spicy and hot chilli paneer gravy

spicy chilli paneer gravy recipe with step by step photos – this is a spicy and saucy indo chinese recipe of chilli paneer. this cottage cheese gravy is one of the most sought after indo chinese recipe.

chilli paneer gravy recipe

this spicy and hot chilli paneer gravy is one of my favorite recipes too. i have to admit that i was never a huge fan of paneer. but one paneer dish that i really loved was chilli paneer.

i remember going to any restaurant for dinner and without fail i would order chilli paneer with some naan or tandoori rotis.

here is my version of making this famous indo chinese recipe at home. if you want to make the dry version or semi-dry version then kindly check the following recipes:

i used homemade paneer. you can also use a good quality store brought paneer.

i generally don’t add msg – mono sodium gluatamate or chinese salt to any of the indo chinese recipes i make at home. so the taste will be not restaurant-style or like the chinese food we get at the chinese food stalls in india.

chilli paneer recipe

i usually have chilli paneer with naan or roti. now an indo chinese recipe of spicy chilli paneer gravy with naan or roti is an unusual combo. but let me tell you it is a made for each other combo.

when you dunk the naan in the umami & spicy gravy, take a bit of the green chillies and the soft succulent paneer in the naan and have it. you will know why their combo is awesome.

how to make spicy and hot chilli paneer gravy


1: in a bowl take the cornflour and salt. toss the paneer pieces in this mixture well so that the cornflour coats the paneer cubes well.

paneer pieces for chilli paneer recipe

2: shallow fry or pan fry the paneer cubes. the cornflour coating gives a nice white color to the paneer.

frying paneer for chilli paneer recipe

3: drain on kitchen paper tissues.

fried paneer for chilli paneer recipe

4: heat sesame oil and stir fry the spring onions till transparent.

fry onions for chilli paneer gravy recipe

5: add the chopped ginger, garlic. stir fry till the raw aroma of these disappears.

add garlic to chilli paneer gravy recipe

6: now add the capsicum and green chillies.

add chilles to chilli paneer curry recipe

7: stir fry these.

making chilli paneer gravy recipe

8: stir fry till the capsicum is almost half cooked and add black pepper & crushed schezwan pepper. if you don’t have schezwan pepper, then just don’t add.

stir to make chilli paneer recipe

9: add veg stock or water along with some fresh or dry celery. i have added dry celery (sun-dried at home)

chilli paneer recipe gravy

10: add soy sauce, salt, sugar and simmer.

soy sauce to make chilli paneer recipe

11:  add corn starch paste to thicken the gravy.

corn paste to make chilli paneer recipe

12: i also felt that i needed to add some red chilli powder as well. so here goes the red chilli powder.

red chilli to make chilli paneer recipe

13: simmer till the corn starch gets cooked and the gravy is thickened. then add vinegar and the fried paneer cubes.

chilli paneer recipe preparation

14: lastly simmer for 1-2 minutes. don’t simmer for long as then the paneer cubes can get hard or chewy.

recipe of chilli paneer gravy

15: serve the spicy hot chilli paneer gravy garnished with scallion greens with schezwan fried rice or corn fried rice or naan. i served with veg fried rice.

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Spicy Chilli Paneer Gravy

4.44 from 16 votes
a spicy and saucy indo chinese recipe of chilli paneer.
chilli paneer gravy recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:1 hr
Course:main course
Cuisine:indo chinese
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for frying the paneer

  • 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder or crushed pepper
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour (corn starch)
  • salt as required
  • oil for frying paneer as required

for gravy (sauce)

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon chopped celery OR 2 teaspoons dry celery - optional
  • 2 schezwan pepper - crushed
  • ¼ cup chopped spring onions (scallions) - reserve some greens for garnishing
  • ½ tablespoon chopped ginger-garlic - half-half of ginger and garlic
  • 4 to 5 green chillies
  • ¼ cup sliced capsicum (bell pepper)
  • ½ teaspoon vinegar
  • ¾ to 1 cup veg stock or water
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder or crushed black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour dissolved in 2 tablespoon water - for the corn flour paste
  • salt - as required
  • ½ teaspoon sugar or add as required


frying paneer

  • mix the paneer with black pepper powder, salt and corn flour.
  • shallow or deep fry till done.
  • don't overfry as the paneer might become hard.
  • since we coat cornflour you won't be seeing the paneer as browned.
  • so don't keep on frying to make it golden brown. the paneer will become hard.

making spicy chilli paneer gravy

  • heat sesame oil. now add the spring onions (scallions) and stir fry till they become transparent.
  • add the ginger-garlic and stir fry till the raw smell disappears.
  • add the capsicum and green chillies and stir fry till the capsicum is half cooked.
  • add black pepper & crushed schezwan pepper. pour the veg stock or water. add celery and stir.
  • add soy sauce, sugar, black pepper, red chilli powder and salt. simmer.
  • add cornflour paste. stir well and let the sauce thicken.
  • add the fried paneer cubes and simmer them in the sauce for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • garnish with spring onion greens and serve the spicy chilli paneer gravy hot with veg fried rice.


  1. to make the gravy or sauce more thick, add some more cornflour paste.
  2. if the gravy has become too thick, then add some veg stock or water to thin it down.

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chilli Paneer Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 791mg34%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 254IU5%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 326mg33%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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86 comments/reviews

  1. Mam am ur one of the old follower ,i jus love ur recepies well explained,helpfull for beiginners ur step by step pics really helps a lot ,hearty thanks have a happy n healthy life, thanks a lot5 stars

  2. hello dassana,
    I have one question, can I use arrowroot powder in place of corn starch or corn flour.
    I want to make this dish on my father’s b’day.
    regards.5 stars

  3. Super recipes all are delicious and very mouthwatering one’s.
    All your recipes are healthy. 😍👌👌👌🙏

  4. Thanks. I made chilly paneer today n added 1 tspn tomato ketchup. it was very tasty n every body liked it. Especially my brother, father and mom really appreciate me.

  5. awesome fantastic dish – made it for my wife this morning and she loved it – thank you so much from Canada 🙂5 stars

  6. Hi Dassana,

    I made chilli paneer to go with fried rice (as mentioned in your site). However, the pungent quotient was a bit high. Next time, shall avoid chilli powder.

    Quick, easy and tasty recipe though 🙂

    Thanks!3 stars

    • thanks sulekha. the heat or pungent quotient is relative to taste. for some people even a bit of chilies or chili powder, becomes too much spicy or hot. this also depends on the kind of chili powder we use. if you use a mild chili powder, then you won’t feel it to be spicy. next time you can add less chilies, both the green chilies and red chili powder, so that is suits you and your family member.