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Paneer koliwada recipe with step by step pics. Paneer koliwada is a tasty snack made with marinated & batter coated fried paneer cubes.

paneer koliwada recipe

Paneer koliwada is a vegetarian version of the famous fish and prawn koliwada from the lands of Mumbai. Even in some restaurants paneer koliwada is served. Paneer koliwada is basically marinated & batter coated fried paneer cubes. The recipe looks similar to Amritsari paneer but the taste is very different.

Koliwada is the colony of kolis or fishermen in Mumbai. There are many such colonies in Mumbai. The recipe of fish koliwada originated in one such colony – sion koliwada. The recipe was invented by two Punjabi brothers and has become popular in Mumbai. Their dhaba is known as mini Punjab.

When we lived in Mumbai, on occasions, we used to get food from the mini Punjab in sion koliwada. Their Punjabi food used to be awesome and I still remember the taste of the various dishes.

koliwada paneer recipe

There are many ways this paneer koliwada recipe is made. here is how I make paneer koliwada using simple everyday ingredients. You can serve paneer koliwada as a snack or even as starter with a North Indian main course recipes like dal makhani, rajma recipe, dum aloo or dal tadka.

Serve paneer koliwada hot with a side of sliced onions, lemon wedges and mint chutney. Don’t forget to sprinkle some chaat masala.

How to make paneer koliwada recipe

Marinating paneer:

1. Chop 200 grams paneer in cubes and take them in a bowl.

paneer to make paneer koliwada recipe

2. Add 1.5 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder and salt as required. For ginger-garlic paste, you can even crush 1 inch ginger & 4 to 5 medium sized garlic in a mortar-pestle.

paneer to make paneer koliwada recipe

3. Add 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice.

paneer to make paneer koliwada recipe

4. Gently mix everything with your hands without breaking the paneer cubes. If you are unable to mix, then toss the bowl, so that the ingredients get mixed. Cover the bowl and marinate for 20 to 30 minutes.

paneer to make paneer koliwada recipe

Making batter for paneer koliwada

5. In another mixing bowl take ½ cup besan (gram flour).

making paneer koliwada recipe

6. Then add ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds), 1 teaspoon chaat masala and 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder.

making paneer koliwada recipe

7. Now add 4 tablespoons water.

making paneer koliwada recipe

8. Mix very well to get a thick batter without any lumps. If the batter looks very thick, then you can add some more water.

making paneer koliwada recipe

9. Add the marinated paneer cubes in the batter.

making paneer koliwada recipe

10. Gently mix well with your hands or a spoon without breaking the paneer cubes. Check the taste of the batter and if required you can add more salt.

making paneer koliwada recipe

Frying paneer koliwada

11. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. Add a tiny portion of the batter in the oil. If it comes up gradually and steadily, the oil is ready for the paneer cubes to be fried.

making paneer koliwada recipe

12. Coat the paneer cubes with the batter and drop them gently in the hot oil.

making paneer koliwada recipe

13. Fry on medium flame and do not over crowd the kadai. Add depending on the size of the kadai. You can fry paneer in two to three batches. Alternatively you can even pan fry or shallow fry the paneer cubes.

making paneer koliwada recipe

14. When one side is golden, turn over with a slotted spoon and continue to fry.

making paneer koliwada recipe

15. Turn over a couple of times more and fry till the paneer cubes are golden and crisp.

making paneer koliwada recipe

16. Remove with a slotted spoon draining the extra oil in the pan. Do not overdo the frying part as then the paneer cubes can become dense and hard.

paneer koliwada recipe

17. Remove paneer koliwada on kitchen paper towels for extra oil to be absorbed. This way continue to fry the remaining paneer cubes.

paneer koliwada recipe

18. Sprinkle chaat masala and then Serve paneer koliwada hot with a side of sliced onions, lemon wedges and mint chutney.

koliwada paneer recipe
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paneer koliwada recipe

Paneer Koliwada

5 from 2 votes
Paneer koliwada is a tasty snack made with marinated & batter coated fried paneer cubes. 
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine Indian Street Food
Course: Side Dish, Snacks

Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

for marinating paneer

  • 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1.5 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste or 1 inch ginger & 4 to 5 medium garlic cloves crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder

ingredients for paneer koliwada batter

  • ½ cup besan (gram flour)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • salt as required
  • 4 tablespoons water or add as required
  • oil as required, for deep frying

serving ingredients

  • 1 small to medium onion - thinly sliced
  • 1 small lime or lemon - chopped
  • chaat masala as required

Instructions

marinating paneer

  • Chop 200 grams paneer in cubes and take them in a bowl.
  • Add 1.5 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder, 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice and salt as required. 
  • Gently mix everything with your hands without breaking the paneer cubes. If you are unable to mix, then toss the bowl, so that the ingredients get mixed. Cover the bowl and marinate for 20 to 30 minutes.

making batter for paneer koliwada

  • In another mixing bowl take ½ cup besan (gram flour). 
  • Then add ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, ½ teaspoon ajwain, 1 teaspoon chaat masala and 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder.
  • Now add 4 tablespoons water.
  • Mix very well to get a thick batter without any lumps.
  • Add the marinated paneer cubes in the batter.
  • Gently mix well with your hands or a spoon without breaking the paneer cubes. Check the taste of the batter and if required you can add more salt.

frying paneer koliwada

  • Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. Add a tiny portion of the batter in the oil. If it comes up gradually and steadily, the oil is ready for the paneer cubes to be fried.
  • Coat the paneer cubes evenly with the batter and drop them gently in the hot oil.
  • Fry on medium flame and do not over crowd the kadai. Add depending on the size of the kadai. You can fry paneer in two to three batches. Alternatively you can even pan fry or shallow fry the paneer cubes.
  • When one side is golden, turn over with a slotted spoon and continue to fry.
  • Turn over a couple of times more and fry till the paneer cubes are golden and crisp.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon draining the extra oil in the pan. Do not over do the frying part as then the paneer cubes can become dense and hard.
  • Remove paneer koliwada on kitchen paper towels for extra oil to be absorbed. This way continue to fry the remaining paneer cubes.
  • Sprinkle chaat masala and then serve paneer koliwada hot with a side of sliced onions, lemon wedges and mint-curd chutney.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Paneer Koliwada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 44mg2%
Potassium 245mg7%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 22.8mg28%
Calcium 344mg34%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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