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Crispy Paneer - Airfryer Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Crispy Paneer (cottage cheese) is a great party starter/appetizer and can also be served as a snack to kids!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 12 discs
Author: Shireen Sequeira @ www.ruchikrandhap.com
  • 250 grams fresh malai paneer crumbled
  • 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 " ginger minced
  • 1-2 green chillies minced (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon chat masala or a few drops of lime juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
For the coating
  • 3 tablespoons of flour maida
  • 1 tablespoon approx water
  • 1/2 - 3/4 th cup or as required breadcrumbs or semolina
  1. Heat oil in a wok and fry the ginger, garlic & green chillies one by one. Add the chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent. Add the chopped coriander too.

  2. Remove the wok from the heat and add the crumbled paneer, chat masala or lime juice, salt & pepper to taste. When the mixture has cooled down sufficiently, divide it into 12 portions and roll each portion into a ball and flatten it to form a patty
  3. Mix the flour and the water into a small, wide based bowl. Spread out the breadcrumbs into a plate
  4. Dip each patty carefully into the flour paste and roll it in the breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  5. Preheat the airfryer to 200 degrees c for 5 minutes. Then place the prepared patties in the wire basket and cook for 6 minutes. Flip them and cook again for approx 4-5 minutes or till they turn golden brown.
  6. Remove and serve immediately with mint chutney or ketchup
Recipe Notes

If you wish you can brush the patties with some oil before airfrying. To make them the regular way, you can shallow fry or deep fry them according to your wish.

In India, cottage cheese is synonymous with paneer. However, the difference is that cottage cheese is salted & may contain cream leading to a creamier texture than paneer which is unsalted and slightly firm. The process to make both is the same but may be packaged differently. If you are using cottage cheese for this recipe, omit or add salt according to taste.