Paneer Cigar Rolls

By DK on Jul 12, 2010
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
This post is long due. I had actually posted this recipe right in my early days of blogging. But it so happened that the enthusiastic me, while trying to migrate to my own domain, managed to delete a bunch of my recipes (59 recipes in fact!!) Among those was this recipe and I would have left it as it is, if not for this gal pal of mine. She has been after me, for AGES, insisting that I post this recipe. Why? There is a sentimental reason and oh well, its a looong story which she might fill you in, if you are interested :) After she blackmailed me (with dire consequences and what not :( !), I decided to post this recipe. And if she was not enough on the plate, my better half took her side too. He teamed up with her insisting that I absolutely had to make it for my best friend. Well truthfully (he will deny it of course), he just wanted to enjoy these goodies and was hoping that all this "for your dear friend" talk will make me fry up them again. Swell - I dunno what else I can do between this friend and husband of mine - so gave in :)
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
The recipe is originally from Indian Chef Tarla Dalal and it will def. make you a lover of these rolls. You can make it as easy or as elaborate as needed. I have tried many variations of this dish and all of have come out tasting like restaurant made snacks. If you are a Paneer lover like us, then this is a must try. It would also make a welcoming change for your kids when they return from school in the evening. I have tried baking them (of course) and though they are good, they don't stand anywhere next to the real thing. But, don't listen to me! - Go ahead and try this using your Oven too. Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe You can serve them with ketchup or any chilli sauce of your choice. Now to the recipe.

recipe adapted from tarla dalal

Basic Information
Prep Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Cook Time: Under 30 min
Serves: 4 people
Yield: About 15-20 rolls depending on the size of your rolls
  • For the wrapper
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (or use wheat flour)
  • 1 tbsp ghee/oil (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • For the Stuffing
  • 1 cup crumbled paneer
  • 1/4 cup approx of v finely chopped red onions
  • 1-2 green chillies, chopped finely (or as per taste)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, finely minced (or as per taste)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, crumbled (or use grated mozzarella)
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1-2 drops of rice vinegar (or use regular - optional)
  • few sprigs of cilantro, chopped
  • salt to taste (little since wrapper also has salt)
Note: Short on time/energy? Use ready made store bought Samosa patties or Wonton Wrappers instead of making your own. They work equally well
Add all the ingredients for the wrapper together in a bowl.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
Add enough water to make it into a pliable dough. Knead well until smooth.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
Meanwhile prepare the filling. On a stove top in 1 tsp oil, add all the ingredients together except the cheese. Saute until soft. You can do a taste test and change the seasoning according to your taste.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
Remove from heat and add fresh mozzarella along with cilantro. I find that adding the fresh ones make this so much more tastier. But regular grated one will work just fine. Toss until well mixed.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
Take the dough (divide into two orĀ  three smaller pieces) and roll it out
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
into a large rectangle.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
Cut them into smaller rectangles. As you can see, I have not been very precise. Trust me, it doesn't really matter. Makes it look rustic and home made ;) But if you have more patient than I am (read it as - "not as lazy as moi") then use your scales and cut out propah rectangles! The thickness should be medium - not too thin nor too thick (too thin will break after u fill it up with stuffing, too thick will not make a crunchy snack, but will be more soft)
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
Take one piece. Add the stuffing in shorter end of the rectangle making sure to leave few inches near the edges.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
Roll it twice, bring the edges of the filling together (this is to prevent the filling from seeping out during frying).
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
and then continue rolling until you reach the end. You can use a beaten egg or water mixed with flour mixture to bind the dough. I applied flour water mixture at the end.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
And continued rolling till it resembled a cigar roll.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
Now fry these up in hot oil.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
until crisp and reddish brown.
Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
Serve hot with ketchup or chilli sauce of your choice. Easy Indian Cheese (Paneer) Snacks - Cigar Rolls Recipe
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53 Responses to “Paneer Cigar Rolls”
  1. Delores

    :?: Is paneer similar to dry cottage cheese curds?

  2. RD

    FYI – This originally is a dish from Turkey called ‘Cigar Borek’.

  3. Schul gurl

    Loved it .. Made it for my home science project … Awesome recipe

  4. MS

    Is there a substitute that can be bought from the store instead of making the wrapper?

  5. chhiti rai

    i lick your recipes because my In terse is cooking. So i read Avery recipes, :)

  6. joan

    tried this recipe it was wonderful…. i love the way uhave illustrated the recipe.

  7. paulami

    It’s really a nice recipe and also easy to made. It is very tasty. Everyone should try this.

  8. Dj

    Hi can I make the rolls and leave them aside and fry them after a couple of hours, or will it get spoilt. I have guests tomorrow and want to try this out. Thanks.

    I think it should be OK in the fridge for few hours –DK

  9. will prepare this for my birthday. :lol:

  10. chocolateluver

    Sorry, didn’t realize you had already answered the baking part. But I was just wondering how long it would take in an oven

  11. Chandni

    Would it be possible to bake these rather than fry them?

  12. Terri

    is there anyway to make these ahead of time? My daughter’s wedding is coming up and we are serving appetizers. Thanks!

  13. pam

    Made this with dal and jeera rice… turned out fantastic and I just used cheese spread… no mozarella…. a dash of oregano and downed it all afterwards with cold chocolate milk shake…. im on a veg diet…. but i guess i wont be losing much with this…. these rolls were just wonderul….

  14. This dish was excellent. I made it yday and it came out wonderfully. I made it exactly the way it was mentioned. Realised tasty dishes are simple to make.

  15. varsha kundnani

    heyyy very nyc n different receipe……….. :)

  16. Aparna

    Can I freeze them for frying later or will they get soggy?
    I have a few filo sheets; was wondering if I can use them instead of rolling out dough- being pretty bad with thickness!

  17. Sherlock

    I made the dough and just filled them with a vegan onion/bell pepper/textured veg protein mixture with Daiya mozzarella cheese. As the author points out…make sure they’re not too thick otherwise, you’ll think they’re done and still be dough-like in the middle. Thanks for the dough recipe. It’s good!

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