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dry chilli paneer recipe - spicy and tasty indo chinese starter recipe of dry chili paneer.
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chilli paneer dry recipe with step by step pics – spicy and tasty indo chinese starter recipe of dry chili paneer.  i have also shared a restaurant style version of chilli paneer.

chilli paneer dry recipe, dry chilli paneer recipe

when we go out to dine in restaurants, along with the usual punjabi food, two indo chinese dishes that make an appearance on the table are veg manchurian and chili paneer. so no prizes for guessing that these are made at home too.

when i make paneer at home, then most of the times (when there is capsicum in the fridge :)) i make this dry chili paneer or chilli paneer gravy version. its best to use fresh paneer to make this dish. you can add less or more sauces (e.g. soy sauce or red chilli sauce) as per your requirement. you can also make the same recipe with tofu.

you can serve these chili paneer dry as starter snack or even roll them in chapatis and make a chili paneer wrap. this spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot. instead of having them with veg fried rice, we have them with chapatis and it tastes yum.

few more tasty dry paneer recipes you can make are:

paneer chili dry recipe

chilli paneer dry recipe

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes
Course:snacks,starters
Cuisine:indo chinese
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
4.86 from 34 votes
dry chilli paneer recipe, chilli paneer dry recipe
dry chilli paneer recipe - spicy and tasty indo chinese starter recipe of dry chili paneer.

INGREDIENTS FOR chilli paneer dry recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for paneer marination

  • 200 to 250 grams paneer (cottage cheese) - cubed
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch (also known as corn flour in india)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (kali mirch powder)
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil or any oil
  • salt as required

other ingredients for chilli paneer dry

  • 1 medium onion, quartered and separated in squares
  • 1 small to medium capsicum, cut in squares (shimla mirch)
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped OR ½ tablespoon finely chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 7 to 9 small to medium garlic cloves, finely chopped OR ½ tablespoon finely chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • 3 to 4 green chilies, sliced vertically (hari mirch)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon green chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet red chili sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper (kali mirch powder)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar or add as required
  • 1 teaspoon chopped celery, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon water added in the leftover corn starch to give glaze
  • salt as required

HOW TO MAKE chilli paneer dry recipe

preparation for chilli paneer dry

  • pat dry 200 to 250 grams paneer first. then slice the paneer in cubes or rectangles. keep aside in a mixing bowl.
  • then peel and finely chop 1 inch ginger and 7 to 9 medium garlic cloves.
  • diagonally chop 3 to 4 green chilies. quarter 1 small to medium onion and remove all the layers. 
  • slice 1 small to medium capsicum in squares. remove its seeds and pith (white part). keep the chopped veggies aside.

marinating and pan frying paneer:

  • add 2 tbsp corn starch, 1/4 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper powder and salt to the paneer cubes.
  • gently mix without the breaking the cubes. or else you can shake the bowl and toss the paneer with the dry ingredients.
  • heat 2 tbsp oil in a non stick pan or a well seasoned pan. when the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan. 
  • when the base is slightly cooked, flip over and fry them. turn the paneer cubes gently and fry so that they are uniformly golden. you can also deep fry the paneer cubes if you want.
  • fry them till golden and crisp. do not fry for a long time as then they harden and become dense.
  • place the pan fried paneer cubes in a plate. keep aside.
  • whilst the paneer cubes are getting fried, in the same bowl, in which we marinated the paneer cubes, there will be some leftover corn starch and spices. add 2 tbsp water to the bowl and mix well. 
  • we will add this corn starch paste to give a glaze to the sauce.
  • in another small bowl, add 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp green chili sauce, 1 tsp sweet red chili sauce, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ¼ tsp black pepper.
  • with a spoon mix all the three sauces very well.

