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Indian cottage cheese / Paneer shallow fried with ginger-garlic, spices, and curry leaves. This paneer fry is an easy and yummy appetizer for any occasions.

Paneer Masala Fry (Indian Cottage cheese fry)

Spiced cheese cubes! Indian cottage cheese / Paneer shallow fried with ginger-garlic, spices, and curry leaves. This paneer fry is an easy and yummy appetizer to make at home on weekdays, and for parties or any occasions.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Jane Jojo

Ingredients

  • 200 gram paneer (Indian cottage cheese)
  • vegetable oil (Sunflower oil)
  • 2 sprig curry leaves

Marination

  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Cut paneer into small uniform 1" cubes. Marinate with ingredients listed under marination for 15 - 20 minutes.
    Indian cottage cheese / Paneer shallow fried with ginger-garlic, spices, and curry leaves. This paneer fry is an easy and yummy appetizer for any occasions.
  2. Indian cottage cheese / Paneer shallow fried with ginger-garlic, spices, and curry leaves. This paneer fry is an easy and yummy appetizer for any occasions.
  3. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Add marinated paneer in batches. In every batch add curry leaves along with paneer. At medium flame, shallow fry until spices are roasted, and paneer turns the golden color. Continue to cook, turning until all sides of paneer are golden brown. Don't overfry. It would turn hard.
    Indian cottage cheese / Paneer shallow fried with ginger-garlic, spices, and curry leaves. This paneer fry is an easy and yummy appetizer for any occasions.
  4. Serve it hot. Enjoy :)
    Indian cottage cheese / Paneer shallow fried with ginger-garlic, spices, and curry leaves. This paneer fry is an easy and yummy appetizer for any occasions.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure that paneer pieces are cut uniformly.
  • I always start with frying single paneer piece to adjust the salt and then start frying in batches.
  • Make sure paneer pieces are not overcooked. It makes it hard.