Tawa Paneer Chaat – Crisp Snack with Spicy Cottage Cheese Filling

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Chaat, Fast Food, North Indian
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tawa paneer chaat

You might have eaten various forms of this crisp puris on various Chaat stalls on Indian streets like Paani Puri, Dahi Puri, etc. but this is a unique one with a filling of spicy paneer. I have adapted this recipe from my favorite chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s book Tawa Handi. As a small kid I religiously used to watch Khana Khazana on Zee Tv. At that small age I certainly didn’t know ABCD of cooking and hardly understood about the complex recipes but for sure I was (and still  I am) fascinated by the way he use to burst onto the scene with an easy, no-fuss cooking approach. My love for cooking is truly and sincerely inspired by him. This Chaat came out very good and you will relish every bite of it. Enjoy!

Ingredients :-

Cottage cheese (paneer), 1/2 inch cut in cubes
2 cup/500 gm
Crisp puris meant for paani puri
As required
3 tablespoons
Onions, chopped
2 large
Ginger paste
1 teaspoon
Garlic paste
1 teaspoon
Green chillies, seeded and chopped
Tomato Puree
3/4 cup
Pav Bhaji Masala 3-4 tablespoon
To taste
Chaat Masala 1 tablespoon
Fresh Coriander Leaves
3-4 tablespoons

Method :-

  • Heat oil on a tawa (griddle pan), add onions. Saute till brown.
  • Add ginger paste and garlic paste and continue to saute.
  • Add a little water and continue to saute for a minute. Add green chillies and saute for another minute.
  • Add tomato puree, pav bhaji masala, salt and chaat masala and continue to cook on low heat till oil separates from the masala.
  • Add paneer and half of the coriander leaves. Stir gently.
  • Check seasoning and cook on low heat for two minutes. Make small holes in each puri and stuff it with the paneer mixture.
  • Serve immediately  garnished with the remaining coriander leaves (which as you can see I forgot :))

pani puri chaat


  • Stuff the filling inside the puris only when you are ready to eat otherwise puris will become soggy.
  • You can find this puris easily in any Indian/Asian grocery store.
  • Increase/decrease the quantity of chilli as you want.

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