Paneer Pakoras.. succulent pieces of soft paneer coated in a crisp, golden batter.
These are perfect with a cup of tea and a hit with children and adults alike!
As a student I don’t have time to make paneer myself, so I always keep a pack or two of processed paneer and keep in in my fridge. You can buy a pack from any Indian grocery store and increasingly supermarkets in the cheese section.
There are a few variations on this recipe, including green chutney inside the pakora. This is the recipe I use when I am craving these pakoras like crazy.
I like to serve these with some green chutney or even just some tomato ketchup.
Try these as a snack with a hot cup of masala tea or even a cuppa – you’ll thank me for the combo suggestion 😜
You can serve these as a starter or even when guests come round and you are unsure what snacks to put in front of them!
Prep: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves 3 people
- 250g of paneer cubed
- 1 cup of gram flour – Besan
- 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
- 1/2 teaspoon of red chilli powder – lal mirch
- 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric powder – haldi
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 tsp pf oil for batter
- Pinch of hing
- 1/2 teaspoon of carom seeds – ajwain
- 3/4 cup of water but use as required
- oil for deep frying
- salt to taste
- Mix the masalas, baking soda and besan together
- Slowly add water and 1tsp of oil. Whisk to make a smooth lump free batter
- Now put the paneer cubes into the batter and coat
- Batter consistency should be slightly thick
- Once the oil for deep frying is hot, deep fry a few batter coated cubes at a time
- Fry until the pakoras are crisp and golden
- Place pakoras on paper towels to drain access oil
- Serve hot with ketchup or chutney
- You can also sprinkle some chaat masala or black pepper on top before serving
- Fry on a medium flame