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Category: Starters and finger foods
Serving: 18-20 bite sized pieces
Preparation: 45 minutes

Crisp fried golden paneer tikkis are a favorite starter in most Indian weddings and cocktail events. It is easy to make and light on the tummy. A good paneer tikki should be crisp and light. Dipped in fresh mint chutney these little nibbles will leave you asking for more...


paneer- 350g
kasoori methi powder- 1 tsp
roasted channa dal powder- 50-60g
amchur powder- 1tsp
salt- to taste

mustard oil- 1 tbsp
turmeric powder- 1 tsp
kalonji- 1/2 tsp
shahi jeera- 1/2 tsp
ajwain- 1/2 tsp
red onion chopped- 100g
garlic chopped- 20g
ginger chopped- 20g
green chili chopped- 10g

Oil for frying- 300ml


1. Heat mustard oil in a pan, once it starts to smoke add the spices in quick succession and allow to bloom.
2. Add the chopped garlic and ginger and saute them till they turn golden and add the turmeric powder.
3. Add the green chilli and chopped onion and saute for 8-10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.

4. Squeeze the excess moisture from the paneer and place in a bowl.
5. Mix all the dry ingredients and the tadka and knead till they form a homogeneous mixture.
6. Check for seasoning and make 20- 25 g balls and press between your palms to make small coins.
7. Make 18-20 coins and set aside.

8. This is an important step as the oil temperature determines the perfectly crisp tikkis.
9. Heat oil in a shallow pan between 180-190C.
10. Check the oil temperature by frying one tikki. It should be golden and not absorb too much oil.
12. Fry in batch of 6 pieces and golden on both sides.

Serving Ideas

fresh mint and lime chutney and cutting chai.

Most of the Ingredients will be available in Indian grocery stores.

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