street style dry chilli paneer

here is a street style dry chilli paneer shared with step by step pics. this is a truly spicy, sour, sweet indo chinese starter recipe of dry chilli paneer.  i have also shared a restaurant-style version of chilli paneer.

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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 the spicy chilli paneer. so no prizes for guessing that these are made at home too.

when i make paneer (indian cottage cheese) at home, then most of the times (when there is capsicum in the fridge :)) i make this street style chilli paneer or this spicy and hot chilli paneer gravy.

it is 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 street style dry chilli paneer as starter snack or even roll them in roti and make a chilli paneer wrap. this incredibly spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot. instead of having them with veg fried rice, we have them with roti or naan and it tastes yum.

some more awesome dry paneer recipes 

paneer chili dry recipe

how to make street style dry chilli paneer

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 chillies. quarter 1 small to medium-sized 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 (corn flour), ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper or black pepper powder and salt as per taste 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 tablespoons toasted sesame oil in a non-stick pan or a well-seasoned pan. when the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan. you can use any other oil instead of sesame oil.

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 overcook 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 (corn flour) and spices. add 2 tablespoons 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 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon green chilli sauce, 1 teaspoon sweet red chilli sauce, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder and ¼ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper or black pepper powder.

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

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

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

13. in the same pan, there will be some oil left after pan frying the paneer cubes. so add the finely chopped ginger-garlic and green chillies. stir.

making chili paneer dry recipe

14. then add the onion and capsicum squares. if using celery, you can add 1 teaspoon 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 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 chilli sauces or red chilli 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 the street style best chilli paneer 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 street style dry chilli paneer hot. this spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot.

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Street Style Dry Chilli Paneer

4.85 from 44 votes
a truly spicy street style dry chilli paneer recipe. best served as a starter dish or a snack.
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Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:35 mins
Course:snacks,starters
Cuisine:indo chinese
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

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 chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper or black pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil or any oil
  • salt as required

other ingredients for dry chilli paneer

  • 1 medium onion - quartered and separated in squares
  • 1 small to medium capsicum - cut in squares (bell pepper)
  • 1 inch ginger - finely chopped OR ½ tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 7 to 9 small to medium garlic cloves, finely chopped OR ½ tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 3 to 4 green chillies, sliced vertically
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon green chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet red chilli sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder or cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper 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

INSTRUCTIONS

preparation

  • 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 chillies. quarter 1 small to medium-sized 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, ¼ tsp red chilli powder, ¼ 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 chilli sauce, 1 tsp sweet red chilli sauce, ¼ tsp red chilli powder and ¼ tsp black pepper.
  • with a spoon mix all the three sauces very well.

making street style dry chilli paneer

  • in the same pan, after we finish frying the paneer, add the finely chopped ginger-garlic and green chillies. 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 chilli sauce 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 street style dry chill paneer with some coriander leaves or chopped celery or spring onion greens before serving. 
  • serve street style dry chilli paneer hot. this spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot.

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Street Style Dry Chilli Paneer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 552mg24%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 246IU5%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 345mg35%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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162 comments/reviews

  1. 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:*

  2. In paneer chilli i don’t want to use soya sauce and red chilli sauce then what can i add for the flavour.

    • 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.

  3. 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.5 stars

    • 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.

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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. ohhhh gawddd.. seriouslyyy successsfulll recipe and tastey too… <3
    lovedd it
    yuummmmmm 😛5 stars

  10. 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 ?5 stars

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

  12. 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?5 stars

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

  14. 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
    Anjali5 stars

    • 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.

  15. 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……..

  16. 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.

  17. It’s very simple and easy. Can be made easily at home.
    Was looking out for something like this Thanks 🙂

  18. Too good… Just turned out like the one we eat at the restaurant… Super like. Rating if 5/5.5 stars