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Paneer Pakora Recipe

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Paneer Pakora is a delicious Indian snack that’s super easy to make! It’s paneer (Indian cheese) dipped in a gram flour batter and then deep-fried until crispy. We Indians enjoy eating pakoras, especially when it’s rainy or cold outside.

In India, we make all sorts of pakoras using different veggies and lentil batter as well, but these paneer pakoras are something special. They’re bursting with flavor and once you start eating them, it’s hard to stop!

Paneer pakoras are a hit in North Indian restaurants and you can easily whip them up at home too! They’re perfect for serving as appetizers or snacks at kids’ parties. These pakoras are a lifesaver when you have unexpected guests or when you need a quick snack for your family. Since there’s no chopping involved, they’re super fast to make.

Paneer Pakoda Recipe

Ingredients in Paneer Pakora

Paneer– Use fresh paneer, I generally use homemade paneer or get fresh paneer from a nearby dairy.

Gram flour- Also known as besan in Hindi, It is available in every Indian kitchen pantry.

Spices/Aromatics- Ginger garlic paste, salt, red chili powder, dry mango powder, black pepper powder, etc.

Other- Green chilies, oil to fry.

How to Make Paneer Pakora

Gram flour batter

In a medium-size mixing bowl add 1 cup gram of flour and water. Mix it well and then add 2 chopped green chilli and 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste.

(Note- The consistency of the batter should be medium which is neither thick nor thin and adding ginger garlic paste is optional but it adds extra flavor to the pakora)

Gram flour pakora batter

Let the batter rest for 1-2 hours at normal room temperature.

After 1 hour add 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder, a pinch of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon amchur powder (dried mango powder), 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves. Mix it well and the pakora batter is ready.

Spices in pakora batter

Dice 250 grams of paneer and sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper over it.

Paneer dipped in gram flour batter

Frying

Heat canola oil or refined oil in a deep bottom pan, once the oil is medium hot dip each paneer in the gram flour batter and drop in the oil gently.

Fry the paneer pakora at medium flame until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle chaat masala over it and serve it hot with chutney or the dip of your choice. They also pair perfectly with a hot cup of masala tea for a cozy evening treat

Fried paneer pakora

Top Tips

  • Use fresh paneer for paneer pakora for good texture and taste.
  • If you are following the Jain diet then add only ginger paste to the batter.
  • Rest the pakora batter for at least 1 hour for a good fluffy or airy texture and do not skip this step.
  • Oil temperature plays an important role so to get the right texture make sure the oil is medium-hot before frying otherwise pakora may turn soggy if the oil is not hot enough.

FAQs

what is Paneer Pakora?

Paneer pakora is a popular Indian snack made by coating pieces of paneer (Indian cheese) with a spiced gram flour batter and deep-frying them until crispy and golden brown.


How do I make paneer pakoras crispy?

To ensure crispy paneer pakoras, make sure the oil is hot enough before frying, and fry them in small batches. Also, ensure the batter is of the right consistency and that the pakoras are not overcrowded in the frying pan.


Can I bake paneer pakoras instead of frying them?

Yes, you can bake or air fry paneer pakoras for a healthier option. Place them on a greased baking sheet and bake at a high temperature until they are golden brown and crispy.


Are paneer pakoras suitable for vegans?

Paneer pakoras are not suitable for vegans as they contain paneer, which is a dairy product. However, you can make a vegan version using tofu instead of paneer and substituting dairy-based ingredients with plant-based alternatives.

Other Paneer Recipes You Might Like

Paneer fingers

Paneer pahadi tikka

Malai paneer

Paneer tikka without onion and garlic

Yield: 15-20 paneer pakoras

Paneer Pakora Recipe

Paneer Pakoda Recipe

Paneer pakoras are spicy, crispy, and full of flavor. They're a delightful snack that pairs perfectly with tangy green chutney.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250 gram paneer
  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • Water (as required)
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchur powder (dried mango powder)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • oil (to fry)

Instructions

  • In a medium-size mixing bowl add 1 cup gram of flour and water. Mix it well and then add 2 chopped green chilli and 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste.
  • (Note- The consistency of the batter should be medium which is neither thick nor thin and adding ginger garlic paste is optional but it adds extra flavor to the pakora)
  • Let the batter rest for 1-2 hours at normal room temperature.
  • After 1 hour add 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder, a pinch of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon amchur powder (dried mango powder), 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves. Mix it well and the pakora batter is ready.
  • Dice 250 grams of paneer and sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper over it.
  • Heat canola oil or refined oil in a deep bottom pan, once the oil is medium hot dip each paneer in the gram flour batter and drop in the oil gently.
  • Fry the paneer pakora at medium flame until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle chaat masala over it and serve it hot with chutney or the dip of your choice. They also pair perfectly with a hot cup of masala tea for a cozy evening treat

Notes

    • Use fresh paneer for paneer pakora for good texture and taste.
    • If you are following the Jain diet then add only ginger paste to the batter.
    • Oil temperature plays an important role so to get the right texture make sure the oil is medium-hot before frying otherwise pakora may turn soggy if the oil is not hot enough.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

All information presented are intended for informational purposes only.

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