chilli paneer

chilli paneer with step by step photos and video. one of the favorite dishes from indian chinese cuisine is chilli paneer. this paneer chilli recipe gives a truly restaurant style taste and flavor.

chilli paneer, chilli paneer restaurant style

i have already shared two chilli paneer recipes. one is crisp street style dry chilli paneer and other is a quick recipe of homestyle spicy and hot chilli paneer gravy.

in this chilli paneer dish, the fried paneer cubes are coated in a sweet, sour, spicy sauce thereby giving you restaurant-style taste.

you can make the gravy slightly thick or having medium consistency. if serving with rice, then the gravy or sauce can be medium to medium-thin. if serving as starter the sauce can be slightly thick.

you can add the amount of soy sauce, red chilli sauce, green chillies, black pepper, sugar and vinegar as per your requirements or taste buds. instead of paneer, you can also use tofu.

serve chilli paneer with fried rice or schezwan fried rice or burnt garlic fried rice. it also goes well as a side dish with pulao or jeera rice or ghee rice. you can also have it with tandoori roti or naan or roomali roti.

chilli paneer video

how to make chilli paneer

preparing batter

1. in a bowl take 2 tablespoons cornstarch.

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

2. then add 3 tablespoons maida (all purpose flour).

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

3. next add ½ teaspoon ginger paste and ½ teaspoon garlic paste.

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

4. now add ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper powder and ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder. also season with salt as required.

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

5. then add ¼ cup water or add as required.

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

6. with a wired whisk or a spoon mix very well to get a smooth batter without any lumps. the batter is of medium consistency.

preparing restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

7. now add paneer cubes in the batter.

preparing restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

8. with a spoon gently coat the paneer cubes with the batter.

preparing restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

frying paneer

1. heat 3 tablespoons oil in a frying pan. i have pan fried the paneer cubes. you can also deep fry them.

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

2. once one side is done, flip it and fry the other side. flip a couple of times and fry till the paneer cubes are crisp and golden. also do not over do the frying as then the paneer cubes can become hard.

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

3. remove the fried paneer cubes and place them on kitchen paper towels for the extra oil to be absorbed.

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer

1. in the same pan, there will be some oil left. so no need to add any extra oil. add 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger, 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic and 2 to 3 green chillies (slit or sliced).

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

2. stir fry on medium to high flame for some seconds.

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

3. then add ⅓ cup chopped spring onions.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

4. stir fry spring onions for 1 to 2 minutes on medium to high flame.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

5. next add ½ cup sliced capsicum.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

6. stir fry on medium to high flame for 3 to 4 minutes. the capsicum only needs to slightly cooked.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

7. lower the flame and then add ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

8. then add 2 teaspoons soy sauce.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

9. next add 1 teaspoon red chilli sauce.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

10. stir and mix the sauces and red chilli powder with the remaining stir fried ingredients.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

11. add ½ to ⅔ cup water.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

12. mix well.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

13. let the mixture come to a simmer on medium to medium-high flame.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

14. take 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a small bowl.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

15. add 2 to 3 tablespoons water for dissolving corn starch. corn starch is known as corn flour in india.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

16. mix very well to get a smooth paste.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

17. lower the flame and then add this corn starch paste to the gravy.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

18. as soon as you add, mix the paste very well so that no lumps are formed.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

19. add ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar or as required.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

20. season with salt as per taste. do keep a check on salt as soy sauce and red chilli sauce already have salt in them.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

21. mix very well and simmer till the sauce has slightly thickened and the corn starch has cooked. you can check the taste and you should not feel any raw taste coming from the corn starch.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

22. add the fried paneer cubes.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

23. mix paneer cubes very well with the gravy.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

24. switch off the flame and then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or white vinegar. you can skip vinegar if you want.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

25. then add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped spring onions greens. mix very well. check the taste and if you want, you can add more soy sauce, chilli sauce, salt, black pepper or sugar.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

26. serve chilli paneer restaurant style garnished with some spring onions. you can serve it with any indo chinese rice recipe.

chilli paneer also goes well as a side dish with veg pulao or jeera rice. you can also have paneer chilli with plain paratha or pudina paratha or naan or roti.

chilli paneer restaurant style

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Chilli Paneer

4.75 from 32 votes
chilli paneer is one of the popular recipe from the indian chinese cuisine. this chilli paneer gives restaurant style taste and flavor.
chilli paneer, chilli paneer restaurant style
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:indo chinese
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

for batter

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (also known as corn flour in india)
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • salt as required
  • ¼ cup water or add as required

for frying paneer

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 200 to 250 grams paneer - cut in cubes

for chilli paneer gravy or sauce

  • 2 small spring onions OR ⅓ cup chopped spring onions
  • 2 to 3 green chillies - slit or sliced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 small to medium capsicum OR ½ cup sliced green bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar or add as required
  • salt as required
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (also known as corn flour in india)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water for dissolving corn starch
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or white vinegar - OPTIONAL
  • 2 to 3 spring onion greens to be added later

