Paneer pakora (indian cheese fritters)

4 servings
15 min
20 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
To be mixed into a filling

1/2 tsp carom seeds(ajwain), dry roasted and lightly crushed

1/4 cup grated onion, squeezed

2 tsp grated ginger

2 tsp crushed and chopped garlic

1/2 tsp garam masala

1 tbsp coriander (dhania) powder

1 tbsp dry mango powder(amchur)

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

For the batter

1 cup bengal gram flour(besan)

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

2 pinches asafoetida (hing)

1 tbsp hot oil

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves(dhania)

A pinch soda bi-carb

Salt to taste

Other ingredients

2 cups paneer (cottage cheese), cut into 1" cubes

2 tbsp chaat masalaOil for deep-frying

Tamarind chutney or Tomato ketchup to serve


  • For the batter : Mix all the ingredients together with a little water to make a thick batter. Keep aside.
  • How to proceed: Slit the paneer cubes, with the help of a knife, a little more than halfway, but not till the end.
  • Sprinkle some chaat masala in between the slit portion of the paneer cubes. Stuff a little filling into each paneer cube with the help of a knife and press well.
  • Heat the oil in a kadhai, dip each paneer cube in the batter and deep-fry on a slow flame till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.
  • Sprinkle with chaat masala and serve hot with chutney of your choice or with one of my hot and sweet or sweet and sour dip.

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