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Moong Dal Paneer Pakoda

Moong Dal Paneer Pakoda - Lentil Cottage Cheese Fritters

Moong Dal Paneer Pakodas (lentil fritters) are a fun addition to a traditional dish that I have been enjoying since my childhood on Makar Sankranti, the kite festival. Enjoy the crisped-to-perfection fritters with spiced paneer by pairing them with freshly made cilantro-mint and chili-garlic chutneys!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Custom Category Appetizers, Snacks
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 170 kcal
Author Nidhi Bothra





  1. Rinse the dals and soak them for at least 2-3 hours or overnight in water. Then, drain the water, rinse the dals and then finely grind it with very little water.

  2. Wash the grated potato for 2-3 times in cold water to remove excess starch. Squeeze it using your hands or a cheesecloth to remove all the water.

  3. Transfer the potatoes and lentil paste into a mixing bowl. Add in the all the remaining ingredients (including the 2 tsp hot oil) and mix until combined.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix the paneer pieces with chaat masala and red chili powder. Leave it aside for 5-10 minutes.

  5. Now, heat oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Once ready, coat the paneer cubes in the mixture and fry on medium heat for 7-8 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

  6. Serve with mint-cilantro and chili-garlic chutneys. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Moong Dal Paneer Pakoda - Lentil Cottage Cheese Fritters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 384mg11%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Calcium 131mg13%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Vitamin A 1094IU22%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.