Make spicy and crispy paneer pakoda recipe

Paneer Pakoda

About the recipe  

Quick pakoda recipe using Paneer, Indian cottage cheese, chickpea flour and spices. Paneer pakoda can be made when you have sudden guests home or want to make something instantly for your family.  These also go as a very good  starter or snack for kids’ parties. As it requires no chopping or any other kind of preparation work they are very very quick to make.

Paneer pakora can be served with green chutney or can be had as it is with your evening cup of tea. I made these along with garlic red chili chutney sometime back on a weekend for the evening snack.

Usually for pakora recipes, there is no rice flour used. But I have used here just to make them crispy. You can skip it if you do not have.

Recipe type: Snack

Cuisine: Indian

Yield / Serves: 3 to 4


What Ingredients it Requires ? 

200 grams paneer cut to desired sizes:

  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • Oil for deep frying

For pakora batter:

  • ½ cup besan
  • 2 tbsps rice flour or corn flour (to make crispy, optional)
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • Salt as needed
  • ¾ to 1 tsp ajwain
  • 1 tsp ginger chili paste
  • Water as needed

How to prepare the recipe:

  • Cut paneer to desired sizes.
  • Sprinkle red chili powder, garam masala and chaat masala.
  • Toss them well in the bowl. Set this aside.
  • Heat oil in a deep kadai on a medium heat.
  • Add besan, rice flour, salt, ajwain, red chili powder, ginger chili paste to a bowl.
  • Add water just enough to make a thick but free flowing batter.
  • When the oil is hot enough, dip each paneer piece in the batter, swipe off the excess dripping batter. Drop it in the hot oil. You can use your fingers or a table spoon to do this.
  • Gently keep stirring & flipping to fry evenly until they turn golden.
  • Drain them on a kitchen tissue.
  • Serve paneer pakoda hot with chutney or a cup of tea.


Improve the Recipe with tips:

You can shallow fry the paneer before before adding into batter will give you crispy taste of pakoda.


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