How to make Paneer Pakode -

Cubes of cottage cheese dipped in a mildly spiced chickpea batter and then deep fried. Strips of fresh paneer cheese dipped in a mildly spiced chickpea batter and then deep fried.

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Main Ingredients : Paneer (cottage cheese) (पनीर), Green chutney

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Snacks and Starters

Paneer Pakode

Paneer Pakode Recipe Card


English: Cottage Cheese
A favourite with the vegetarians, paneer made from milk is quite common, especially paneer recipes are quite popular in the Indian subcontinent. You can make it fresh, chhena – an another version or just use the ones that are readily available in the market to prepare everything from simple snacks, curries, sabzis, mithais, desserts and the likes. An ingredient that can be relished in the raw form too – try serving it as a starter just sprinkled with a little chaat masala, black salt and chilli powder!

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Paneer Pakode Recipe

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) 400 grams

  • Green chutney 1/2 cup

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Gram flour (besan) 1 1/2 cups

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 teaspoon

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 2 teaspoons

  • Soda bicarbonate a pinch

  • Rice flour 2 tablespoons

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Oil to deep fry


Step 1

Slit each paneer cube without cutting through. Apply the green chutney in the slit and set aside. Mix half teaspoon red chilli powder and salt in a plate and coat the sandwiched paneer with this mixture all over. Mix gram flour with ginger-garlic paste, carom seeds, soda bi carbonate, rice flour, remaining red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt.

Step 2

Add sufficient water and blend to make a thick and smooth batter. Set aside for ten to fifteen minutes. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Dip the sandwiched paneer cubes in the batter and deep fry till golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Serve hot with tomato ketchup or chutney of your choice.

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