Paneer Pakoras

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 to 14 pakoras
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1 cup chickpea flour

1 teaspoon fenugreek leaves

1 teaspoon garam masala

1/4 teaspoon ground paprika

Pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons yogurt

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1/2 pound solid paneer, homemade, recipe follows or purchased Indian Cheese

Chutney, for serving

Indian Cheese (Homemade Paneer)

4 cups whole milk

1/4 cup vinegar


  1. Mix the chickpea flour, fenugreek leaves, garam masala, paprika, and salt and pepper, in a medium- sized bowl and mix. Add the yogurt and water, and mix until a thick batter is formed. Add a little water if it seems too thick. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Dip the paneer into the batter and then carefully add to the hot oil, using tongs. Fry on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Serve with chutney.

Indian Cheese (Homemade Paneer)

  1. Bring the milk to a boil in a large pot. Add the vinegar, and stir until the mixture separates into solids and liquid. Drain the mixture through cheesecloth set in a large mesh sieve over a bowl. Wrap the ends of the cheesecloth around the curd and put a heavy weight on it such as a cookie jar or rice container. Place the mixture in the refrigerator. Let the water drain completely for at least one hour, or overnight for a firmer paneer. Remove the paneer from the cheesecloth, and use the paneer immediately, or refrigerate in a covered container for up to 5 days.

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