Popcorn Paneer

I’ve always been disappointed by fried cheese dishes; they’re usually rather bland and rely on dipping sauce to make them halfway interesting. But I recently found this awesome recipe for popcorn paneer – and I’m so glad I did! This Indian dish is quite simple to make, and the spices can be found at any Indian grocery. This isn’t a low-calorie snack by any means, but if you’re in a decadent mood, it doesn’t get much better than this.

This is a little different video, in that one of our favorite chefs, Vahchef, uses his voice and a picture of another lovely chef to introduce us to her channel before he shows us how to make this tasty dish. He does have a refreshing sense of humor:)!


1 tbsp bread crumbs
1 tbsp chaat masala
1 cup corn flour
½ tsp cumin powder
½ cup grated cheese (any processed cheese)
1 cup grated paneer (Indian cottage cheese)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
½ tsp marjoram spice
Oil for deep frying (the quantity will depend on size of the pan)
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp parmesan cheese (optional)
½ tsp red chili powder
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp tomato ketchup

Preparation Process

Add the grated cheese, ketchup, cumin powder, chilli powder, salt, grated paneer, 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, and bread crumbs into a large bowl

Knead the ingredients together into a dough, then squeeze out popcorn-size pieces and set aside. (As an alternative, you can also roll the dough into a cylinder and cut into small pieces.)

Stir together the corn flour, all-purpose flour in a bowl, and salt in a large plate, then transfer half of the flour mixture onto a separate plate

Add ¼ cup water in into one of the plates of flour and mix into a smooth paste

Drop the cheese dumplings into the flour batter and coat them completely, then coat them in the dry flour and set aside

Heat the cooking oil in a large pan. Once the oil is hot, fry the coated cheese dumplings on medium heat until they become golden and crisp (usually a little less than 1 minute)

Heat the oil in a large pan. Once hot, fry the coated dumplings on medium heat until they’re slightly golden

In a separate bowl, add the chaat masala, parmesan cheese (optional), marjoram and oregano. Mix them together, sprinkle over the paneer and serve.

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