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Paneer Cutlet (Paneer Tikki Snack)

By Swasthi on August 7, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Paneer Cutlet also known as Paneer Tikki, are simple quick and delicious vegetarian patties made with paneer, vegetables, spices and herbs. These Paneer Cutlet are a staple in my home and are mostly eaten as an after school snack with Mint Chutney or Coriander Chutney. When the mood kicks in for a Chaat, we also transform these to Tikki Chaat. A lot of times, I make them an extra-large in size so they go into our Burgers as patties. No matter how you serve them, these taste amazing!

Paneer cutlet

These paneer tikki are toddler friendly, if you skip the green chilies and reduce the other spices. Paneer cutlet also go well in the school box for a Mid-morning snack.

I love baking these in the oven or in the air fryer but they can also be pan fried. I have shown both the ways to make them.

What is Paneer Cutlet

Paneer cutlet are Indian pan-fried patties made with paneer as the key ingredient. Various vegetables and bread are used for the binding. The patty dough is spiced with Indian spices like ginger, red chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala.

The dough is shaped to patties and pan-fried, baked or air fried to perfection until crisp.

This is a decade old recipe on the blog, so please bear with the pictures. I always love to go back to my old recipes and update them with the modifications I make for my growing kids. I have updated with some options and substitutes which are tried and tested.

As kids grow up, they begin to enjoy more flavors and textures in their foods. So you can also make these spicier too for older kids or grown-ups.

Note that these paneer cutlet cannot be deep fried as I have not tested, for the simple reason they turn out good and healthy without deep frying. I don’t feel the need to deep fry.

About this Recipe

This recipe uses crumbled Homemade Paneer that’s unset but completely drained. Feel free to replace it with store bought paneer. You actually won’t know the difference. In the pictures below I have used coarsely crushed sweet corn and a lot of times I use mixed vegetables like potatoes, peas & carrots.

Use whatever you have in hand, but note that your paneer cutlets will have the taste of the veggies you use. Avoid using veggies that you don’t like or prefer.

To absorb the excess moisture I have used stale bread but the recipe works very well with bread crumbs, sattu (roasted chana dal flour) or poha powder. I have tested this recipe with all of these.

For more Paneer Recipes, you can check
Paneer cheese toast
Dahi kabab
Paneer 65
Paneer sandwich
Chilli paneer
Paneer pakora

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How to Make Paneer Cutlet (Stepwise photos)


1. To a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients.

  • 1 cup paneer crumbled (Indian Cottage Cheese)
  • ¾ cup boiled mashed vegetables like potato, carrot, peas or crushed boiled sweet corn
  • 2 to 3 green chilies chopped (optional, adjust)
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs or powdered poha (adjust as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin or jeera seeds or ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 medium onion fine chopped optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¾ teaspoon garam masala powder (for toddlers, add a pinch of black pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped
  • ¼ to 1/3 teaspoon salt

I have used boiled sweet corn that I pulsed in the grinder and bread slices.

add ingredients cheese potato to a bowl to make paneer cutlet

2. Mix all the ingredients to form a dough that is fairly moist but not too loose. Taste test and adjust salt, spice etc.

mixing ingredients to make a dough for paneer cutlet

Make Paneer Cutlet

3. Take small portions and make them to patties. To bake place them on a greased foil or butter paper. Preheat the oven to 220 C or 430 F for at least 15 minutes. Then place the tray in the middle rack. Bake them for 10 to 15 minutes and then turn them to the other side. Continue to bake for another 10 to 12 minutes until golden and slightly crisp.

making patties and keep them on a sheet to make paneer tikki

4. To Pan fry them, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. When the pan is really hot, place the tikkis on the pan. Fry them until golden. Be careful while turning them to the other side. Fry them on both the sides until golden.

frying patties on a tawa to make paneer cutlet

5. Brush them with ghee or oil while still hot.

crispy baked patties of paneer cutlet

Serve Paneer Cutlet hot with this Coriander chutney.

