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Potato Paneer Tots

Potato Paneer Tots

Potato Paneer Tots

Potato Paneer Tots are a great blend of potatoes, paneer and jalapeno pepper. They are crunchy outside and soft outside. Great tea time snack. 
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup crumbled paneer
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

For Batter

  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour maida, plain flour
  • 5 tbsp water use as needed

Need oil To Fry


    • Mix flour and water together and make a thin, smooth batter and keep aside.
    • Peel the skin off the potatoes and shred them in a grater or food processor.
    • In a pan boil the water. After it comes to boil put the shredded potatoes in the water and let it boil for two to three minutes until they are just tender. Note: don't over cook the potatoes they will become mushy, should be able to feel the shredded potatoes
    • Once cooked, drain the water and pour some cold water over the potatoes. Gently squeeze the excess water out of the potatoes, again making sure to not make the shredded potatoes mushy.
    • Next mix shredded potatoes, mashed paneer, and jalapeno pepper, and salt together.
    • Divide the potato mixture in about 24 equal parts and form them into bullet shape. Keep aside.
    • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. The frying pan should have at least 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put one small piece of mix in the oil, it should sizzle and come up right away.
    • Dip the potato balls in the batter one at a time and slowly drop into the frying pan. Turn them occasionally. Fry tots until golden-brown all around.
    • Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
    • Serve them hot with your choice of tomato ketchup or coriander (hari) chutney or tamarind (imli) chutney. They also taste great as is.
    Keyword Appetizer, Party Food, Tea Time Snack
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    87 thoughts on “Potato Paneer Tots

    1. hellow Manjula g
      thanks a lot for sharing ur all delicious recipes
      i always try ur recipes.. n my family members enjoy to eat all dishes..????????

    2. Hi aunty….
      i really love your recepies m gonna make these tots fr a lunch party tomorw can j please tell me if i can add sum onions too to the mixture…..will d mixture bcome too watery if i do that……..

    3. I am a Filipina and residing now here in USA, i search some spicy food and i saw your menu in the internet and i did cooking your menu, my husband like it. but our dip is vinegar and minced garlic, so delicious…thanks and God speed!!!

    4. Hello Aunty,

      I just saw the video and really wanted to try this recipe out for an upcoming party. Being that I am an ultra novice cook can you please tell me how I can mash the paneer?

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us! πŸ™‚

    5. when i tried frying them, then the paneer and potato started coming out from inside. It was a flop show:( Please let me know where did i commit mistake

    6. Hi,

      I have made these and they came out really well . Now I want to make it again for a bigger party. Can I freeze them beforehand? If yes, then at what step should I freeze thoese. Also, for reheating do i need to deep fry it again or can use Oven.


    7. I am not Indian and would love to understand the recipes better if I knew the meaning of the Indian words. I needed to google “paneer” along with words in other recipes. Your recipes are fantastic!

      1. hi, in whatever country u staying, if u find some indians around u, then u will definately find and indian grossery store there. in such stores one can get A to Z stuff, but each thing has its particular use. so make sure before u buy……..njoy.

    8. Hi…!!!
      Manjula Aunty I really loved your recipes…
      I am a girl of 13 rs n very fond of indian cooking..
      i recently made many dishes and my family really loved it…
      Can you show any more such easy recipes which i can make own my own….

    9. Hi Manjula

      I couple of days ago I stumbled upon your web site and I really like the effort that you’ve put into it and love the fact that you are sharing the recipes with people like us. πŸ™‚

      I wanted to check with you – if I could make them and freeze these potato paneer tots?

      Thanks πŸ™‚

    10. Hi Manjulaji,
      This recipe seems very interesting. Only question is can I use grated cheese instead of paneer. If yes, please tell me what kind of cheese will taste best. Can I also add some spices like ginger garlic paste and chaat masala. Your reply asap will help as I am planning to make it this weekend. Thanks and keep up the fantastic work.

      1. I don’t believe grated cheese will work as it would melt. Pander is a cheese that adds texture and bulk to this recipe BUT doesn’t melt so I think using grated cheese would not work.

    11. Hello, Manjula! Thank you for this wonderful site! As a classically trained professional chef, I feel I have to apologize for those who feel compelled to ask you for alternative cooking methods. I understand that most of the time we feel the need to want to cook with “healthier” cooking methods, but there are plenty of websites that offer them. It saddens me that people would insult someone who is trying to teach authentic and traditional cookery from their culture by asking them how to “Americanize” their work. I for one am very grateful for what you do and would just like to thank you for showing me how it’s REALLY done.

    12. hi,

      I have tried this recipe, SORRY to say, but nobody like it. Everyone said “there is no test at all” I was so dispointed. I have made paneer @ home. My all efforts had gone………………Then i had to add so many things in that like onion, dhana-jeera powder, etc. I have made outer cover of it (paneer & aloo) & stuff cheese & shallow fry it then it works. πŸ™‚

      Thank You

    13. Hi Manjula,
      I heard about your cooking delicious Indian dishes from my daughter in Canada. I was looking through Potato- paneer tots. Please tell me about flour, at what stage and how it was mixed? Thank you.

