How to make Paneer Koliwada -

This unique recipe is a treat for vegetarians due to the use of cottage cheese. A must try

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Cottage cheese (paneer) (पनीर), Gram flour

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Paneer Koliwada

Paneer Koliwada Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Paneer Koliwada Recipe

  • Cottage cheese (paneer) grated 3/4 cup

  • Gram flour 1 1/2 cups

  • Yogurt 2 tablespoons

  • Red chilli-garlic paste 1/2 tablespoon

  • Fresh mint paste 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander paste 1 teaspoon

  • Ginger-garlic paste 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Chaat masala 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon

  • Baking soda A pinch

  • Lemon juice 2 teaspoons

  • Oil for shallow frying

  • Fresh coriander sprigs to garnish

  • Onion rings to serve

  • Green chutney to serve


Step 1

Take yogurt in a bowl, add red chilli-garlic paste, mint paste, coriander paste, ginger-garlic paste, salt, red chilli powder, chaat masala, cumin powder, gram flour and some water and whisk to make a smooth and thick batter.

Step 2

Add baking soda, lemon juice and whisk. Add cottage cheese and mix well.

Step 3

Heat sufficient oil in a in a non-stick pan, place small portions of the mixture, keeping a little distance between each, flatten them slightly and shallow-fry, turning sides, till evenly golden brown on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 4

Arrange them on a serving platter, garnish with coriander sprigs and serve hot with onion rings and green chutney.

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