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
For the Marinade:
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp corn flour / corn starch
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- A pinch of salt
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. Its okay to slightly burn a few sides.
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.