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Easy and delicious recipe for making paneer pakoras.

How to Make Paneer Pakoras

The recipe for making paneer pakoras with pudina (mint) filling. These are exceptionally tasty and easy to make. Let's fry it up!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetisers, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Kanwal Kaur



  • 50 gram fresh mint leaves
  • 25 gram fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 small shallot (1-2 inches)
  • 1/2 tsp mango powder (amchoor)
  • salt to taste

Besan Batter

  • 8 tbsp black chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1.5 tsp mango powder (amchoor)
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 tbsp kasoori methi
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 500 gram paneer
  • 1 cup oil for frying


Make the Filling

  • Grind together mint leaves, coriander leaves, shallot, salt and 1 tsp mango powder.  Don't make it too fine and leave it bit coarse. 

Make the Pakoras

  • Slice the paneer into about two inches squares and  about 1/4 inch high.
  • Add the mint filling between the two slices of paneer (like you make a sandwich) and set them aside.
  • Mix together all the other ingredients of  the besan batter.  Make sure that the mixture is smooth and there are no besan solids. Mixture shouldn't be too runny or thick. Add or remove water if needed
  • Set the oil to medium high heat in a wok.
  • To test whether the oil is hot enough, take 1/4 tsp of the besan mix and add it to the oil. If the besan mixture rises to the surface quickly, then the oil is ready to start frying.  However, if the oil is producing smoke, it's too hot.
  • Dip the paneer slice (sandwiches) in to the besan batter and make sure it's covered with the batter on all sides


I use smoked mustard oil for frying. To smoke a mustard oil, heat up the oil until it starts to produce smoke. Turn off the heat and let the oil cool. Now, you can use this oil for frying. However, you can use any oil which is suitable for frying.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 635mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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