Chilli Paneer

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The traditionally non-vegetarian dish viz. Chilli chicken is modified for vegetarians. This melt in the mouth starter flavoured with all the ethnic chinese flavours is an all time favourite that is really easy to prepare. Serve it as a starter or even as accompaniment for your main meal.

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Chilli Paneer recipe - How to make Chilli Paneer

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3/4 cup paneer (cottage cheese) , cut into 12 mm. ( 1/2") thick strips
oil for deep-frying

For The Batter
1/4 cup cornflour
1/4 cup plain flour (maida)
1 tsp soy sauce
pinch of baking powder
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
1 tsp grated ginger (adrak)
2 tsp garlic (lehsun) , chopped
2 tsp chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped spring onions
2 to 3 green chillies , cut into 25 mm. (1") pieces
1/4 cup capsicum , sliced
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 3 tablespoons water
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

For The Garnish
1/2 cup spring onion greens , chopped
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the batter in a bowl and make a smooth batter by adding approximately ¼ cup of water.
  2. Coat the paneer pieces with the batter and deep fry in hot oil over a high flame till the paneer is golden brown.
  3. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Heat the oil and add the ginger, garlic, celery, spring onion whites and green chillies and sauté over a high flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the capsicum and sauté for a few more seconds.
  3. Add the soya sauce, sugar, cornflour paste and salt and allow it to come to a boil.
  4. Toss in the fried paneer and mix well.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with the spring onion greens.

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Chilli Paneer
 on 17 Jun 16 10:12 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Srimanta. We are delighted you loved the Chilli Paneer recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
18 Jun 16 09:22 AM
Chilli Paneer
 on 24 Apr 16 08:34 PM

Can we use only maida for covering of panner?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Simran, In the batter we have mixed equal propotion of cornflour and maida.. To give a soft and crispy texture.. If only maida added it will become chewy, once added in the gravy.
25 Apr 16 04:43 PM
Chilli Paneer
 on 25 Feb 16 12:22 PM

Really tasty recipe...lykd it alott ??
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Priyanka. We are delighted you loved the Chilli Paneer recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
25 Feb 16 12:25 PM
Chilli Paneer
 on 07 Jan 16 10:50 AM

Chilli Paneer
 on 19 Sep 15 09:27 PM

The best. It turned out so good. I used tofu instead of paneer for more vegan friendly.
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks. Please continue to review recipes which you have made and loved from It will help thousands of food lovers to try the recipe based on your review.
21 Sep 15 05:13 PM
Chilli Paneer
 on 29 Aug 15 11:05 AM

Chilli Paneer
 on 24 Aug 15 08:48 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Thanks. Please continue reviewing Tarla Dalal recipes and letting us know how they worked.
25 Aug 15 11:22 AM
Chilli Paneer
 on 24 Nov 14 08:39 PM

Its an awesome recipe .
Chilli Paneer
 on 26 Oct 13 08:08 PM

I looked for this recipe after enjoying the dish in a restaurant and I think this one is actually better! It was very easy and turned out just as I hoped. It was very tasty accompanied by broccoli and baby corn stir fry and fried rice. As I had some leftover batter, I dipped a few mushrooms in the remainder and added them to the dish; they were tasty too.
Chilli Paneer
 on 30 Dec 12 02:27 PM

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