Chilli Paneer Dry

Chilli Paneer is one of the most sought after Indo- Chinese dishes.

When I go out to eat, the one dish I order all the time is Chilli Paneer. Normally a starter, I am known to order it as one of my main dishes.

Tender Paneer cubes coated in a tangy chilli sauce, this dish is a winner all around. In fact, this is my favourite dish!

You can serve with noodles, fried rice or perhaps chapatis. I personally love to have this dish with soft naan.

Here is my recipe:

Ingredients 

To fry the paneer:

  • 400 grams of Paneer
  • 4 tablespoon of plain flour – maida  
  • 4 tablespoon of corn flour
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder – lal mirch 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • Pinch of tandoori masala (optional)
  • 1/4 tablespoon of salt

For the sauce:

  • Cup of diced peppers
  • 1 big onion (cut into big chunks)
  • 3 green chillis
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoon of garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of red chilli powder – lal mirch 
  • Pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of soya sauce
  • Starch water ( 2 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of corn flour)

 

Method 

Frying the paneer

  1. Mix flour and corn flour in a bowl
  2. Add the red chilli powder, tandoori, sugar and salt
  3. Add the paneer
  4. Add water slowly and mix until paneer pieces are covered thoroughly
  5. Shallow fry or deep fry in a pan until done

Sauce

  1. Add onion and chillis to a pan. Fry until the onions are transparent
  2. Add ginger and garlic paste and fry until the raw smell goes
  3. Now add peppers and fry until cooked. Be careful not to burn the onions
  4. Add ketchup and chilli sauce. Mix.
  5. Add soya sauce and vinegar. Mix.
  6. Now add red chilli powder, salt and pepper
  7. Add starch water
  8. Now add paneer and cook for a few minutes
  9. Chilli Paneer is ready

Tips

  • You can add water if the sauce becomes too thick
  • Add extra cornflour if the sauce is too watery
  • Add sugar if the sauce is too biter
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