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Paneer Pakora Recipe | How to make Paneer Pakora at home

If you love Indian food and a discussion comes around Indian Snacks and you don't talk about Pakora recipes then that just can't happen. The reason being, Pakoras are widely popular snacks and street food in India. Pakoras are usually served with Green sauce or as it is called in local language as Hari Chutney or Coriander Chutney. There are many different types of Pakoras which you can prepare at home. This article focuses on Paneer Pakora recipe which is a very common street snack. Since it is very tasty and easy to prepare, Paneer Pakora has recently found its place in bigger parties and celebrations menu.
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If you love Indian food and a discussion comes around Indian Snacks and you don’t talk about Pakora recipes then that just can’t happen. The reason being, Pakoras are widely popular snacks and street food in India. Pakoras are usually served with Green sauce or as it is called in local language as Hari Chutney or Coriander Chutney. There are many different types of Pakoras which you can prepare at home. This article focuses on Paneer Pakora recipe which is a very common street snack. Since it is very tasty and easy to prepare, Paneer Pakora has recently found its place in big parties and celebrations menu.

Paneer Pakora Recipe | How to make Paneer Pakora at home

Paneer is a high source of protein and 100 gm Paneer provides 18 g protein, though it is also high in calories. There are many Paneer items which you can prepare at home such as Kadai Paneer, Palak Paneer, Matar Paneer, Paneer Pulao, Paneer Bread Pakora etc. For Vegetarians Paneer is a very great alternative for their daily protein needs. Paneer pakora is a great weekend option to try especially during monsoon and winter season. You can serve it with Tea or Coffee during cold weather while during summers you can serve it with cold drinks, juices or smoothies. Refer recipe card and detailed steps to follow our Paneer Pakora recipe. Create these crispy Paneer Pakoras at home this monsoon and impress your family and friends.


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Making Paneer Pakora at home

In this section we will go through detailed steps with pictures of different milestones so you can validate your progress as you our follow Paneer Pakoda recipe.

Prerequisite to make Paneer Pakora

Finely chop green chillies and coriander leaves. These will be later added in the Paneer Pakora batter. Chop Paneer into 1 inch rectangular shapes of equal sizes. Ensure not to cut thick pieces else you may not experience the perfect blend of Paneer and spices taste while you eat Paneer Pakora.

First slice paneer into small pieces to make Paneer Pakora
First slice paneer into small pieces to make Paneer Pakora

Prepare Paneer Pakora Batter

Now before you start preparing batter, take approx 2 cups of Vegetable oil in a deep frying pan and put it on gas. Switch the flame to high to heat up oil. This will ensure that by the time you prepare batter, oil is ready for frying Paneer Pakoras.

Now it is time to prepare the batter. Take Gram Flour, Rice flour, Asafoetida, Red chillies powder, green chillies, Garam Masala, Turmeric, Salt, coriander leaves and Carom Seed in a bowl and add 1/2 cup water to it.

Ingredients to make Paneer Pakora Batter
Ingredients to make Paneer Pakora Batter

Now mix all Ingredients properly so that there are no lump formations else it spoil the experience. Once you have mixed all ingredients your batter is ready.

Add some water and mix all ingredients to make Paneer Pakora batter
Add some water and mix all ingredients to make Paneer Pakora batter

Tips & Tricks – Once cooked, how good your Paneer Pakora will taste depends on the ratio of spices and their quality so choose your spices wisely.


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Deep Frying Paneer Pakora

By now the oil in frying pan should be hot enough to make Paneer Pakora. Check this by taking 1/2 tsp of batter and drop it in the frying pan. If it makes intense fizzing sound and the batter drop immediately floats in oil then it means oil is ready for frying.

Tips & Tricks – Remember, listen to sounds during cooking to understand your food better, just like we added a pinch of batter to check if oil is ready for frying.

Now take Paneer pieces and mix it well with batter such that batter wraps each Paneer piece properly and drop it in hot oil.

Caution – Be cautious of the hot oil spatter as they may cause burn. This may happen if you accidentally drop water droplets in the hot oil, so be careful.

While you fry Paneer Pakora, roll them over repeatedly so they get fried evenly on both sides. Fry Paneer Pakora until they turn golden brown in colour. Once they get the required colour you can take them out using slotted turner or slotted spoon.

Dip Paneer pieces in Paneer Pakora batter and put them into cooking oil for deep frying
Dip Paneer pieces into Paneer Pakora batter and put them into hot cooking oil for deep frying

Before taking them out, take a kitchen towel or tissue papers and place them on a plate. This will absorb access oil from Pakoras.

Your Paneer Pakoras are now ready to be served.

Though Paneer Pakoras taste best on their own but you can serve them with some Tomato sauce or Coriander Chutney. Also, why not experiment them with some garlic sauce? Paneer Pakoras are great snacks especially during rainy days and cold winter days.

