How to make Thread Paneer -

Marinated thick cottage cheese fingers dipped in batter coated with shredded wonton strips and deep fried.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Cottage cheese (paneer) (पनीर), Wonton sheets

Cuisine : Indo-Chinese

Course : Snacks and Starters

Thread Paneer

Thread Paneer Recipe Card


Chinese food is an integral part of the Indian culinary scene. In Indian Chinese cuisine the food is modified to suit Indian palate. In this Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques are adapted to Indian tastes and contain larger offering of vegetarian dishes. Today, it is not only enjoyed by the Indians but is also highly appreciated in in Malaysia, Singapore and North America.  
Foods tend to be flavoured with Indian spices such as cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and turmeric, which are traditionally not associated with authentic Chinese cuisine. Hot chilli, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, dry red chillies, black pepper corns and yogurt are also frequently used in Indo Chinese dishes. This makes Indian Chinese food similar in taste to many dishes of Singapore and Malaysia, which have strong Chinese and Indian cultural influences.
Non-staple dishes are generally served with generous helpings of gravy, although they are also available without gravy. Culinary styles often seen in Indian Chinese fare include chilli where the food is hot and batter-fried; Manchurian which consists of a sweet and salty brown sauce; and Szechwan sauce which is a spicy red sauce. These are generally not used in authentic Chinese food preparation.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Thread Paneer Recipe

  • Cottage cheese (paneer) cut into 1½ inch thick strips 300 grams

  • Wonton sheets shredded 15-20

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Soy sauce 1 teaspoon

  • Green chilli sauce 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Refined flour-cornstarch batter 2 cups

  • Schezwan sauce to serve


Step 1

Take cottage cheese strips in a bowl, add ginger-garlic paste, soy sauce, green chilli sauce, salt and crushed peppercorns and mix well.

Step 2

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Spread shredded wonton strips on a plate.

Step 3

Add salt and crushed peppercorns to the batter and mix well.

Step 4

Dip each marinated cottage cheese strip in the batter, coat with shredded wonton sheets, slide into hot oil and deep-fry till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 5

Arrange them on a serving plate and serve hot with Schezwan sauce.

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