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Chilli Paneer

Learn how to make restaurant Style Chilli Paneer at home | Stepwise Chilli Paneer Recipe with garlic, onions and bell peppers in Chinese sauces.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Starters
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Keyword: Dhaba Style Paneer, Paneer Chilli
Servings: 4
Author: Swati

Ingredients

For Paneer Cubes

  • 2 Cups Paneer 300 gms
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch/Cornflour(in India)
  • 2 tbsp Whole Wheat Flour/All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Freshly Ground or Black Powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp Salt as required for paneer pieces

Other

  • 1 Cup Bell Peppers(mixed or as per choice) chopped into cubes: or as required(optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Onion(cubed)
  • 1 tsp Finely Chopped Ginger
  • 6-7 Cloves Garlic(Finely chopped)
  • 2-3 Green Chillies or as required
  • Spring Onion Greens for garnishing
  • 1-2 tbsp Oil for sauting veggies
  • Oil for frying batter coated paneer cubes

Sauce Mix for Chilli Paneer

  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 1-2 tbsp Chilli Sauce/Siracha use as required
  • 1-2 tbsp Cornstarch/Cornflour(in India)
  • 1/4 Cup Water or as required

Instructions

  • In a bowl add and mix all the ingredients under sauce mix section. No need to add salt as sauces already have sauce in it. Mix nicely.
  • Make slurry with another 2 tbsp of cornstarch in 1/4 cup water.
  • Finely chop ginger and garlic, cube onion and bell peppers.
  • Cut Paneer into cubes.
  • In a bowl add flour, 2 tbsp cornstarch, red chilli powder, salt and make thick batter with water. Make sure no lumps are there.
  • Dip paneer cubes in batter, coat nicely. For restaurant style Paneer Chilli, make thick batter. If you like thinly coated paneer cubes make thin batter. For pan frying paneer cubes see below.
  • Heat oil in a pan/kadhai, add paneer pieces and fry it. Fry for 5-6 minutes till the pieces are light brown. Don't fry for long as paneer can get hard and chewy.
  • Take out pieces from the pan and keep aside in a dish/plate.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of oil to a pan, when it is hot enough, add chopped garlic saute for a minute, add green chillies and onions and bell peppers saute for another 2 minutes on high flame. Don't fry for long else onions and bell pepper will lose the crunch.
  • Add sauce mix and then fried paneer cubes. Mix well. Take care not to break paneer pieces.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry that we prepared in beginning and mix nicely so that it coats the paneer pieces evenly.
  • Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Take off the flame and add spring onion greens on it and serve hot!!

Pan Fried Paneer

  • If you want to skip frying of paneer cubes.. then follow this..Take paneer pieces into a bowl and add cornflour to it. Coat the paneer pieces evenly with cornstarch. Leave it for few minutes. Pan fry the cubes in 2-3 tbsp of oil.
  • You can also grill paneer pieces in a pan. For this skip making batter, fry directly in 1-2 tbsp of oil.