You can also sprinkle some Chat Masala and herbs such as Parsley and Oregano on top of Paneer Pakoras for enhanced flavour.

Once fried take Paneer Pakoras out and serve with some tomato sauce and Coriander Chutney with Tea
Once fried take Paneer Pakoras out and serve with some tomato sauce and Coriander Chutney with Tea

Chef Recommendation for Paneer Pakora

  • In case you do not have Rice flour, you can skip it and the Paneer Pakoras will still be delicious.
  • If you want to make it more Spicy, add some Chat Masala on top of Paneer and keep it for sometime.

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Crispy Paneer Pakora served with coriander chutney, tomato sauce and tea

Paneer Pakora Recipe

If you love Indian food and a discussion comes around Indian Snacks and you don’t talk about Pakora recipes then that just can’t happen. The reason being, Pakoras are widely popular snacks and street food in India. Pakoras are usually served with Green sauce or as it is called in local language as Hari Chutney or Coriander Chutney. There are many different types of Pakoras which you can prepare at home. This article focuses on Paneer Pakora recipe which is a very common street snack. Since it is very tasty and easy to prepare, Paneer Pakora has recently found its place in bigger parties and celebrations menu.
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Course: Food Recipes, Snack, Snacks & Sides
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Team Felicity

Ingredients

Main Ingredients for Paneer Pakora

  • 100 g Paneer

Main Ingredients for Paneer Pakora Batter

  • 1/3 cup Gram flour Besan
  • 1 tbsp Rice flour Chawal Aata
  • 5 g Green Chillies Hari Mirch
  • 1/4 tsp Salt As per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Carom Seeds Ajwain
  • 1/8 tsp Red chillies powder Lal Mirch
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Haldi
  • Pinch of Asafoetida Hing
  • Few Coriander leaves

Optional Ingredients for Paneer Pakora

  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala

Garnishing

  • 1/4 tsp Chat Masala for added flavour and garnishing
  • 1/8 tsp dried Parsley for added flavour and garnishing
  • 1/8 tsp dried Oregano for added flavour and garnishing

Frying

  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying

Instructions

Preparation Steps to make Paneer Pakora

  • Finely chop Green chillies and Coriander leaves.
    5 g Green Chillies, Few Coriander leaves
  • Chop Paneer into 1 inch rectangular shapes.
    100 g Paneer
  • Take approx 2 cup Vegetable oil in a deep frying pan and put it on gas and switch it to high flame. This you can do so that oil is heated till the time you prepare the batter.
    Vegetable Oil

How to make Paneer Pakora Batter

  • Now to prepare the batter, take Gram Flour, Rice flour, Asafoetida, Red chilies powder, green chilies, coriander leaves, Turmeric, Garam Masala, Salt and Carom Seed in a bowl and add 1/2 cup water to it.
    1/3 cup Gram flour, 1 tbsp Rice flour, 5 g Green Chillies, 1/4 tsp Salt, 1/4 tsp Carom Seeds, 1/8 tsp Red chillies powder, 1/4 tsp Turmeric, Pinch of Asafoetida, Few Coriander leaves, 1/4 tsp Garam Masala
  • Now mix all Ingredients properly so that there are no lump formations else it will spoil the experience. Your batter is now ready.

How to make Paneer Pakora

  • By now the oil in frying pan should be hot enough to make Paneer Pakora. To check this take 1/2 tsp batter and drop it in the frying pan. If it makes intense fizzing sound and the batter drop immediately floats in oil then it means oil is ready for frying.
  • Take Paneer pieces and mix it well with batter such that batter wraps each Paneer piece properly and drop it in hot oil. Be cautious of the hot oil spatter as they may cause burn. This may happen if you accidentally drop water droplets in the hot oil, so be careful.
  • While you fry, roll over Paneer Pakoras so they get fried evenly on both sides. Fry Paneer Pakora until they turn golden brown. Once they get the required colour you can take them out using slotted turner or slotted spoon.
  • Your Paneer Pakoras are now ready to be served. Before serving, sprinkle some Chat Masala and some herbs such as Parsley and Oregano on top of Paneer Pakoras.
    1/4 tsp Chat Masala, 1/8 tsp dried Parsley, 1/8 tsp dried Oregano

Notes

Some considerations while cooking and serving –
  • In case you do not have Rice flour, you can skip it and the Paneer Pakoras will still be delicious.
  • To make it more spicy, you can mix raw Paneer with some Chat masala.
  • Do not fry Pakoras on low flame as in such case they will soak more oil and not cook properly.
  • You can complement Paneer Pakoras with Rice Kheer and serve with Aamras.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 292kcal (15%) | Carbohydrates: 15g (5%) | Protein: 13g (26%) | Fat: 20g (31%) | Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg (12%) | Sodium: 678mg (29%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 3g (3%)
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