Paneer Cigar Rolls | Paneer Snack Recipe | Vegetarian Snacks

The past 5 months have been super exciting for us, yes us ;-) I am referring to all my dear blogger buddies. August month has been super busy with us planning for virtual birthday parties and back to back birthdays but its really fun to plan something special for a dear friend. Today also we are happy to host a virtual birthday party for our dear budding photographer and one amazing cook who rocks this blog world with her enthusiasm and her humble nature, yes I am talking about Preeti Tamil (PT as I call her) she is a great person to be around, fun to talk to and someone I have been waiting to meet in person. PT hope the day comes soon that we meet ;-). PT according to me is a great hard worker, be it blogging, cooking or photography she does everything with much passion and enthusiasm. I have always been stunned by the fact that in a matter of a yr she had posted 600 recipes. Can you believe it??? now isn't that really something? I am so glad to get to know more about her and talk to her.Today for your party I tried one of your recent posts Paneer Cigars, they were so addictive and was a perfect snack for us today. 

Hope your special day is filled with loads of surprises and memories to last you forever. Happy Birthday to you dear Preeti ;-) 


Prep time ~ 45 mins
Cook time ~ 20 mins
Makes ~ 8-9 cigars
Serving Suggestion ~ along with tomato ketch-up


For Paneer filling :

3/4 cup scrambled paneer
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp finely chopped carrot
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1 tsp mustard seeds
2-3 tbsp finely chopped coriander

For Rolls :

1 cup maida (all purpose flour)
salt to taste
water to knead dough

For Maida Paste :

3-4 tbsp maida
enough water to make paste


For Dough
  • Sieve maida and salt. Combine in a mixing bowl. Add water, knead to a smooth dough. Close and keep aside for 30 mins.
  • Combine maida and salt in a bowl. Add water little by little to make a sticky paste. Keep it aside.

For Paneer Filling 
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan or kadai. Tamper mustard seeds. Add chopped onion, ginger and garlic. Saute a while and add copped carrots.
  • Fry for a min. Add scrambled paneer, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Saute a while.
  • Add  garam masala and salt to taste. Cook on low flame till all the moisture is absorbed. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

To Make Paneer Cigar/Mini Rolls 

  • Take the prepared dough and divide into equal shaped balls. Take a ball and dust with little flour. Roll it using rolling pin. Make sure it is not too thin or too thick.
  • Cut the sides and make small rectangles using knife. Take the sheets and keep aside. And use the remaining left over dough to prepare sheets again. I made 8 sheets
  • Take one sheet and place little paneer mixture at one end of sheet, apply maida paste on all corners and start rolling it. On the other end of sheet, seal the end of the sheet. Repeat the same for all the maida sheets. 
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai and deep fry the rolls till it turns golden brown on all the sides. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain the excess oil using tissue paper. 
Paneer Cigars are now ready to be enjoyed serve along with tomato ketch-up!

Cooks Wisdom

- Make sure you do not make the maida dough too sticky else it will result in soggy cigars
- You can add onion seeds to the dough for more flavor
- You can also use grated carrots, potato and cheese for the filling 
- Also for a non veg variation you can use shredded chicken/ kheema


  1. Sis, wat u told about Preeti is 100% correct, who will resist to her gorgeous and very rustic pictures and delicious foods, she makes me crave always and makes hungry always.

    Am sure Preeti will love ur virtual treat, cigars looks fabulous and crispy.

  2. Nice Evening Snack...!!

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  3. Feel like grabbing those delicious bites... lovely way 2 celebrate Preethi's b'day!

  4. Lovely post for Preeti's V-treat ..nice clicks dear

  5. yummy cigar rolls akka and happy birthday preeti sis

  6. Really feel like taking one from the screen...

  7. looks so wonderful....

  8. A lovely snack for the lovely lady.. Love the cigars, been wanting to make them for a while !

  9. Paneer rolls look scrumptious and yummy dear, lovely treat for Preethi...

  10. In my to do list for long time.. Tasty recipe

  11. urs is better than mine da :) neat presentation dear.. and thanks for those beautiful words da :)

  12. very nice presentations and yummy looking cigar rolls :) am sure preeti would have enjoyed it :)

  13. So true da Priya.. PT is a wonderful friend, enthusiastic blogger and I love her photography.. Delicious paneer cigar rolls.. Love the clicks da..

  14. Love these. I add mozzarella cheese to the filling.. yum!

  15. beautiful presentation da...really feeling bad that i could not anything for her till now...hate my headache...lovey words abt preeti, i am her big fan of her dark n rustic pictures, amazed at her way of presentation..hope she loved all ur virtual treats...paneer cigars looks so yummy! this is in my to do list..will try it sometime soon :)

  16. Priya, I too wonder about preeti, with full of enthu and dedicated Preeti, stood top among the crowd with her signature rustic you both!!


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