Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Chilly Paneer

Last month we had been on a trekking trip in the Uttarakhand state of India. In this state majority of the people living are vegetarians and they largely depend on milk products for their sustainability. I particularly enjoyed the paneer and curd that is served over here. The paneer was so soft and kind of melting in the mouth. We tasted many dishes made of paneer over there. But the taste of this chilly paneer was kind of long lasting. I had decided then and there that I would try this recipe at home.

I made this chilly paneer dry and served it as a starter. H enjoyed it almost like a full meal. I believe this chilly paneer recipe as an Indo-chinese version. We can even roll these chilly paneer in a chapathi and make it into a wrap - should be interesting for kids. But this chilly paneer tastes best when taken hot.


For making crispy paneer
10 pieces paneer/cottage cheese, cubed or home made paneer
1 tsp corn flour
¼ tsp black pepper, crushed
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil, for frying

other ingredients:
1 inch ginger, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 green chilli, slit lengthwise
¼ green capsicum, cubed
½ onion, cubed
1 tsp chilli sauce
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
¾ tsp sugar
salt to taste
2 tsp corn flour
¼ cup water
¼ tsp black pepper, crushed


  • Cut the paneer to cubes.
  • Sprinkle some crushed pepper and salt.
  • Coat the paneer with flour well.
  • Now fry the coated paneer with some oil.
  • Flip over so that it gets nice golden brown on low-medium flame.
  • Drain them on kitchen towel to remove excess oil.
  • To the remaining oil add chopped ginger-garlic, chilli and chopped onions.
  • Saute them on high flame for 40 seconds.
  • Add cubed green capsicum and saute for another minute.
  • Add chilli sauce, tomato sauce and soy sauce.
  • Also add salt and sugar.
  • Now add corn flour paste and give a quick stir.
  • Stir till the corn flour paste turn translucent.
  • Add fried paneer and add crushed black pepper.
  • Mix well such that all paneer pieces are coated with the mixture.

Serve hot!!


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  1. That looks super inviting. I guess home made paneer suits best for the most softest paneer preparation.

  2. Chilly paneer looks so sinful!..and trekking in Uttarakhand sounds fun!..hope you guys enjoyed!

  3. Oh ! I am loving this Chilly Paneer ! I love Chinese and this Chilly Paneer looks mind blowing . Drooling over it !

  4. Droolworthy chilly paneer, i want to finish that plate rite now. Wow you are lucky to have Trekking in Uttarakhand.

  5. Ruchi this is my all time favorite. I can have a whole plateful of it on its own.