How to make Paneer Capsicum Pakora -

A tempting snack made out of cottage cheese and capsicum.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Cottage Cheese, Green Capsicum (हरी शिमला मिर्च )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Paneer Capsicum Pakora

Paneer Capsicum Pakora Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Paneer Capsicum Pakora Recipe

  • Cottage Cheese 250 grams

  • Green Capsicum 2 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves bunch 1 medium

  • Fresh mint leaves bunch 1 medium

  • Green chillies 3-4

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil to deep fry


  • Ginger 1/2 inch piece

  • Garlic 2 cloves

  • Green chillies 2

  • Gram flour (besan) 1 cup

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 3 tablespoons

  • Baking powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Whole dry red chillies,crushed 1-2

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Oil 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste


  • Chaat masala 2 teaspoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Cut the paneer into one inch squares. Halve and deseed the capsicums and cut them into one inch squares. Roughly chop coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies, ginger and garlic. Grind together coriander leaves, mint leaves, four green chillies to a fine paste.

Step 2

Add lemon juice and salt to taste. Separately grind together ginger, garlic and two green chillies to a fine paste for the batter. In a bowl mix besan, cornflour, baking powder, turmeric powder, crushed red chillies, ginger-garlic-green chilli paste and salt. Add lemon juice and oil and mix. Add a little water to make a thick batter. Spread the green chutney on either side of the paneer squares.

Step 3

Stick capsicum squares on both sides of the paneer square. In a bowl mix chaat masala and red chilli powder. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Dip the sandwiched paneer pieces in the batter and deep fry till golden. Drain the pakoras on absorbent paper. Cut into two halves. Place on a serving plate. Sprinkle the dry masala and serve hot.

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