batter. Spread the rest of the bread crumbs onto a platter
- Roll the lollipop in the batter and then in the bread crumbs so that it gets uniformly coated on all sides
- Drop them into a pan of hot oil over medium flame.do not crowd the pan or the temperature of the oil will drop suddenly.
- Fry them until they are golden brown on all sides and drain them onto some paper towels
- Stick some ice cream sticks or skewers into them and they are ready to be served.
- Serve them with some MINT CHUTNEY
Mozarella tastes great too with the melted gooey feeling inside
Any deep fried food if fried at the right temperature and to the right extent never has any extra oil and hardly drains onto the paper towel. Fry it right and enjoy it guilt free!!