Paneer Lollipop ("Chicken" drumstick)

By DK on May 06, 2010
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
One of the main aims of this blog has always been to make a vegetarian or Vegan version of a non-vegetarian dish possible. Instead of going for the obvious "mock meats" as an substitute, I choose to use more natural and organic substitutes. Nothing against mock meats except that long list of artificial ingredients at the back of those boxes which scares me away! There is enough toxic in the body without even trying - why go and invite more trouble? Then to rectify we pop in more pills which pave way for more side effects. Its an infectious circle which I try hard to stay away from.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Mostly when the food apes the looks and feel of a non vegetarian dish and which uses similar spices might help to fool the taste buds. Of course, there will always be room for complaints, if you really want to :). Anyways, recently when there was a sudden shower among our midst, it was like a sure invitation for frying up something yummy! Well - sounds like a lame excuse but excuse nevertheless :) I was wondering what to make - something new, something special yet something which does not take the whole afternoon in the kitchen for few minutes of enjoying evening time. So, I remembered these drumsticks which I had in mind to be tried for a long time. This recipe is from famous Indian Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. It is a vegetarian version of the famous Chicken Drumstick or Chicken lollipop. The vegetarian version uses Indian cheese "Paneer" and potatoes to substitute the chicken. Like I have mentioned many a times, Paneer matches close to the texture of chicken (at least, that's what my non vegetarian friends tell me! I wouldn't know better) Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe I made v slight modification to the process of the recipe to suit my laziness :) Other than that the recipe remains verbatim. I have given few tips to making the perfect crunchy yet free of all that clingy oil! You don't want a soggy lollipop. Its delicious and great for evening snacks or for entertaining sudden guests. Its sure a hit among kids.

slightly adapted from sanjeev kapoor's recipe

Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 30 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 4 people
Yield: Makes around 12-16 pieces
  • about 2 cups grated Paneer (200gms)
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 green chillies, thinly sliced (or as per taste)
  • 2 large potatoes,chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped v finely
  • 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 13-16 pieces of baby corn (i used the canned variety since I dont get fresh)
  • 2-1/2 tbsp Cornstarch (or you can use cornflour/soyflour etc)
  • about 1/4 cup of all purpose flour (maida)
  • few springs of cilantro/coriander leaves, chopped
Steam the potatoes with the skin. If you desire, you can peel it - I like to retain it for the nutrition value.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Once steamed, mash it well and add it along with the rest of the ingredients except all purpose flour.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
You should get a thick. tight dough. Too tight, it will be crumbly so add few drop of water. Too soft, you wont be able to shape it into drumsticks. Add more paneer or cornstarch. Make small rounds of the dough. make sure its smooth.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Now pierce the dough round with the thicker end of the baby corn.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Slowly using your hands, shape them into drumsticks. Press down the dough over the baby corn so that the edges smoothens out along the edges of the baby corn - like a cone
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Shape them all likewise.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Depending on the amount of dough you use for each drumstick, you will make around 12-16 pieces. Place them in the fridge for some time - like 20 minutes. Though this step is unnecessary, I find that doing it this way before frying not only helps to keep the food intact without disintegrating but also seems to soak up oil less than norm. Remove from the fridge and meanwhile heat some oil for deep frying.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Place the all purpose flour in a plate and dust the lollipop with some flour. Remove excess flour by tapping it gently against your hands.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Now fry the lollipop/drumstick in batches in oil. make sure its evenly browned it all the sides. Too hot a oil will burn the outside faster. Too low, will make it soggy with oil. Med-high should work perfectly.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Drain onto a kitchen/paper towel.
Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
Now serve them hot either with ketchup or with some chilli garlic sauce. You can also use sichuan sauce. Indian Vegetarian Chicken Drumstick (Paneer Lollipop) Recipe
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62 Responses to “Paneer Lollipop (“Chicken” drumstick)”
  1. How creative! I must give this a try. :-D

  2. Hi.Just a quick question – can this be made in advance like say, couple of hours ahead and reheated while serving? Will it get soggy?It would be great if you can let me know By tomorrow morning (US zone) as I am expecting guests tomo night and would love to make this. Thanks in advance

    I havent tried it but I would say prepare the recipe until step 7 in advance. You can fry them before the guests arrive and keep it warm in a preheated/warm oven. –DK

  3. tannu

    I have tried this recipe for a small get together and it came out superb, everyone liked this idea and taste.
    hope will see more such innovative recipe from you
    -Tannu :)

  4. Awesome recipe! A great hit at any dinner party… :)
    Thanks for sharing such valuable post.

  5. Zeen

    Can i use chikn mince in this recipie

  6. I am impressed with the concept of drumstick. I haven’t heard about it or either for Paneer lollipop. I am excited to taste it and cook on my own.