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paneer cutlet

Paneer Cutlet (Paneer Tikki Snack)

Paneer cutlet are a delicious pan-fried snack made with paneer, spices & vegetables. These are a great tea time snack. Serve them with Coriander chutney.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cup paneer crumbled (Indian Cottage Cheese)
  • ¾ cup potato boiled or mashed mixed veggies or boiled sweet corn (pulsed coarsely)
  • 2 to 3 green chilies chopped small (adjust to taste)
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs or powdered poha or sattu (adjust as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated or paste
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera, or ½ teaspoon cumin powder)
  • 1 medium onion fine chopped optional
  • teaspoon turmeric or haldi
  • ¾ teaspoon garam masala powder (or a pinch of black pepper for toddlers)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped fine
  • ¼ to ⅓ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)



  • Boil veggies till soft cooked without making mushy. Mash them. If using sweet corn, boil them till al dente. Cool and pulse them in a blender/ grinder.
  • Add them to a mixing bowl. Also add paneer, bread crumbs, salt, cumin, ginger, turmeric, garam masala, coriander leaves and chilies.
  • Mix them well to make a dough. If the mixture is too soft, you can add more bread crumbs.

Make Paneer Cutlet

  • Take portions of this dough to your hand and shape them to patties. The patties should not be too thin or thick.
  • Grease a pan generously with oil and heat it. When the pan is hot enough, place these on the pan & fry until golden. Turn them to the other side, fry them until golden and crisp.

To Bake Paneer Tikki

  • For baking in oven, preheat the oven to 220 C or 430 F for 15 mins. Prepare a baking tray, grease it well.
  • Make small thin patties (appr ¼ inch thickness), and smear little oil or spray oil on them.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 mins, turn them to the other side carefully. Repeat baking paneer cutlet for another 10 to 12 mins.
  • Serve paneer cutlets with Coriander chutney or ketchup. 

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Paneer Cutlet (Paneer Tikki Snack)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 231 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 143mg6%
Potassium 216mg6%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 300mg30%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Tasty and full of nutrients

Hello Swasthi,
Thank you so much for sharing an awesome recipe.
I would like to try this with air fryer. How much time and temp, would you recommend?

5 stars
kabhi dinner par bulao madam

5 stars
I tried this recipe today. Made some tweaks to suit our taste. Turned out awesome!!! My husband and I loved it a lot!
I used tofu n baked it, so super healthy too. I have Never written a review for recipe but had to write for this one. Fast, easy, healthy n super delicious! Thank you!!!

Hi Swasthi,
Could I substitute poha/ bread with anything else as I do not have both of these.

Thank you…

You can also use oat flour/ blended oats. I substitute oats in every recipe that calls for bread crumbs, have yet to be disappointed.

5 stars
I love your recipes, they are easy to understand and always turn out good. Thanks for all the effort that you put.

5 stars
A easy snack, thanks for sharing.

4 stars
Hi Swasthi
We tried yr Paneer cutlets recipe abd it came out superb.The directions were easy to follow. Keep up the good work!

5 stars
Too good recipies
I have ever seen
Great work done

5 stars
Your receipes are very easy n very tasty

Hi Swasthi,

I tried this without using pudina. They tasted good.
They turned out to be very soft. How can I get them as little crunchy? Please let me know.
My kid liked them very much.

Ok I will try with poha next time. Thank you

plzz try this recipe take fully mature but raw mangoes boil them for 10 minutes peel off their skin and heat oil in a pan add red chilli whole 3-4 and then add a little turmeric powder and red chilli powder add the boiled mangoes and stirr for a while then add coriander seeds crushed well and then after cooking on low flame add 100-300 ml of water as required add salt as per taste let it boil and mix it well add garam masala in the end… enjoy the khatti khatti amb ki maani (raw mango curry ) add jaggery if you want to make it sweet a little also

5 stars
Simply amazing. Nice way to make kids eat paneer again

yummy cutlets…….

love cutlets in all form..

nice breakfast after noon….

Very tasty

Paneer kb Dalu MA isme wo to raka reh gya



nice very nice


perfectly browned cutlets, great with after noon tea,yummmm


Baking makes these cutlets more guilt free, paneer in anything is my all time favourite.

5 stars
PANEER has a class of its own! And I don’t think any other recipe can take over.