Paneer pakora recipe with step by step photos – these tasty paneer pakoras are crisp from outside and soft from inside.
Paneer pakoda is a popular pakora variety. at my in law’s home, whenever we make pakoras, to be had for dinner with rotis, then many varieties of pakodas are made. Usually paneer, aloo, gobi, onion and palak pakoda are must in that list.
Generally when I make any pakora at home then I fry them once. But At my in law’s place, they use a different lengthy technique to make pakoras. They fry them twice. the first batch is half fried & then pressed lightly in your palms or pressed with a bowl. They are second time fried till crisp & golden. I usually don’t do this method because it is time consuming but you can give it a try as frying this way makes the pakora very crisp.
At home, we usually fry any pakora in mustard oil. Frying in mustard oil gives a very good taste and flavor to the pakoras. Plus mustard oil has a high smoking point which makes it good for deep frying.
These paneer pakora can be had as a snack or with a cup of tea or if you are really fond of pakora then make some more varieties of pakoras and have them with rotis or chapatis as we have.
Serve paneer pakora sprinkled with chaat masala along with tomato sauce or mint chutney or green chutney or coriander chutney.
How to make paneer pakoda
1. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making paneer pakora.
2. Slice 125 to 150 grams of paneer (cottage cheese) into cubes or square.
3. In a mixing bowl or vessel, take 1 cup besan (gram flour).
4. Now add 1 pinch turmeric powder (haldi), 1 to 2 pinches of red chili powder, 1 to 2 pinches of garam masala powder, 1 pinch asafoetida (hing), ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain) and salt as required.
5. Mix very well.
6. Pour ⅔ to ¾ cup water and mix well.
7. Use a wired whisk to mix the batter. Make a thick flowing smooth batter without any lumps. You have to add water as required to make this thick flowing smooth batter.
8. Dip the paneer cubes into the batter. Coat them well.
Frying paneer pakora
9. Heat mustard oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. Instead of mustard oil, you can use sunflower oil or peanut oil also for frying.
10. When the oil becomes medium hot, add the batter coated paneer cubes in the oil. Keep the flame to medium.
11. When one side is light golden, gently flip the pakoras and continue to fry the second side.
12. Flip a couple of times for even frying of the pakoras. When paneer pakoda become crisp and golden then remove them with a slotted spoon.
13. Drain paneer pakora on paper towels to remove excess oil.
14. Serve paneer pakoda sprinkled with chaat masala along with tomato sauce or mint chutney or green chutney or coriander chutney.
- 125 to 150 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
- 1 cup besan (gram flour)
- 1 pinch turmeric powder
- 1 to 2 pinch red chili powder
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- 1 to 2 pinch garam masala powder
- ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
- ⅔ to ¾ cup water or as required
- salt as required
- mustard oil for deep frying
- some chaat masala for sprinkling
making pakora batter
- Slice 125 to 150 grams of paneer into cubes or square
- Add 1 cup besan into a mixing bowl or vessel.
- Chop the paneer into cubes or squares.
- Next add 1 pinch turmeric powder, 1 to 2 pinches red chili powder, 1 to 2 pinches garam masala powder, 1 pinch asafoetida, ½ teaspoon carom seeds and salt. Mix well.
- Pour ⅔ to ¾ cup water and mix well.
- Use a wired whisk to mix the batter. Make a thick flowing smooth batter without any lumps. You have to add water as required to make this thick flowing smooth batter.
making paneer pakora
- Heat mustard oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.
- When the oil becomes hot, add the batter coated paneer cubes gently in medium hot oil.
- When one side is lightly golden, gently flip the pakoras. Continue to fry the pakoras till golden and crisp on medium flame.
- Remove the pakoras with a slotted spoon. Drain them on paper towels to remove excess oil.
- Serve hot paneer pakora sprinkled lightly with some chaat masala with coriander chutney or tomato sauce.
- You can adjust the spice quantity as per your taste. I have made the paneer pakoras mildly spiced.