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Paneer Potli - Party Appetizer/ Starter

Paneer Potlis is a deep fried dumpling stuffed with veggies making it a perfect tea time snack or party appetizer
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author sushma iyer


For the Potlis

  • 2 cups Maida/ Plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • water as required

For the Stuffing

  • 1/2 cup crumbled paneer
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup capsicum finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder (or to taste)*
  • 1/2 tsp aamchor powder (dry mango powder)
  • 1 tsp chaat masala (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)


  • In a bowl; combine together maida, salt and oil until mixed. Add water (approx 1 cup) little by little and make a soft pliable dough. Let it rest for 15 mins in an air tight container. Until then prepare your stuffing.
  • In a pan, heat the butter. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Add ginger garlic paste and saute until raw smell goes about 2 mins.
  • Add capsicum. Stir for a minute. Add all your masalas - red chilli powder, aamchor and chaat masala powder. Add salt to taste and saute for 2 mins.
  • Add crumbled paneer and give everything a good mix. Switch off the gas after 2 mins.

To make the Potlis

  • Pinch out a cricket ball size dough, flatten it in between your palms and roll it out. Using a cookie cutter cut out small roundels from the rolled out dough. (Alternatively, you can also pinch lime size dough and roll out).
  • Take a tbsp of stuffing and place it in the centre of the dough
  • Bring the edges together and press in the neck to form a potli shape. (You can give any desired shape to the dough). Refer the pic above.
  • From one of the rolled out dough, cut out thin strips to wrap around the neck of the potlis.
  • Once you have shaped all the dough into potlis. Take one strip and place it around the neck as if you are going to tie a knot. You can use a clove to keep everything in place or else press the knot with the help of your thumb to keep everything in place. Refer the collage.
  • Deep fry the potlis in hot oil in medium flame until golden brown. (Or give it a round shape and using an appe pan just shallow fry it with one drop of oil)


*If not serving for kids use finely chopped green chillies instead of red chilli powder.
To make it vegan just replace paneer with tofu..
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