Coffee Paneer is an Indian cheese, coated in coffee & orange soda batter and deep-fried, served with molecular spicy vegan caviar & a touch of sour cream.
This week I was experimenting AGAIN with my sourdough bread. I’ve already made my bread with Champagne and simple soda, and I found that sparkles tend to give very nice results to my sourdough. So, I though why not and test the recipe using some flavoured soda, like Fanta?!
My bread is currently undergoing fermentation process, and I shall report on the results later on (probably on my Instagram). But because of the appearance of orange soda in my kitchen, an idea of using it in deep-fried batter came up! Everyone knows that using sparking water in deep-fry batters makes the batter airy. So, I thought why not try with orange soda? The sparkles from soda will serve the purpose just the same and orange might give an extra cool flavour.
Next, I though what if I take it even further?… What goes well with oranges? Coffee! And that’s a story how the coffee-orange soda batter idea was born.
All of that made whole lot of sense for me to combine it with Indian Paneer cheese, since you’ve been asking me so many times to cook some Indian food.
Here comes the list of ingredients from the Coffee Paneer batter recipe:
- 230g Orange soda
- 2 tsp Instant Coffee (use more to give a more accentuated flavour)
- 0.2g Xanthan Gum
- 150g Chickpea flour
- 1 Egg yolk
- A pinch of salt
- 1.5g Baking soda
Just mix everything together in the same order as shown on the video.
And, here are the ingredients for the Coffee Paneer dredging mix:
- 85g Chickpea flour
- 10g Onion powder
- Mix the dredging dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Cut a block of paneer cheese in cubes.
- Dredge in flour mix, coat in our caffeinated batter and deep fry at 350F.
- Set on a rack to drain off extra oil.
- Meanwhile, prepare spicy vegan caviar with 50g Kombucha & 50g Chili paste mix.