        1. while I love Manjula’s cooking, I feel concerned about the large amount of fried dishes. Most are deep fried in oil. I prefer to grill and bake rather than frying. It would be marvelous if she gave us some baked recipes.

          1. Use Coconut oil for all frying. Never ever use vegetable oil. The vegetarians of South India using vegetable oil have serious heart issues. But not people using good coconut oil. Research it. Even Ghee is better than veg oil. I do all my frying in coconut oil. Heart healthy and Delicious!

            1. I have coconut oil and I never think to use it Stewarts says”The vegetarians of South India using vegetable oil have serious heart issues”.. Wow you can’t win even eating all vegetables.

          2. I don’t think converting recipes is always good a baked potato doesn’t taste like a french fry. I have made her other potato recipes aloo with peas and a curried potato There’s lots to choose from that aren’t fried. I am on a diet so I just try ones that aren’t fried

    14. Hello Aunty Ji,

      Your recipes are simply brillaint and simple yet sophisticated.
      Thank you for taking the time to share these with everyone!
      I’m a great fan of your recipes.

      Thank You Once Again!

    15. Hello Aunty,

      Your website is so useful to me. I am worst cook in world. But now I have manage to impress my husband with your recipes and he is very pleased with my cooking now. Thank you so much. You are a super star πŸ™‚

      1. Yes. Keep them in the fridge overnight and just re-heat them in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes until they start to sizzle. Place them in a glass dish or on a cookie sheet. If you heat them in the microwave, they’ll be too soft.

    16. i tried this and it came out really very well… i confess to you i used to hate cooking but you have made me love to cook and i learned how to cook with u.. thank you..
      we love little spicy food so i added 1tspoon chili powder to it… it was good. πŸ™‚
      thank you so much for sharing such a delicious n easy recipe with new comers.. πŸ™‚

    17. I make mine with hash brown and add 1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs and for the batter, i add 1 tsp of cumin seeds and 1/2 tsp of sesme seeds. to make it attractive I add grated carrots. It is very tasty and thank you for sharing your cooking skills with us. jyothi

    18. hello manjula aunty, ur recipes r awesome…i have tried quite a few with great results.i wanted to know, in the paneer potato tots recipe what can i replace the jalapeno peppers with.i live in africa n they r difficult to get.

    19. hello aunty
      i started enjoying cooking after watching you,even my kids love it..they say oh what is aunty going to make today?

      san juan,puerto rico

    20. hi manjula aunty,

      I have tried most of all your receipes..and they all came out very delicious..thanks a lot..i love all your receipes..keep going..

    21. Namaste Manjulaji,

      Thanks lot for your good work; your website with recipes and video is so good!!!

      for the Potato Paneer Tots recipe, is it possible to replace paneer with tofu?



    22. hi Manjula aunty… i tried most of ur recipes..they came out very nice…especially RAGASULLA N NAN KHATAI.. my husband appreciated me alot….:)

      Thank u

    23. Hello Aunty,
      You have a wonderful collection of recipes.
      I have a question regarding this recipe..can this be baked and nt fried?
      I am cutting down on fried stuff.
      Please let me know as soon as you can as I cant wait to try it..


        1. I tried to bake these and it didn’t turn out well at all. I tried again using the potato mixture as a filling for won-ton wrappers that I rolled up like tiny egg rolls. I brushed with olive oil and baked according the direction on the won-ton wrapers. My kids love them. Mini Indian tater tot egg rolls! See what creativity you inspire Aunty!

    24. Hi Manjula Aunty,
      I saw the video and was reminded of my mom. Thanks for the recipe, video and the sweet narrations. I am going to try this recipe today itself.

    25. hello ms.manjula,

      i was just sitting idle at home and wanted to make something yummy with potatoes.so i just searched for the home receipies websites n luckily got this.
      i am going to try this tonight.
      Thanks you for this.

    26. Nasrin, I also live where it’s cold in winter and just last evening I fried pakoras. Even with a window open in the kitchen, the house had the smell of frying for a few hours. It’s very hard to prevent when you can’t have more windows open. Having the exhaust fan by the stove on might help a little.

    27. Dear Ms. Manjula

      I want to thank you sincerely for making such wonderful recipes available to women like me who love to cook delicious and simple indian food.
      You are excellent in your explanation and hats off to you.

      Best Wishes


    28. Hello Manjulaji, This is a very good recipe.
      Please advise if these can be made in advance before a party and maybe baked just before the guests arrive.. Please advise if this trick will work… if it does can i make it a day in advance and freeze them? Please suggest the best way..

    29. namaste manjula aunty, i like this recipe and i also want try right now but i have problem .you know that in Fort Wayne ,Indiana have ice strom .so if i deep fry in house oil smell is everyware in house .because i can deep fry in grage either.so cold out side .so do you have any tip so i can deep fry inside the house and frying smell is not stay in house ?
      reply me soon.
      thank you.

    30. Hi Aunty,

      Like always, you make the best of the best, anuty plz plz my husband kalakand (or qalaqand) sweet very much, can you teach me how to make it, plz anuty


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