Paneer 65, Indian Starter


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Paneer 65, Indian Starter

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Paneer 65 is one of the most popular starters in Indian restaurants. It is especially popular in South India, where it is available even in small eateries in remote areas.

This is a peppy snack or starter, with an unmistakeable Oriental influence. Marinated and deep-fried paneer cubes are sautéed with chillies and onions to make this awesome snack.

The crispiness of the paneer, the juicy crunch of the veggies and the rich taste of assorted spices make this a truly appetising treat, ideal to serve as a starter .

Cauliflower can also be cooked similarly, to make another starter called Gobi 65. You can also try other interesting starters like the Ravioli Samosa or Malai Paneer Bell Pepper Balls .

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Paneer 65, Indian Starter recipe - How to make Paneer 65, Indian Starter

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  1. Combine the spring onions, coriander, roughly chopped garlic and roughly chopped green chillies in a mixer and blend till smooth without using water.
  2. Transfer the paste into a deep bowl, add the curds, cornflour, plain flour, rice flour, turmeric powder, ½ tsp of chilli powder, cumin seeds powder, coriander powder, garam masala, tandoori masala, salt and food colour and mix well using a whisk.
  3. Add the paneer cubes and mix gently.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  5. Heat the oil for deep-frying and deep-fry a few marinated paneer pieces on a medium flame. Drain on an absorbent paper. Keep aside.
  6. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the garlic and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  7. Add the slit green chillies, sliced onions and little salt and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the remaining ½ tsp of chilli powder and 1 tbsp of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Add the fried paneer and spring onions, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  10. Serve immediately.

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To make Restaurant-Style Paneer 65 at home

  1. Take spring onion in a small mixer jar. 
  2. Combine the spring onions and coriander in a small mixer jar.
  3. Then add roughly chopped garlic and green chillies in the mixer and blend till smooth without using water. Reduce the amount of garlic and green chillies if you are going to serve this to kids.

Paneer 65 marination and frying

  1. Transfer the paste into a deep bowl.
  2. Add the curds. We are not using thick curd or hung curd because we want the mixture to have a thick batter like consistency.
  3. Add cornflour, plain flour and rice flour. They not only help in binding but also, give a nice texture by not soaking much oil.
  4. Now add turmeric powder. You can skip if you dislike it.
  5. Add chilli powder. Adjust the proportion according to your personal preference.
  6. Add cumin seeds powder. Lightly roast the cumin seeds before grinding it into a powder.
  7. Add coriander powder. This being an Indian starter, we make use of all the regular spices and not any sauces.
  8. Add garam masala. Refer our recipe to make a bottle of fresh garam masala at home.
  9. Add tandoori masala and salt. They provide a hot and spicy flavor.
  10. Add the food colour and mix well using a whisk. We have added the colour to make it look more appetizing however, we do not recommend using any food colour as it does not affect or improve the taste of this dish.
  11. Add the paneer cubes and mix gently. Ensure you do not break them will tossing.
  12. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  13. Heat the oil for deep-frying and deep-fry a few marinated paneer pieces on a medium flame. 
  14. Drain on an absorbent paper. Keep aside.

To make Restaurant-Style Paneer 65

  1. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the garlic and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  2. Add the slit green chillies, sliced onions and little salt and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ½ tsp of chilli powder and 1 tbsp of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the fried paneer and spring onions, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Serve immediately garnished with spring onion greens.
  5. Similarly you can make gobi 65, aloo 65 or mushroom 65.


Nutrient values per serving
Energy428 cal
Protein9.8 g
Carbohydrates13.8 g
Fiber1 g
Fat36.8 g
Cholesterol2.7 mg
Vitamin A620.8 mcg
Vitamin B1-0.5 mg
Vitamin B2-0.5 mg
Vitamin B30 mg
Vitamin C11.9 mg
Folic Acid15.2 mcg
Calcium346.9 mg
Iron0.8 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium5.5 mg
Potassium85 mg
Zinc0.2 mg

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Paneer 65, Indian Starter
5
 on 08 Sep 18 07:15 AM


Easy method of cooking &so beautifully dishes proper colourings of dishes
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Manoj, Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy to know you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
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10 Sep 18 09:15 AM
Paneer 65, Indian Starter
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 on 13 Apr 18 08:37 PM


I m Doing Job training in kerala but the chef is not good... they dont teach me what is the recipe but you teach me thnku soo much
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Tarla Dalal    Hello, Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy to know our recipes help you. Do try creating them and give us your feedback.
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14 Apr 18 02:45 PM
Paneer 65, Indian Starter
5
 on 29 Sep 17 02:30 PM


Its over fried. Paneer to jal gaya.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Samar, The paneer is not over fried.. this is the colour which we had added in the marination.. If you wish you can avoid the food colour..
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29 Sep 17 05:27 PM