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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.

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:

chili paneer dry recipe below:

4.61 from 41 votes
dry chilli paneer recipe | chilli paneer dry recipe
prep time
20 mins
cook time
15 mins
total time
35 mins
 

chilli paneer dry recipe - spicy and tasty indo chinese starter recipe of dry chili paneer.

course: snacks, starters
cuisine: indo chinese
servings: 2 to 3
author: dassana amit
ingredients (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 recipe
preparation for chilli 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.
  2. then peel and finely chop 1 inch ginger and 7 to 9 medium garlic cloves.

  3. diagonally chop 3 to 4 green chilies. quarter 1 small to medium onion and remove all the layers. 

  4. 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:
  1. add 2 tbsp corn starch, 1/4 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper powder and salt to the paneer cubes.
  2. gently mix without the breaking the cubes. or else you can shake the bowl and toss the paneer with the dry ingredients.
  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

  5. fry them till golden and crisp. do not fry for a long time as then they harden and become dense.
  6. place the pan fried paneer cubes in a plate. keep aside.
  7. 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. 

  8. we will add this corn starch paste to give a glaze to the sauce.

  9. 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.
  10. with a spoon mix all the three sauces very well.
making chilli paneer dry recipe:
  1. in the same pan, after we finish frying the paneer, add the finely chopped ginger-garlic and green chilies. stir.
  2. then add the onion and capsicum squares. if using celery, you can add 1 tsp chopped celery at this step.
  3. on a medium flame, stir fry till the edges of the onions and capsicum get cooked or become light browned.
  4. add the mixed sauces.
  5. then add little salt and sugar. go easy on the salt as the sauces already have a salt in them. stir very well.
  6. 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.
  7. add the pan fried paneer cubes. stir and mix the paneer cubes with the rest of the sauce.
  8. you can garnish chilli paneer dry with some coriander leaves or chopped celery or spring onion greens before serving. 

  9. serve chili paneer hot. this spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot.


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.

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).

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

4. gently mix without the 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 🙂

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

making chilli paneer dry recipe:

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

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

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

16. add the mixed sauces.

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

17. stir very well.

18. now add the corn starch paste.

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.

20. add the pan fried paneer cubes.

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

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

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.




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  • Lovely recipe...but I see that all of indo Chinese snacks require these sauces. so many sauce bottles we need to buy from market.. like sweet red chilli sauce, red chilli sauce, green chilli sauce, tomato sauce/ketchep, soy sauce..

    can you please tell me if we need to buy all of these sauces to make your recipes coz I see that each recipe requires one or other sauce to make...can we buy just one sweet red chilli sauce instead of one??also which tomato ketchep/sauce you are using?

    • thanks. i only buy green chili sauce, soy sauce and sweet red chili sauce. tomato ketchup i make at home. you don't need to buy all the sauces. the basic one is soy sauce and it is required. for chili sauce and tomato ketchup, you can use red chili paste or green chili paste or tomato paste or puree.

      • Thanks Dassana...have you made green chilli sauce at home?? if so could you please post the recipe. I would rather make It at home than buying...if you can only?

        • welcome deepu. i have not made green chili sauce at home. if i make i will add the recipe. there was a time when i would only get soy sauce where i lived. so for chinese food, i would either add finely chopped green chilies or green chili crushed in a mortar-pestle. in some dishes, i have even added red chili and garlic paste. you just need to soak 1 or 2 red chili in hot water and then grind with a few garlic cloves. hope this helps.

  • Which brand of vineger ur using? N for sehzwan sauce can I use naturally fermented kikkoman soya sauce?

  • I eat this dish very often when I go to the hotel with my friends. Actually I like paneer and capsicum both so this dish gives a very natural flavor of capsicum as well as paneer.

  • Very easy and yummy recipe as I also love Paneer a lot.
    One query is there. Do I have to use all the sauce as I use only soy sauce and tomato sauce in regular basis. Which is available at my home all the time.
    So, I want to ask are the two sauce is optional or without these taste will not come out?

    green chili sauce, sweet red chili sauce.

    Thank you

    • taste will differ it you do not add green chili and sweet red chili sauce. alternatively, you can add green chili paste or red chili paste. here again the taste will be different. with soy sauce and tomato sauce, the recipe will be more like paneer manchurian.

  • It's very simple and easy. Can be made easily at home.
    Was looking out for something like this Thanks :)

  • ma'am maine paneer tikka ki receipe try ki thi apki site se padh ke and it was my first time to cook anything but jisne bhi taste kia yehi poocha ki kahan se order kia hain realy it was very delicious.

  • I am really glad to say that its very easy to make paneer chilli from seeing the recipe of yours truly its very easy to make it ,just amazing........

  • Hi!!!

    You are just amazing! I am 19 and I live abroad. My mom lives in India. I am cooking from last two years as she is away. My dad and my bro loves the food. 6 months before, I came to know about this website and trust me it's the BEST. My special dishes were saahi Bhindi, dals, and that jeera rice was just amazing. The way you explain everything, with details, is just remarkable. I am sorry if I am taking too much time but you a really good cook...and yeah keep up the good work...my mom says thank u to u as I have become a good cook...?She says I won't have any problems while cooking at my in-law's house...future?That's what every girl's mother want...thank you very much...gotta try chilli paneer tomorrow...I hope this also comes out well....

    With love
    Anjali

    • thank you very much. its good to know that you are able to prepare great food at home. please convey my regards and thanks to your mom too. what your mom says is true. you won't have any problem while cooking food at your future in-law's house :-) wish you all the best and happy cooking.

  • Tried this recipe...Yummy but one problem...Paneer cubes became hard..can i fry paneer without corn flour...??

    • paneer has got cooked too much and thus become hard. yes you can fry the paneer without corn flour.

  • Hello. I love your recipes. This one was great too. The only thing is that where I live I can't buy green chilli sauce. What can I replace it with or how do I make it on my own?

    • thanks ewelina. you can either use red chili sauce or add some green chili paste. just crush 1 to 2 green chilies in a mortar-pestle and add.

  • Hi
    I tried most of ur recepies..recntly tried paneer chilli ...which was awsm..grt recpies grt job

  • Awesome recipe! My family loved it and thought it to be better than what we get at restaurants ?. I made one small change since I was out of corn flour - I used whole wheat flour instead - and it was perfect ?

    • thank you monisha. wheat flour is a good option. even i have made with wheat flour a couple of times :-)

  • ohhhh gawddd.. seriouslyyy successsfulll recipe and tastey too... <3
    lovedd it
    yuummmmmm :P

  • I am planning to make it for a Chinese dinner over the weekend. Since I won't be able to make it the last minute, is it ok to make it in advance and then heat it in microwave?

    • try making fresh. the sauce will thicken more as it cools down. the paneer cubes also loose their soft texture and become slightly dense.

  • 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.

        • welcome kimia. good to know that you were able to make a properly set paneer. thanks for sharing your experience.

  • 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

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

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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:*

    • thank you much natasha. glad to know. felt good reading your sweet comment. thanks also for your kind wishes. happy cooking.

  • 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 :D

  • love ur all recipes. It always help me to fufill my kids demands. Pls add more baking recipes. Thanks

    • thanks a lot sarika. will add more. you can also check the latest eggless choco lava cake that i have posted. you can see it in the home page.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

    • Welcome Rashmi. Glad to know this. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback on recipes you tried.

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