Fried Paneer Cheese Pakora

Fried paneer cheese pakora recipe

​The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii 

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
459 Calories
37g Fat
15g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 459
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 749mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 365mg 28%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 280mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Paneer pakoras are Indian paneer cheese cubes or slices fried in a gram flour (chickpea flour, also sometimes just called "besan") batter. Ah fried cheese, is there anything more indulgent? Fried Indian paneer cheese, battered and fried like a traditional Indian pakora is absolutely delicious.

Paneer pakoras are made with chickpea flour, which is "stickier" than regular flour when making pakoras. Check in a large health food store or take a trip to a local Asian grocer if your regular grocer doesn't stock it. It's a common ingredient in vegetarian Indian cooking, and, since it keeps well, you can also always order some chickpea flour online. 

If you don't want to use the traditional cooking method of using ghee (Indian butter), any high-heat cooking oil will do—you can use peanut oil for a nice flavor, canola oil, safflower oil or sunflower oil, or, just use generic vegetable oil. 


  • 1 (250-gram) package paneer cheese, sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices or cubes

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (or gram flour, or besan)

  • 2 teaspoons ghee, or high-heat cooking oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, optional

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste

  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup water

  • Oil, for frying

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for fried paneer
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  2. Whisk together the chickpea flour, oil or ghee, garam masala, salt, and chili powder. Slowly incorporate water, adding just enough to form a thick batter.

    Whisk together chickepea flour
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  3. Dip each paneer slice in batter, turning to coat well.

    Dip paneer in batter
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  4. Fry in hot oil just until lightly golden brown.

    Fry in oil
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  5. These fried paneer slices are best when they're fresh, so enjoy your paneer pakoras hot.

    Serve paneer slices
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