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A white plate with 4 paneer samosas, and one of the samosas is broken in half to reveal the filling inside. On the left of the plate is a cup of tea. On the top is another paneer samosa, and a small bowl of green chutney, and tamarind chutney.
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How to make Cheese Paneer Samosas | Vegetarian Paneer Samosa

These scrumptious cheese paneer samosas are a delicious treat that can be had at any time of the day. Crispy and crunchy with a paneer and cheese filling inside. My favourite way of having these paneer samosas is with a hot cup of tea and green chutney on the side.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Hi Tea, Iftar, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Pakistani
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Kiran

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small green capsicum / green bell pepper diced
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 green chilies diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 250 grams paneer grated
  • 100 grams cheddar grated
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves / cilantro chopped
  • 40 - 50 samosa patti or spring roll wrappers cut into the required size – see note 1
  • 4 - 5 tablespoons flour or whole wheat flour atta
  • Oil for frying see recipe method for airfryer instructions

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a medium frying or medium sized pot.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute, and then add cumin seeds. Saute the cumin seeds till they splutter and release their aroma.
  • Add diced onions and saute till translucent, followed by the diced capsicum / green bell pepper and green chilies.
  • Add red chili flakes, red chili powder, and ½ teaspoon salt. Saute for about 2 minutes, and then turn off the heat.
  • Place the mixture in a large bowl, and cool.
  • Once the mixture is cooled, add grated paneer / Indian cottage along with the grated cheddar cheese, chopped coriander leaves / cilantro and salt. Mix well.
  • Taste and adjust salt if needed.
  • Mix flour and water in a small bowl to make a thick paste.
  • Fill the samosa patti with the mince mixture (about 1 - 2 teaspoon of the filling), and fold it into a triangular shape using the sticky flour mixture to glue it shut. This quantity of filling will make around 35 – 40 samosas, depending on how big the samosa patti / samosa wrappers are.
  • The samosas can be fried off right away, or frozen to use another day. To fry the samosas, heat oil in a large karahi (or wok) or a shallow frying pan. Add the samosas, and fry on medium heat till the samosas are golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, and serve hot with green chutney.
  • Freezing Instructions: To freeze, place the samosas on a tray making sure they don’t touch each other. Keep the tray in the freezer for about 30 - 45 minutes till the samosas are frozen. Once the samosas are frozen, they can be removed individually and put in a plastic bag. Spray oil on the tray to make sure the samosas don’t stick to the bottom. To fry, just take the frozen samosas out of the freezer and place in medium heat oil. Fry till golden brown. Frozen samosas will take 1 -2 minutes longer to cook compared to fresh samosas.
  • Air frying Instructions: To make the samosas in the airfryer, spray them with oil spray on both sides. Place them in a pre-heated air fryer at 180 C and air fry for 8 – 12 minutes till golden brown. Turn the samosas halfway through, so they are evenly golden brown. Use the same method whether using fresh or frozen samosas; the frozen samosas will just 1 – 2 minutes of additional time.

Notes

  1. The pastry coating for these cheese and paneer samosas is known as samosa patti (with patti meaning wrapper). It is also known as maanda patti, and is a rectangular sheet which can be shaped into a triangle. A flour-based glue is used to seal the edges. It is available in Pakistani grocery stores in the freezer section. The brand that I use in Sydney is known as Shahi. Alternatively, spring roll sheets cut into half or thirds can also be used. If spring roll sheets aren’t available, filo pasty can be substituted instead.
  2. Samosa patti / wrappers can dry out quickly so make sure to cover them with a kitchen towel to keep them soft and pliable.
  3. If making samosas in bulk, use a baking tray and baking paper to stack samosas so that they take up less space. Spray oil on a tray, and start placing the samosas on the tray. Once the first layer is done, cover with a sheet of baking paper and put a 2nd layer on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal
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