Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer

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The traditionally non-vegetarian dish viz. Chilli chicken is modified for vegetarians. This melt in the mouth starter flavoured with all the ethnic chinese flavours is an all time favourite that is really easy to prepare. Serve it as a starter or even as accompaniment for your main meal.

Chilli Paneer recipe - How to make Chilli Paneer

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3/4 cup paneer (cottage cheese) , cut into 12 mm. ( 1/2") thick strips
oil for deep-frying

For The Batter
1/4 cup cornflour
1/4 cup plain flour (maida)
1 tsp soy sauce
pinch of baking powder
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
1 tsp grated ginger (adrak)
2 tsp garlic (lehsun) , chopped
2 tsp chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped spring onions
2 to 3 green chillies , cut into 25 mm. (1") pieces
1/4 cup capsicum , sliced
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 3 tablespoons water
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

For The Garnish
1/2 cup spring onion greens , chopped

    Main procedure
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the batter in a bowl and make a smooth batter by adding approximately ¼ cup of water.
  2. Coat the paneer pieces with the batter and deep fry in hot oil over a high flame till the paneer is golden brown.
  3. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Heat the oil and add the ginger, garlic, celery, spring onion whites and green chillies and sauté over a high flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the capsicum and sauté for a few more seconds.
  3. Add the soya sauce, sugar, cornflour paste and salt and allow it to come to a boil.
  4. Toss in the fried paneer and mix well.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with the spring onion greens.
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To coat paneer for chilli paneer

  1. To make chilli paneer, take paneer in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle 3 tbsp of corn flour over it. 
  3. Mix well and keep aside. This step will help paneer lock its moisture and also will help in making paneer crispy on outside after frying. 

To make crispy fried paneer

  1. To make crispy fried paneer for chilli paneer, we will start with making the batter. So take cornflour in a bowl. Cornflour is easily available in market..
  2. Add plain flour. 
  3. Add 1 tsp of soy sauce.
  4. Add red chilli powder. It will help in giving a nice colour to our fried paneer.
  5. Add salt and pepper powder for seasoning. 
  6. Add water.
  7. Mix well using a whisk and make sure the batter is neither to thick nor too runny. 
  8. Once the batter is ready, add the cornflour coated paneer to it. 
  9. Mix well using hands or a spoon. Make sure you do it light handedly and carefully so that the paneer doesnt break.
  10. Next, heat oil in a kadhai and drop the coated paneer into the oil craefully. 
  11. Fry till golden brown. 
  12. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside. Make sure you do not skip this step or your chili paneer will end up being super oily and it will affect to the taste of the dish.

To proceed chilli paneer

  1. To proceed chilli paneer, heat oil in a wok or a kadai. Make sure to keep the flame high through out the cooking as chinese food is always cooked on high flame and it will help in maintaining the texture of the dish. 
  2. Add ginger. 
  3. Add garlic.
  4. Add green chilies. Ginger, garlic and green chilies work as aromates in the recipe and add flavor. 
  5. Saute on high for few seconds.
  6. Add spring onions.
  7. Add onion cubes.
  8. Add capsicum cubes.
  9. Saute everything together for few more seconds.
  10. Add red chili paste. We have prepared red chili paste using kashmiri red chilies.
  11. Add soy sauce. 
  12. Add vinegar.
  13. Add red chili sauce. You can adjust the quantity according to your preference of spice.
  14. Mix well and cook for few seconds. 
  15. Add deep fried paneer.
  16. Mix well and saute on high for few seconds again.
  17. Add cornflour mixture. We have used 2 tsp of cornflour against 5 tsp of water. 
  18. Mix well and cook for few seconds. 
  19. Serve chilli paneer hot and garnish spring onion greens on top.


Chilli Paneer
 on 28 Dec 19 11:19 AM

we at Hing chilli powder and how about
Chilli Paneer
 on 20 Nov 19 07:27 PM

ok so any other option instead of sugar
Tarla Dalal
22 Nov 19 11:24 AM
   Hi, You can use honey..
Chilli Paneer
 on 19 Nov 19 12:06 PM

hi can we use jaggery instead of sugar?
Tarla Dalal
19 Nov 19 12:47 PM
   Hi, We have not tried using the jaggery, you can use a tsp of it and try it. Do give us your feedback.
Chilli Paneer
 on 12 Aug 18 03:05 PM

Hello, I don''t have celery available, what can I use as a substitute?
Tarla Dalal
13 Aug 18 08:42 AM
   Hi Purnima, You can skip adding celery.
Chilli Paneer
 on 04 Jan 18 09:27 PM

Tarla Dalal
24 Jul 18 10:29 AM
   Glad you liked the chilli paneer recipe.
Chilli Paneer
 on 20 Oct 17 03:21 PM

How many grams is 3/4th cup paneer?
Tarla Dalal
23 Oct 17 09:27 AM
   Hi, it is approx 160 gms...
Chilli Paneer
 on 03 Sep 17 11:06 PM

Nice recipe
Chilli Paneer
 on 23 Jul 17 12:35 PM

yummy.......mouthwatering racipe.must try in monsoon season.
Tarla Dalal
24 Jul 17 08:43 AM
   Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them.Happy Cooking !!
Chilli Paneer
 on 08 Jun 17 08:21 PM

Nice recipe n easy to make
Tarla Dalal
09 Jun 17 09:48 AM
   Hi Kamna , we are delighted you loved the Chilli Paneer recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Chilli Paneer
 on 08 Apr 17 08:52 AM

Tarla Dalal
08 Apr 17 05:14 PM
   Thanks for the feedback.
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