making chilli paneer dry

  • in the same pan, after we finish frying the paneer, add the finely chopped ginger-garlic and green chilies. stir.
  • then add the onion and capsicum squares. if using celery, you can add 1 tsp chopped celery at this step.
  • on a medium flame, stir fry till the edges of the onions and capsicum get cooked or become light browned.
  • add the mixed sauces.
  • then add little salt and sugar. go easy on the salt as the sauces already have a salt in them. stir very well.
  • now add the corn starch paste. stir again very well. do check the taste and add some soy sauce or chili sauces or sugar or salt if required.
  • add the pan fried paneer cubes. stir and mix the paneer cubes with the rest of the sauce.
  • you can garnish chilli paneer dry with some coriander leaves or chopped celery or spring onion greens before serving. 
  • serve chili paneer hot. this spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot.
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how to make chili paneer dry recipe

1. pat dry 200 to 250 grams paneer first. then slice the paneer in cubes or rectangles. keep aside in a mixing bowl. if using frozen paneer, then keep them soaked in hot water for some minutes before slicing.

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

2. peel and finely chop 1 inch ginger and 7 to 9 medium garlic cloves. diagonally chop 3 to 4 green chilies. quarter 1 small to medium onion and remove all the layers. slice 1 small to medium capsicum in squares. remove its seeds and pith (white part). keep the chopped veggies aside. instead of onions you can also use spring onions (scallions).

veggies for chili paneer dry recipe

3. add 2 tbsp corn starch, ¼ tsp red chili powder, ¼ tsp black pepper powder and salt to the paneer cubes.

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

4. gently mix without breaking the cubes. or else you can shake the bowl and toss the paneer with the dry ingredients. if there is some moisture in the paneer, the corn starch will become sticky. but still no issues as the paneer can be still fried 🙂

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

5. heat 2 tbsp oil in a non stick pan or a well seasoned pan. when the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan.

frying paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

6. when the base is slightly cooked, flip over and fry the other side.

frying paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

7. turn them gently and fry so that they are uniformly golden. you can also deep fry the paneer cubes if you want.

when the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan.

8. fry them till golden and crisp. do not over fry as then they harden.

when the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan.

9. place the pan fried paneer cubes in a plate. keep aside.

paneer cubes for paneer chilli recipe

10. whilst the paneer cubes are getting fried, do the following. in the same bowl, in which we marinated the paneer cubes, there will be some leftover corn starch and spices. add 2 tbsp water to the bowl

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

11. mix very well. we will add this corn starch paste to give a glaze to the sauce.

corn starch paste for chilli paneer dry recipe

11. in another small bowl, add 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp green chili sauce, 1 tsp sweet red chili sauce, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ¼ tsp black pepper.

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

12. with a spoon mix all the three sauces very well.

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

making chilli paneer dry

13. in the same pan, after we finish frying the paneer, add the finely chopped ginger-garlic and green chilies. stir.

making chili paneer dry recipe

14. then add the onion and capsicum squares. if using celery, you can add 1 tsp chopped celery at this step.

making chili paneer dry recipe

15. on a medium flame, stir fry till the edges of the onions and capsicum get cooked or become light browned.

making chili paneer dry recipe

16. add the mixed sauces.

making chili paneer dry recipe

17. then add little salt and sugar. go easy on the salt as the sauces already have salt in them.

making chili paneer dry recipe

17. stir very well.

making chili paneer dry recipe

18. now add the corn starch paste.

making chili paneer dry recipe

19. stir again very well. do check the taste and add some soy sauce or chili sauces or red chili powder or sugar or salt if required.

making chili paneer dry recipe

20. add the pan fried paneer cubes.

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

21. stir and mix the paneer cubes with the rest of the sauce so that the sauce coats the paneer cubes evenly.

making chili paneer dry recipe

22. here’s chili paneer dry recipe is done and ready to be served.

making chili paneer dry recipe

23. you can garnish with some coriander leaves or chopped celery or spring onion greens before serving. serve chili paneer dry hot. this spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot.

chilli paneer dry recipe, dry chilli paneer recipe


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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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  1. Hi Dasanna, made this chilly paneer and it turned out to be awesome.I was a silent follower of your’s but this time,could not resist myself from dropping a comment to you. I also tried veg handi, kaju katli,veg makhanwala and all turned superly delicious. Thank you a lot. My best wishes to you. Love you.

