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gram flour coated cottage cheese fritters. these tasty paneer pakoda are crisp from outside and soft from inside.

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total time:
25minutes

paneer pakora recipe with step by step photos – these tasty paneer pakoras are crisp from outside and soft from inside.

paneer pakora recipe, paneer pakoda recipe

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 an 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 pakoras then make some more varieties of pakoras and have them with rotis or chapatis as we have.

if you want to make paneer at home then you can refer this post explaining the method to make paneer.

serve paneer pakora sprinkled with chaat masala along with tomato sauce or mint chutney or green chutney or coriander chutney.

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paneer pakora recipe

gram flour coated cottage cheese fritters. these tasty paneer pakoda are crisp from outside and soft from inside.
course snacks
cuisine north indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 25 minutes
servings 2 to 3
rough calories per serving 396 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 125 to 150 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 to 2 pinch red chili powder (lal mirch 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

how to make paneer pakora recipe

making paneer pakora batter

  1. slice 125 to 150 grams of paneer into cubes or square

  2. add 1 cup besan into a mixing bowl or vessel.

  3. chop the paneer into cubes or squares.

  4. 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.

  5. pour ⅔ to ¾ cup water and mix well.

  6. 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

  1. heat mustard oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.

  2. when the oil becomes hot, add the batter coated paneer cubes gently in medium hot oil.

  3. when one side is light golden, gently flip the pakoras. continue to fry the paneer pakoras till golden and crisp on medium flame.

  4. remove the pakoras with a slotted spoon. drain paneer pakoda on paper towels to remove excess oil.

  5. serve hot paneer pakora sprinkled lightly with some chaat masala with coriander chutney or tomato sauce.

recipe notes

  • you can adjust the spice quantity as per your taste. i have made the paneer pakoras mildly spiced.

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how to make paneer pakoda recipe

1. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making paneer pakora.

paneer pakora recipe

2. slice 125 to 150 grams of paneer (cottage cheese) into cubes or square.

paneer pakora recipe

3. in a mixing bowl or vessel, take 1 cup besan (gram flour).

paneer pakora recipe

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.

paneer pakora recipe

5. mix very well.

paneer pakora recipe

6. pour ⅔ to ¾ cup water and mix well.

paneer pakora recipe

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.

paneer pakora recipe

8. dip the paneer cubes into the batter. coat them well.

paneer pakora recipe

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.

paneer pakora recipe

10. when the oil becomes medium hot, add the batter coated paneer cubes in the oil. keep the flame to medium.

paneer pakora recipe

11. when one side is light golden, gently flip the pakoras and continue to fry the second side.

paneer pakora recipe

12. flip a couple of times for even frying of the pakoras. when the pakoras become crisp and golden then remove them with a slotted spoon.

paneer pakora recipe

13. drain paneer pakora on paper towels to remove excess oil.

paneer pakora recipe

14. serve paneer pakoda sprinkled with chaat masala along with tomato sauce or mint chutney or green chutney or coriander chutney.

paneer pakora recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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17 comments/reviews

  1. I really like your recipes but my one complaint is the measures are always a bit confusing. In this one the paneer is measured out in grams but the flour is in cups. How big is the cup?what kind of cup – an American cup? Your recipes say one cup =250 ml. Even more confusing – how do I measure the flour in ml — do you mean 250 grams?

    • the cup measure is 250 ml. use the same cup and take the flour in it. that will give you 1 cup of flour which when measured in a weighing machine will weigh about 95 to 100 grams of besan. if you want to measure the gram flour in a weighing machine, then it will be approx 95 to 100 grams of flour.

  2. Hi dassana,
    In this recipe you’ve mentioned to press the pakoras before re-frying. I was wondering what is its purpose? Does pressing make them crisp?

    • Ruchi, yes they taste good and are crisp as well.

  3. Hi, thank you for your hard work. I just had a quick question, could you make this with frozen paneer and what will be the correct way to thaw it so it can be incorporated with the recipe. thank you.

    • with frozen paneer, you will have to allow the paneer to come at room temperature. then proceed with the recipe.

  4. Wonderful and sooooooooo Delicious

    • thanks kaviya

  5. I love Pakoras, But i want to make Ice-Cream pakoras. NO its true, here in Surat city there are shops where they sell ice cream pakoras. can you please share the recipe?

    • sanjana, i know the recipe but only tried once. i will try to add the recipe.

  6. I love paneer pakoras….but I use to add a little of garlic/ lasan chutney which is always available in my fridge, and they tastes so awwsome ….cant describe…

    • thanks krupali for sharing this tip. i am sure this way the paneer pakoras would taste great.

  7. i love it…so easy process to make

  8. I like it wow wow

  9. wow what a taste.

  10. Pakora looks absolutely delicious! This is what i really need in this cold/rainy day with hot cup of tea!

    • thanks medha

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