Pan Fried Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) Bites

a quick and easy snack, party appetizer using paneer cubes flavored with some spices

Paneer ?

Paneer is a type of fresh cheese which is most common in Indian cuisine. Making paneer at home is very easy. Just two ingredients : milk, acidic agent like lemon juice or vinegar and it is done. Basically when the acidic agent added to the milk, the acidic factor helps to curdle the milk and the result is milk solids and the liquid whey. The milk solids are strained though a muslin cloth and then pressed by placing under a heavy object to set well. After that paneer is ready to cut into any size of choice like cubes, fingers etc.  

    What can be prepared using Paneer ?

    Paneer or cottage cheese can be used to make a number of dishes. One can use paneer after setting or even before setting. After setting the paneer can be cut into cubes, finger shapes etc and then used to make Paneer makhani, paneer Dopyaza, Paneer Pulao, sahi paneer and many more. And before setting, the paneer is in scrambled form and can be used to make paneer kheer, paneer paratha, paneer bhurji, paneer kofta etc. 

    Some paneer recipes from this blog, do check also :

    Well, today’s post is also a paneer based dish as Pan Fried Paneer Bites. This is a quick snack recipe.

    How to make these Pan fried Paneer bites :

    The paneer here is used in cube forms. Beside that some spice powders like cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder along with kasoori methi are used.  First in a bowl, all the spice powders are mixed with 1 tsp of oil and salt. Then the paneer cubes are added and mixed well till well coated, but gently using hand. After that all the coated paneer cubes are pan fried till light brown in color by flipping all the sides. It’s all done then.  

    Serving suggestion :

    These paneer bites are super easy and quick. Just mix and fry in a pan with little oil. For a quick, instant snack this is great option to make within few times. Also these are perfect to be listed in starter of dinner party or any special celebration. The spiciness one can adjust according to individual choice. Place all the pan fried cubes on a serving platter with some toothpicks and I can assure in no time everything will finish up. These are a wonderful dish for all the paneer lovers. Do make soon !

    The event related to this post :

    Monday is here again and thFoodie Monday Blog Hop team has decided the 246th theme as ‘P for paneer which is suggested by Sujata di this time. She is a wonderful blogger and do check here space to get wide varieties of paneer & chhena based recipes. Currently I am in love with the Hazelnut Chocolate SandeshWell, for the theme she suggested to make any dish using paneer and hence this Pan Fried Paneer Bites is contributed by me for the theme.

    Now let’s go through how to make “Pan Fried Paneer Bites” at home 👇

    Video procedure of this “Pan Fried Paneer Bites” :

    : Recipe Card :

    Pan Fried Paneer Bites

    Pan Fried Paneer Bites

    Author: Sasmita

    Prep time: 10 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M

    a quick and easy snack, party appetizer using paneer cubes flavored with some spices


    • Paneer 250 gm
    • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
    • Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
    • Coriander powder 1 tsp
    • Kasoori methi 1 tsp
    • Cumin powder 1 tsp
    • Salt as needed
    • Oil 2 tsp


    1. Cut the paneer into cube sizes and keep aside.
    2. In a mixing bowl take turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, salt and crushed kasoori methi.
    3. Pour 1 tsp oil and mix everything.
    4. Now add the paneer cubes and gently mix again till each cubes are well coated using a spoon or hand.
    5. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
    6. Add the paneer cubes and fry till light brown in color by flipping all the sides.
    7. Transfer to a serving plate and serve hot !


    Adjust chili powder according to the spiciness desired.

    Paneer Bites, Instant snack, Less oil recipe

    Snack, Party appetizer, Gluten free, Paneer, shallow frying


    Did you make this recipe?

    Tag @firsttimercook on instagram and hashtag it #firsttimercook

    You may also follow me on  FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+Instagram and can subscribe for free to get new recipes directly into your inbox 😊

    PIN for later :

    Quick Instant Paneer snack



    Hey there !

    Myself Sasmita, a techie turns to a food blogger which is reflected in this space.

    Recommended Recipes


    1. Mayuri Patel

      Hubby is not a big fan of paneer but I love it. So, sometimes I make this simple pan fried paneer for myself but I don't add kasuri methi. Next time definitely adding it as it will make it so much more flavorful.

    2. Priya Iyer

      I love the simple marinade you have used for the paneer here. The cubes look perfectly marinated and pan-fried, delicious and inviting!

    3. Swati

      Easy and such a simple snack that can be served even at parties for cocktails.. Wonderful and such a easy recipe.

    4. jayashree

      We love paneer and often make this as evening snack. It looks so inviting and tasty.

    5. Sujata Roy

      Pan fried paneer bites looks super tempting. Loved these cute looking and masala coated paneer pieces. Perfect snack for mid time hunger pangs.

    6. preethi'scuisine

      Delicious and tempting starter . Paneer bites look Super tempting and delectable.

    7. Poonam Bachhav

      I make such simple pan fried paneer for my little one as he likes to take it in his snack box. I loved your photography too Sasmita !

    8. cookwithrenu

      The paneer bites looks super tempting and the fact that it is so so easy to make. Just with a few spices and pan frying you have a wonderful starter. Yummy

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *