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Paneer Pakora

Gram flour coated cottage cheese fritters. these tasty paneer pakoda are crisp from outside and soft from inside.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: snacks
Cuisine: north indian
Servings: 2 to 3
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 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.


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1214mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 2.3mg