Paneer Pakoras

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


  1. Mix the masalas, baking soda and besan together
  2. Slowly add water and 1tsp of oil. Whisk to make a smooth lump free batter
  3. Now put the paneer cubes into the batter and coat
  4. Batter consistency should be slightly thick
  5. Once the oil for deep frying is hot, deep fry a few batter coated cubes at a time
  6. Fry until the pakoras are crisp and golden
  7. Place pakoras on paper towels to drain access oil
  8. 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 



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