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Chilli Paneer

Fried paneer sauteed with onions, green chillies, bell peppers, soy sauce and chilli sauce

Indian-Chinese cuisine is loved by children and adults alike. Inspired by the Chinese cooking techniques and sauces, they are adapted into our cuisine by implementing them with Indian ingredients. Chilli paneer is one such Indo-Chinese delicacy that can be served as a starter or can be made into a gravy and served with fried rice.

Today's recipe is a dry version of the chilli paneer, which makes a great appetizer for parties. Deep fried paneer is tossed in a thick sauce made of onions, garlic, green chillies, peppers, soya sauce and chilli sauce. The hot green chillies, pepper powder and red chilli sauce makes this dish really hot and spicy. It tastes best when served piping hot.



Paneer - 200 grams, cut into 1" cubes
Onion - 1 medium, cut into cubes
Capsicum - 1 medium, cut into cubes
Green chillies - 5 to 6, slit
Garlic - 6, chopped
Ginger - 1 inch piece, chopped
Soya sauce - 2 tsp
Red chilli sauce - 2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Vinegar - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Spring onion - 1/4 cup, chopped

To marinate paneer:
All purpose flour / Maida - 2 tbsp
Cornflour - 1 tbsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Oil - to deep fry


1. In a bowl add maida, cornflour, ginger garlic paste, red chilly powder, baking soda, salt and mix well. Add water little by little and make a thick batter.

2. Add the paneer cubes and mix well. Set aside for 5 minutes. Meanwhile heat oil to deep fry the paneer cubes.

3. Once the batter has coated well on the paneer, deep fry the paneer cubes until golden. Drain the excess oil on a tissue paper. Set aside.

4. In a wok or pan heat oil and add garlic, ginger and green chillies. Fry them on high flame for a minute and then add the onions.

5. Fry till the onions turn soft. Then add capsicum and stir on high flame for about 3-4 minutes.

6. Now add salt, soya sauce, red chilli sauce, pepper powder, vinegar and stir for a minute. Add the fried paneer cubes and toss for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with spring onion.


1. Do not overcrowd paneer cubes while deep frying. You can also shallow fry the paneer cubes in a tawa instead of deep frying.

2. Instead of vinegar, you may use lemon juice.

3. Adjust the amount of green chillies according to your spice level.


  1. Wow! Chilli paneer looks so yummy! Tempting clicks, Sona! Wish I had some right now! :D

  2. Looks very yum Sona...loved the first pic

  3. That combo, Indian and Chinese ingredients are so great. I adore the flavors, the soy, vinegar and the rest of the ingredients. Yum to the tempting taste.

  4. Perfectly made... Nice clicks too.

  5. paneer in any form..

  6. Perfect Chilli Paneer.......Like this color.........


  7. love to have it with fried rice..

  8. I love the indo-chinese food!! and paneer chilli ranks high on the list!! thanks for sharing....

  9. so perfectly done dear...looks so umm

  10. Chili paneer !!I just love Indo-Chinese dishes.Don't get them here :(

  11. Perfectly made chilli paneer.. Nice platter..

  12. Give me that plate, a prefect side dish for fried rice.

  13. love this sona! Looks incredible.

  14. Mouthwatering and colorful chilli paneer Sona.. Your pics are temping me to have some right now :-)

  15. VEry very flavourful and delectable chilli paneer dear...

  16. Feel like grabbing dat plate...2 good!!!

  17. Looks soo yummy,I am surely trying this

  18. looks so appetizing, love ur pics!

  19. Lovely pics!!! Chilli paneer looks inviting and mouthwatering.

  20. Lovely clicks. Chilli paneer looks very delicious.


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