Chilli Paneer | Easy Dry Chilli Paneer Recipe

Chilli Paneer | Easy Dry Chilli Paneer Recipe
Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer Recipe is an innovative Indo-Chinese recipe with the traditional paneer is a combination of the best of Indian and Chinese. Chilli Paneer is a simple dish made from paneer (soft cheese), bell peppers, green chilies, and other spices to give it a nice yummy taste.

Ingredients for Chilli Paneer:

  • 2 cups cubed paneer (I used longer slices)
  • 1 bell pepper/capsicum
  • 2 large onions, spring onions
  • 4 green chilies, slit
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste (use freshly ground paste if possible)
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp green chili sauce
  • 1 tsp tomato paste/ketchup
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour + 3tbsp water (make a smooth paste)
  • Salt to taste

Suggested Read: Butter Paneer, Paneer Methi Malai

For the Marinade:

  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp cornflour / corn starch
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • A pinch of salt
  • Water

Suggested Read: Paneer PasandaPalak Paneer 

How to make Chilli Paneer:

  • Make a thick-ish paste with the ingredients for the marinade. Dunk the paneer pieces in and let them soak in the marinade.

  • Add 3-4 tbsp oil in a pan and shallow fry the paneer pieces, turning them over when the cooked sides are brown.

  • Drain and set aside. It’s okay to slightly burn a few sides.

Suggested Read: Paneer Manchurian, Paneer Pakora

  • In the same pan, add chopped onions, green chilies, and capsicum. Cook until the onions turn transparent – 2-3 mins.

  • Next, turn the flame to high and add soya sauce, green chili sauce, ginger garlic paste, sugar, and tomato paste. Stir-fry on high for about 30 seconds until well blended and turn the flame to medium-low.

  • Add the fried paneer cubes and the cornflour-water paste. Taste and adjust salt (since the sauces will have salt). Stir and cook for another 3-4 mins until the sauce comes around and thickens due to the cornflour. You can add diced spring onions at the top.

Suggested Read: Paneer BhurjiPaneer Korma 

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