Chilli paneer, the Indo-Chinese dish is a fusion of Chinese cooking techniques in Indian way. The paneer coated with flour and spices are deep-fried or baked and then added to stir fried veggies in sauce to obtain a distinctive flavor. Though the chilli paneer originally derived from chilli chicken, it is perfect for all vegetarians and exquisite. Chilli paneer can be served as a starter or as a side dish with fried rice.
- Paneer – 200 grams
- Onion – 1/2 cup
- Coloured capsicum – 1/2 cup
- Green chillis – 4
- Garlic – 2 cloves
- Ginger – 1/2 inch
- Ginger & garlic paste – 1 tsp
- Spring onion
- Corn flour – 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
- All purpose flour – 2 tsp
- Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
- Soy sauce – 2 tbsp
- Green chilli sauce – 1 tbsp
- Tomato ketchup – 1 tbsp
- Sugar – 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
Step 1: In a small bowl, add all-purpose flour, corn flour, ginger & garlic paste, red chilli powder and pepper powder. Mix and add to the paneer cubes. Add salt, oil, water and give a quick stir.
Step 2: Preheat oven to 450°F(230°C), align the paneer cubes in a baking tray and bake for 10 mins or until done, you can also deep fry instead of baking.
Step 3: Heat oil in a pan, add garlic, ginger, green chilli and saute for 30 sec. Add onion, capsicum and saute for a minute. Combine all the sauce, sugar in a small bowl and add to the veggies and saute.
Step 4: Dissolve 1 tbsp cornflour in 3 tbsp of water and add to the mix. Saute until thickens to sauce consistency. Then add the baked paneer and mix well. Garnish with spring onions.
- You can either bake or deep-fry.
- Adding ginger & garlic paste to paneer is optional.
- Dissolve the corn flour in water without any lumps.
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