INSTRUCTIONS

making batter

  • in a bowl take 2 tablespoons cornstarch.
  • then add 3 tablespoons maida (all purpose flour).
  • next add 2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, 2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic,  ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper powder and ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder. also season with salt as required.
  • add ¼ cup water or add as required.
  • with a wired whisk or a spoon mix very well to get a smooth batter without any lumps.
  • now add paneer cubes in the batter.
  • with a spoon gently coat the paneer cubes with the batter.

frying paneer

  • heat 3 tablespoons oil in a frying pan. 
  • one side is done, flip it and fry the other side. flip a couple of times and fry till the paneer cubes are crisp and golden. also do not over do the frying as then the paneer cubes can become hard.
  • remove the fried paneer cubes and place them on kitchen paper towels for the extra oil to be absorbed.

making chilli paneer gravy or sauce

  • in the same pan, there will be some oil left. so no need to add any extra oil. add 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger, 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic and 2 to 3 green chillies (slit or sliced).
  • stir fry on medium to high flame for some seconds.
  • then add ⅓ cup chopped spring onions.
  • stir fry spring onions for 1 to 2 minutes on medium to high flame.
  • next add ½ cup sliced capsicum.
  • stir fry on medium to high flame for 3 to 4 minutes. the capsicum only needs to be slightly cooked.
  • lower the flame and then add ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder.
  • then add 2 teaspoons soy sauce and 1 teaspoon red chilli sauce.
  • stir and mix the sauces and red chilli powder with the remaining stir fried ingredients.
  • add ½ to ⅔ cup water. mix well.
  • let the mixture come to a simmer on medium to medium-high flame.
  • meanwhile take 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a small bowl.
  • add 2 to 3 tablespoons water for dissolving corn starch. corn starch is known as corn flour in india.
  • mix very well to get a smooth paste.
  • lower the flame and then add this corn starch paste to the gravy.
  • as soon as you add corn flour paste to the gravy, mix the paste very well so that no lumps are formed.
  • add ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar or as required. 
  • season with salt as per taste. do keep a check on salt as soy sauce and red chilli sauce already have salt in them.
  • mix very well and simmer till the sauce has slightly thickened and the corn starch has cooked. you can check the taste and you should not feel any raw taste coming from the corn starch in the sauce.
  • add the fried paneer cubes.
  • mix paneer cubes very well with the gravy.
  • switch off the flame and then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or white vinegar. you can skip vinegar if you want.
  • then add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped spring onions greens.
  • mix very well. check the taste of gravy and if you want, you can add more soy sauce, chilli sauce, salt, black pepper or sugar.
  • serve restaurant-style chilli paneer garnished with some spring onions.

RECIPE VIDEO

NOTES

  • by adding less or more water, you can change the consistency of the chilli paneer sauce or gravy by making it thin or thick. 
  • add less or more of the spices or sauces as per your taste buds. 

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Chilli Paneer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 1923mg84%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 370IU7%
Vitamin C 26.6mg32%
Calcium 332mg33%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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14 comments/reviews

  1. Hi

    I have tried the recipe but paneer became hard.plz tell the solution fo r that.
    And secondly can we prepare this recipe 3 to 4 hours earlier than serving?

    • if the paneer gets fried for more time, it will become hard. a solution for this is – soak the fried paneer in hot water for 15 minutes. they will get some softness. then add in the gravy. do not cook further after adding in the gravy. yes you can make this chilli paneer recipe 3 to 4 hours before serving.

  2. Hey !!!
    Tried the recipe
    It came out to be very good
    But one question can we add rice flour instead of corn flour?5 stars

  3. This is One of the best Chilli Paneer recipe that I found Online. Spicy and delicious. Glad to have discovered your website. I will be trying more recipes from your website.5 stars

  4. Which brand red chilli sauce do you use? Thanks for posting such great recipes.. you are always my go to!5 stars

  5. This is fantastic. The first into-chinese recipe that I have tried. Btw – I love you website. Sometimes I mix and match recipes and they turn out so well. You always have a reasonable logic behind each step which is great to know while cooking. Thank you for putting in this effort and making this website user friendly. All the recipes are amazingly yummy 🙂5 stars

  6. Hi Amit
    Tried your recipe and the dish came out to be really good. Everyone in my family liked it especially my daughter. Just one small thing that the gravy seemed to be less. Any suggestions for that5 stars