  2. Made chilli paneer for the potluck. For 21 members. , doubled the measurements of ingredients and it came out very well. Everyone liked it and got praises!! Credit goes o u recomended ur website. Thanks dassana 🙂

  3. Hey Dassana, I tried your chilli paneer recipe, but i think i added sugar a bit more. Because of which my recipe turned out to be a little sweeter. How can I fix it?

  4. When I want to make a dish the first preference is to follow yours and no doubt it is simple procedure, the dish turns out to be awesome and relishing. Thanks so much.

  5. Dear Dassana,

    Thank you sooooooo much for the awesome recipe.. I made chilli paneer and everybody in my family loved it. Then I become courageous and tried the same recipe to make Chilli Chicken (with a few alterations) and it was a super- duper hit as well!! Keep up the great work 😀

  6. Hello dassana!!
    Tried this recipe today and it’s absolutely delicious; better than any chilli paneer I’ve eaten at any restaurant!
    Have been a big fan of your cooking, your meticulous recipes and the beautiful photographs that accompany the step by step method. Have tried multiple recipes and they’ve always turned out fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing these yummy treats and making them seem so easy that even amateurs like me get inspired.
    You’re a magician with a spatula:)
    Stay blessed and keep cooking:*

    • main flavor comes from the chilli sauce and soy sauce. instead you can use either red chilli paste and skip soy sauce. add some tomato sauce. but add less or else the paneer chilli will become sweet.

  7. Right from my first dish, I’m following your blog and trust me it is so cool. The ouputs of all my cooking experiments were a success. The first thing I ever tried was Aloo paratha, a month back and it turned out to be a super hit. And then I tried Malai Kofta, schezwan frien rice, veg manchurian and finally I tried Chilly paneer yesterday, which was a massive hit in my home. My brother couldn’t stop praising me. Lol! And my Mummy is totally impressed 😉 Thanks to you. And it would be lovely if you upload the recipe for Chilly Garlic potato bites, which I recently had and i loved it a lot. It was a frozen product of McCain and I’m looking forward to cook it all by myself.

    • thanks ramya for your kind words and positive feedback 🙂 we have taken your request for chilly garlic potato bites request on our file, allow us some to post the same. you are welcome.

  8. Thank u soooo much .appki recipes dekhar mai jo chahiye oo bana deti hu or aapne gharwalo ka dil jit leti hu .thank u

  9. Hello,Tried making chilli paneer today..and it came out really well..Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes .. 🙂

  10. Hi mam..in the recipe u have mentioned sweet red chilli sauce ….can we use the normal red chilli sauce ? if not then what can I use instead… as I am not able to get sweet red chilli sauce

  11. Dassana…i am from bangladesh. I have cooked some of your dishes, all of them delicious. The variation in the dishes taste great. Planning to make the paneer recipe also, but I have one query, why does my paneer crumble after i make it?? I followed ur homemade paneer recipe but though it was really good it didn’t set so nicely.

    • thanks kimia for the feedback on the recipes you tried. crumbling happens due to the quality of milk. usually full fat and whole milk gives good results. milk available in tetra packs do not give a good quality of paneer at times. another reason could be that the weight you are using must be too heavy, that is crumbling and smashing the paneer. use a lighter weight, just enough to set the paneer. you can also hang the muslin and keep for couple of hours for the paneer to set.

      • Thank u soo much dassana for ur reply…i really love this about u that u take time to reply to ur readers. I made paneer again ( quite carefully this time)☺ and it was ok…i made paneer tikka got rave reviews…what amazed me was how much my kids loved it..so going to make this dish soon also. Thanks again…a lot.

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