Chilli Paneer

Today's special is Chilli Paneer - dry version. I love Indo-Chinese cuisine simply because of its sweet-sour-hot and spicy taste. I prefer preparing this dry version over the normal chilli paneer.

The preparation procedure is almost similar to Gobi Manchurian. A great dish with a very minimal effort. With no further stories, here I go...

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Serves: 3-4


Ingredients:


For Frying:

Paneer - 2 cups, 1 inch size cubes
All purpose flour/Maida/Plain flour - 2 tablespoons
Corn flour - 2 tablespoons
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Oil - for shallow frying

For Prepareing Chilli Paneer:

Oil - 3 teaspoons
Green chillies - 2 nos, finely chopped
Onion - 1/4 cup, finely chopped
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 teaspoon
Capsicum - 1 no, cubed, any colour
Tomato sauce/Tomato ketchup - 1-2 tablespoons
Red chilli Sauce - 1 teaspoon (see notes)
Dark soy sauce - 2 teaspoons (see notes)
Salt - to taste
Black pepper powder - to sprinkle
Spring onion - for garnishing


Method:


For Frying:

1) Mix all the ingredients (except paneer and oil) mentioned under the category "For Frying" in a mixing bowl.
2) Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of water and make a thick paste out of the mixture. The paste should be thick and not watery. Taste it and adjust the salt and spice as it suits you.
3) Add paneer and toss it well to allow the paste to be coated well.
 
4) Heat oil in a wide pan. Once it is hot, shallow fry the paneer until its skin turn golden brown. You can also deep fry paneer or bake it in a preheated oven for 200C for 15-20 minutes or until paneer turns golden brown.
 
5) Transfer it to a plate and keep it aside.

For Preparing Chilli Paneer:

1) In the same pan, drain out the leftover oil and add 3 teaspoons of oil. Add green chillies once it is hot.
2) After a minute, add onion and fry it till it turns translucent. If you are using spring onion, add the base part it with the onion and fry it.
3) Add ginger garlic paste. Fry for a minute.
4) Add capsicums and toss it well in high heat for 2-3 minutes. Make sure not to overheat the mixture and prevent it from getting burnt.
5) Capsicum has to be crisp and well cooked. Add soy sauce, tomato sauce and red chilli sauce (if you're using one). Quickly toss these well again. Add salt to this mixture.

6) Add fried paneer to this. Toss again for few minutes until the sauce coats the paneer well.
7) Cook for few minutes and turn the flame off. Sprinkle pepper powder.
 
8) Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve it hot.

Note:
1) I feel if you bake paneer it will made it slightly hard.  Hence I am prefer shallow frying. However it differs based on the brand of paneer bought. I never tried this recipe with home made paneer.
2) The taste of the soy sauce differ from one brand to another brand. So start with a teaspoon and adjust according the quantity as it suits you.
3) Some brands of soy sauce give a salty taste. So add salt accordingly.
4) Once the dish is ready, keep it well covered until you serve. Otherwise, the paneer would become hard.
5) If you are going to add red chilli sauce, you can skip green chilli.

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32 comments:

wow scrumptious dish.. too good clicks.. shallow frying is the best option..

Simply mouthwatering and colorful chili paneer. Wonderfully recipe.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

So tempting chilli paneer,have to try this way of paneer...loved your paneer series !!!

Looks delicious! we love this at home and i love making paneer this way :)

Kaalai le ippidi aasai kammikkereengale...Looks delicious

love it anytime....make it in the similar way except that I use white pepper pwd instead of black..also I dont use ketchup..somehow it gives a little sweet taste ..lovely clicks!!

wow wonderful chilli paneer !! well presented !

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Totally YUMMY..I love it..Delicious.

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

another version of paneer recipe........luvd it

wow great looking chilli paneer.....love the colour

Loved the step by step pics :)

Omg, super irresistible chilly paneer, feel like finishing that whole plate.

OMG that looks fantastic Uma so inviting can I have some?...
Padma
http://plantainleaf.blogspot.com/

That's looking so tempting..lovely presentation..

yummy Uma, my elder sis makes them similar and I know they taste fabulous, i will ask her to prepare again. thanks for sharing

Lovely presentation...simply mouthwatering!

Uma this is one of my favorite appetizer, tempts me to have it right now.

Wow mouthwatering..will surely try this

Mouthwatering chilli paneer....looks colorful and delicious.

excellent put up, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite specialists of this sector do not realize this. You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a great readers’ base already!
love sms

very tempting and yummy chilli paneer, i too have one in drafts, yet to post it :)

Very delicious chilli paneer..yummy!!!

Erivum Puliyum

Delicious luking Chilli Paneer Dear.Awesome

very tempting looking chili paneer...

lovely tutorial. Great pics...bookmarked

Colrful n mouthwateringggg

looks so delecious, i love chinese too & this is my kinda dish..all spicy & yum :)

Aha Oho! Looks fabulous!

About the butter and cinnamon-sugar topping for the cake --- To answer your question, its for the slightly crusty feel. Just shouldn't go overboard, less is more, i think!

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