Paneer Popcorn, Paneer Pakoda, and Other Dishes: You Gotta Try These Crispy Paneer Bites

Paneer Dishes

Do you like paneer? Check out these 5 crispy paneer snack dishes.

Here Are 5 Crispy Paneer Snacks To Choose From:

1. Paneer Popcorn Recipe

The vegetarian version of this crispy snack is inspired by the famous fast restaurant chicken popcorn. Before deep frying, the paneer cubes are drenched in spicy masalas and then covered in a batter and cornflakes.

Ingredients of Paneer Popcorn

  • 250 gms Paneer cubes
  • 1/4 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Dry Parsley
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • to taste Salt
  • 1/2 cup Besan (gram flour)
  • 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 2 to 3 pinches Turmeric powder
  • A pinch of Baking Soda
  • Salt as required
  • 5-6 tbsp Water
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs


1.Combine paneer, Kashmiri red chilli powder, dry parsley, oregano, black pepper powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Gently fold in the paneer cubes to avoid breaking them.

2.Combine besan, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, and baking soda in a separate basin.

3.Add water to the basin and stir to create a thick batter. The batter should be smooth and lump-free.

4.Dip each paneer cube in the batter until well coated. Coat the paneer with breadcrumbs.

5.Fry the covered paneer till brown, and the paneer popcorn is done!

2. Paneer Tikki Recipe

Tikkis are one of India’s most popular street snacks. The paneer tikki is made with paneer and potatoes, seasoned with spices and chilies, then fried till crispy. Serve with onion rings and a mint or coriander chutney on the side.

Ingredients of Paneer Tikki

  • 200 Gram Paneer, mashed
  • 1 Potato (peeled), boiled
  • 1/4 cup Singhare ka atta (water chestnut)
  • 2 tsp Sendha namak (white rock salt)
  • 1/4 tsp Kali mirch (powdered black pepper)
  • 1 Green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Tulsi leaves, finely chopped
  • For pan frying Ghee


1.Mash potatoes with paneer, atta, rock salt, pepper, green chilies, and tulsi till smooth and dough-like.

2.Shape into flat rounds (grease your hands if it sticks).

3.In a nonstick frying pan, melt a thin layer of ghee. Fry the rounds until crisp and golden on both sides over medium heat.

4.If necessary, add a bit extra ghee and serve hot with chutney.

3. Paneer Pakoda Recipe

Who does not enjoy pakodas? This beloved teatime snack speaks to every Indian’s heart. Paneer pakoda is an all-time favourite pakoda recipe. Paneer slices are dipped in a batter of gramme flour and spices before being deep-fried till golden yellow.

Ingredients of Paneer Pakoras

  • 500 gms 5paneer (cut into desired sized pieces)
  • For the batter:
  • 200 gms gram flour water
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin salt (crushed)
  • 1 tsp soda bi-carb
  • Oil (for deep frying)
  • chaat masala


1.Combine water, flour, red chilli powder, cumin, turmeric, salt, and bicarbonate soda to make a thick batter.

2.Coat each slice in batter before deep frying.

3.Spread chaat masala on top and serve with ketchup or chutney.

4. Corn Flakes Crumbed Paneer Recipe

If you like fish fingers, the vegetarian version of the meal will make you salivate. Paneer is sliced into finger shapes, then marinated in a thick batter, covered with corn flakes, and fried till crispy.

Ingredients of Corn Flakes Crumbed Paneer

  • 50 gm corn flakes – crushed
  • 100 gm thin sliced paneer
  • 30 gm refined flour (maida)
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • For marination:
  • 5 gm degi mirch powder
  • 10 gm ginger and garlic paste
  • 4 gm garam masala powder
  • Salt – to taste
  • 2 gm black pepper powder
  • 10 gm chopped coriander


1.Marinate paneer with the ingredients listed. (for around 10 minutes)

2.Combine the egg/water and refined flour to make a batter.

3.Coat the paneer with the corn flakes after dipping it in the batter.

4.Deep fried in medium heat oil until crispy.

5.Serve with tomato ketchup or chutney, if desired.

5. Paneer Lollipop Recipe

A tasty blend of paneer, potato, chiles, and spices, paneer lollipop is a fantastic weekend snack! Combine this crispy lollipop with the chilli garlic chutney for the ideal party snack.

Ingredients of Paneer Lollipop

  • 1 Cup paneer
  • 2 potato (boiled)
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1/2 capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • to taste salt
  • to taste red chilli powder
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup maida


1.In a mixing dish, combine the paneer and boiling potatoes.

2.Mix in the capsicum and all of the spice ingredients.

3.Cover and let aside for 15-20 minutes to allow the veggies to absorb all of the flavours.

4.Shape the mixture into little spherical balls. Set aside.

5.Make a maida slurry by combining the flour and water until it reaches the consistency of a drop.

6.Roll the paneer balls in bread crumbs after dipping them in the maida slurry.

7.Fry till golden brown. Serve with chutney or sauce and toothpicks inside each ball.

Try these crispy paneer snacks and let us know which one you like.


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