How to make Crunchy Paneer Pakora -

Chunks of paneer slathered with a spicy garlic chutney, coated in a gram flour batter and crunchy boondi and fried.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Cottage cheese, Gram flour

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Crunchy Paneer Pakora

Crunchy Paneer Pakora Recipe Card


Cubes or thick fingers of paneer stuffed with spicy garlic chutney, dipped in gram flour batter, coated with crushed boondi and deep-fried make one of the most perfect starters. Crunchy outside and soft inside this one is a definite hit with all the paneer lovers.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Crunchy Paneer Pakora Recipe

  • Cottage cheese 250 grams

  • Gram flour 1 cup

  • Boondi 1 cup

  • Garlic cloves 8-10

  • Oil 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Soda bicarbonate a pinch

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Cut cottage cheese into two inch by half inch by half inch batons. Slit each baton into half leaving one edge intact for filling.

Step 2

Crush the boondi with your hand and set aside. To make garlic chutney, peel and roast garlic in one teaspoon of oil.

Step 3

Mix with red chilli powder and salt and grind to a smooth paste. To prepare batter mix gram flour with this paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, soda bicarbonate and salt.

Step 4

Add sufficient water and whisk well to make a batter of a coating consistency.

Step 5

Rest the batter for about fifteen minutes. Stuff garlic chutney into the slit of each cottage cheese baton.

Step 6

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai, dip each cottage cheese baton in the batter, roll in the crushed boondi and deep fry on medium heat till crisp and golden brown.

Step 7

Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot with a chutney of your choice.

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