  7. poornima philip

    I was wanting to try something different. This dish seems very attractive and iam sure my husband will love. Thanks. Iam going to try it with a little minced chicked added to it!! :)

  8. Manashi Medhi

    I like the different recipes you presented…this is the first time i visited your website via google search for homemade pav recipe, I myself is a shaukeen for cooking and is very much interested in learning new recipes..i feel red chillie flakes as well as good quantity of chopped garlic in manchurian recipes adds great taste… :)

  9. Suha

    :-D Thank you so much for this recipe. I am planning to make it for a dinner. Can I make it in advance and freeze/ refrigerate it?

    Form the dough into lollipop step 7 and then refrigerate it.I am not sure how long its good kept this way cos I never keep prepped foods for more than a day in the fridge. Hence personally have no idea. –DK

  10. judi

    can these be baked in the oven rather than deep fried? this is the third time I have asked this question – still no answer.

    I am sorry for the delay. Did not see it earlier. I haven’t personally tried baking them hence dunno the exact details it entails, but I am sure you can bake them. I would skip the flour coating in that case. Probably apply some breadcrumb coating or a light coating of oil and bake for probably 15-20 minutes in a 350F oven. You would need to experiment around this to get it right…I will def. post my version when I try baking them next time.–DK

  11. When I saw the picture, I thought it’s chicken. Very innovative recipe.

  12. ohh this is so innovative, i really liked the baby corn infusion in it :) ..lovely!

  13. sanchita

    8-O i thought it was chicken!!!

  14. Leena Naik

    thanks DK i made this lollipops for my catering order .. n it was really very delicious.. i ‘m very thankful to you for sharing such recipes… gt to learn so many things n tricks frm you ,, love you …:-)

  15. Hi DK, Today is the best day ever like the song in Spongebob. I made Paneer Lollipop and it came out very good. I was so scared that the dough will disintegrate after dropping into the oil, it didn’t happen. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe. I owe you a thanks(long due)for one more thing. I came to know from your mysore pak recipe that we can use olive oil for making the same. And I tried and got a nice result , only it is oats mysurpa :-P . Thanks once again for all the nice recipes.

  16. Sarika

    Tried Paneer lollipop recipe this morning… turned out really wow… added green peas from my side to this recipe

  17. nainu

    wow looking yummy and innovatiove thanks

  18. priya

    :lol: he recipe is fantastic made it for a party and was wiped out in seconds

  19. Deepa

    Hi There,You are an awesome cook I have scrolled through lot of receipes of yours and everything is great. This is the best food blog I have been on. Thanks for bringing all the vegetarian goodness to our lives!

  20. judi

    can these be done in the oven rather than fried?

  21. Aditi

    i had them .. they were really nice!!!! will try them makin tomorrow…hope i am successful.

  22. MsLynn

    I like the idea- Mine will have black beans in the mash for protein- A Fried Potato Stick is not exactly the best choice for a meal.

  23. Hi Dk,
    I do remember posting this recipe in How I made this some time last year.Now I am not able to see it..will it get deleted? let me know. cos i have posted other recipes too…

    No its does not get deleted Priya, provided you had either a photo or a feedback or both. If there is neither, then it gets deleted

  24. Judi

    please, please, please – can these be done in the oven?
    Your site is the most fantastic I have come across! Thank you so much!

  25. you could also use carrot sticks or maybe even large green beans.

  26. Pari

    Looks yummy … i am a little no no for fried food can we bake this instead?

  27. excellent recipe… going over your site now. loving it.

  28. :arrow: I’am most definitly gonna do the paneer lollypop,but goin to put pcs of mozzarella so that once you bite into it the cheese oozes out. :lol:
    what a devil………….. :twisted:

  29. Sreelakshmi

    Hi DK,
    Did not see any pics of Paneer Lollypop..Wanted them to get a clear step my step picture of the recipe..

  30. farah mohsin

    what can i take instead of baby corn…i cn’t get baby corn so plz tell me the substitute of baby corn…..bcoz i want to made this

    One of Chef in you facebook page fan suggested using pretzels. Or you can probably try icecream stick?!

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