How to make Paneer 65 - SK Khazana -

An excellent starter for your next party – paneer cubes marinated and deep-fried in South Indian style

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Cottage cheese (paneer) (पनीर), Yogurt (दही)

Cuisine : South Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Paneer 65 - SK Khazana

Paneer 65 - SK Khazana Recipe Card


India’s peninsular region comprises of four states that can all together boast of around a dozen different cuisines. This is more than any other part of Asia.
There is something unique about the South Indian food that evokes extreme devotion from all who take pride in its food culture. 
South Indian cuisine has its own niche. If you are in Andhra Pradesh you will relish a coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalseema cuisine in addition to Mughlai in Nizami style. Karnataka? It will give you north Karnataka, Saraswat, Coorgi and Mangalorean cuisines. Take a trip to Tamil Nadu to relish its Chettinad cuisine, Madurai and Coimbatore styles of cooking. Kerala, God’s own country, has the Moplah, the Syrian Christian and the Palakkad Iyer food to boast of.
South Indian food is based on a calculated and scientific culture that has been passed down from one generation to another. There is a basic understanding of what to eat in the winters and summers, what not to when one is ill, what to eat to avoid being ill and what to eat when one has a fever. There are no owners for these rules but these safely guarded secrets and recipes are an integral part of traditional South Indian home cooking.

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Paneer 65 - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Cottage cheese (paneer) cut into medium cubes 400 grams

  • Yogurt 3/4 cup

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Black peppercorns crushed 1 teaspoon

  • Refined flour 1/4 cup

  • Cornflour 4 tablespoons

  • Oil to deep fry

  • Ghee 1 tablespoon

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves chopped 7-8


Step 1

Take yogurt in a bowl, add ginger-garlic paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and salt and mix well. Add cottage cheese cubes and mix till all the cubes are well coated. Set aside to marinate for 10-15 minutes.

Step 2

Add crushed black pepper, refined flour and cornflour to the marinated cottage cheese cubes and mix well.

Step 3

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai, slide in the cottage cheese cubes and deep-fry till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 4

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add cumin seeds, and once they change colour add curry leaves and fried cottage cheese cubes and mix well.

Step 5

Transfer into a serving serve hot.

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