chilli paneer

How to make chilli paneer

Chilli paneer recipe restaurant style with step by steps and video to make chilli paneer dry recipe and chilli paneer gravy recipe.

Chilli paneer is everyone's favourite and it is for all the foodies and cooking enthusiast.

Chilli paneer recipe serve in a plate chilli paneer dry recipe

It is one of the most popular and sought after dish in India is basically a fusion recipe of desi Chinese.  Paneer chilli is yummy, versatile and extremely easy to make. If you are looking for chilli paneer recipe like restaurant style, you have come to the right place. Here I bring you the step by step guide to make the best chilli paneer recipe at home.

What is chilli paneer (Paneer chilli)

You can simply define it as a crisp fried paneer tossed and stir fried with sauce like dark soya sauce and hot sauce with vegetables and spices.

Bite size paneer cubes are first coated with corn flour and then deep fried till crisp golden. These fried paneer are then tossed with different sauces and seasonings.

In place of corn flour, you can use rice flour to coat them. Maida can also be used instead of corn flour to coat the paneer but it won't makes the paneer very crisp. Chilli paneer can even be made without frying the paneer.

You can make this chili paneer recipe in two ways, chilli paneer dry  and chilli paneer gravy. Sometimes the dry version of it is made as saucy and called as semi dry chilli paneer.

Among them chilli paneer dry is more popular and preferred one and can be made with schezwan sauce as schezwan paneer chilli. Another popular one is Thai chilli paneer which is made by using Thai curry paste, basil leaves and Thai ginger. I am  briefly sharing the Thai chilli paneer recipe also. You can read it from below description.

 Chilli paneer ingredients

Paneer :  Use fresh and soft paneer. Best is to use malai paneer or homemade paneer.

Corn flour : use a good quality of corn flour to coat the paneer.

Sauce : dark soya sauce, red chilly sauce and tomato sauce. Use a good brand.

Onion and capsicum :  cut one onion and capsicum into dice or cube shape. And chopped one onion. You can use red and yello bell peppers to make more colourful and nutritious. It is optional to use.

Herbs : finely chopped ginger and garlic. Slits green chili in length wise to make spicy. A small bunch of fresh spring onion finely chopped.

Spices : white pepper powder, small pinch of sugar ( optional)  and salt as per taste.

Other ingredients :  red chilly paste and cooking oil. You can avoid chilly paste but it can make the chilli paneer more glossy and shiny.

Serving suggestions

Chilli paneer dry and semi dry is generally served as an appetizer or snacks.  Sweet chilly sauce or schezwan sauce is often served with them as a side dish. You can served them as a side dish with noodles and fried rice.

 And chilli paneer gravy is served as a main course / dish with some noodles like hakka noodles, Hong Kong noodles or chilli garlic noodles. It goes well with some fried rice also like vegetable fried rice, chicken fried rice or Singapore fried rice.

Tips to make best chilli paneer

Chilli paneer gravy serving in a bowl

  • Use naturally brewed or organic soya sauce and apple cider vinegar for the recipe.
  • To give it a nice shining colour use red chilly paste in the recipe. Otherwise use red chilli powder.
  • Use finely chopped celery to increase the taste and flavour.
  • Don't fry the paneer for long time otherwise they will become hard.

Steps to make paneer chilli


Cut the paneer into diamond shape pieces around one inch length and half inch in breath . Similarly cut the red, yellow bell peppers and capsicum into diced shaped.
Now take the paneer pieces in a bowl and apply corn flour to cover from all sides. You can increase the amount of corn flour if the paneer pieces are not fully covered.

Paneer pieces dusted with Corn starch for chilli paneer Recipe

Deep fry this paneer pieces in medium heat flame oil till crisp golden and remove them a in a tissue paper to absorb excess oil.

Deep fried paneer for chilli paneer recipe

To make Paneer chilli dry 

Heat half teaspoon oil in a wok or pan and fry chopped garlic and ginger till light brown. Then add chopped onion and saute in high flame till translucent.
Further add the capsicum, red yellow bell peppers, onion cubes and green chili. Saute further one more minute in high flame till they are translucent.

Sauteed onions capsicum red yellow bell peppers in a wok for chilli paneer recipe

Now add few teaspoon  of water and simmer  the vegetables further.
Then add red chilly sauce, red chilly paste, tomato ketchup and dark soya sauce.

Vegetables sauteed with dark soya sauce Chilly sauce tomato ketchup for chilli paneer recipe

Pour corn flour slurry into the wok and mix.
Now add the fried paneer cubes, white pepper powder,sugar and salt. Mix everything very well to coat the sauces with paneer evenly.

Fried paneer, vegetables with sauces for chilli paneer recipe

Check the seasoning and adjust according to your taste. Sprinkle some spring onions and remove in a plate and serve.

Chilli paneer  recipe

To make schezwan paneer chilli 

Schezwan chilli paneer

This chilli paneer is my personal favourite. In schezwan chilli paneer, ingredients mentioned above to make chilli paneer dry can be used except dark soya sauce. Instead of dark soya sauce, light soya sauce is used. Schezwan paneer is light red in colour and paneer are in cube shape not diamond shape.

Cube shaped paneer pieces for schezwan chilli paneer recipe

Additional ingredients
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon schezwan sauce.
  • 1 teaspoon light soya sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli paste.
Schezwan sauce and Red Chilly Paste for schezwan chilli paneer recipe


Repeat all steps above to make chilli paneer dry recipe till adding the sauces.
Instead of dark soya sauce, add light soya sauce and  add schezwan sauce to the mixture before adding fried paneer cubes .

When the mixture become dry, switch off the flame and remove. Sprinkle some chopped spring onions and serve hot.

Garnished schezwan chilli paneer recipe

How to make chili paneer gravy

Paneer chilli gravy recipe chilli paneer

Ingredients mentioned above for chilli paneer dry recipe is same for chilli paneer gravy.


The above steps to make chili paneer dry  is same for Chilli Paneer gravy. All you need to make a little thick glossy gravy. For that you need to add more water and make a slurry by mixing corn flour with a cup of water.

Before adding paneer in chilli paneer dry pour the corn flour slurry into the sauce mixture and simmer for a while till the gravy become thick. 

Adding Corn starch water mixture to Chilli Paneer gravy recipe
The mixture slowly start to thick and glossy. Add the fried paneer and check the seasoning. If you want more gravy then add more water and corn slurry. Remove in a bowl and garnish with chopped spring onions and serve.

Chilli Paneer gravy and noodles for Chilli Paneer gravy recipe

Chilli paneer gravy without fried paneer
Yes you can make chili paneer gravy without frying the paneer. For that take the paneer cubes in a mixing bowl and mix with salt, white pepper powder and chilly powder.
Therefore tossed or saute them in a non stick pan in slow flame till they become crisp. Remove and use in paneer chilli gravy recipe.

If you love chilli paneer gravy then I am sure you will love the  Chilli chicken gravy recipe as well.

How to make Thai Chilli paneer recipe

Thai chilli paneer is now becoming popular and if you visite any Thai restaurant then I am sure you had tasted it.

Well Thai foods are healthy due to the usage of many healthy herbs in their cuisines.  Herbs like fresh basil leaves, Thai ginger and lemon grass are generally used in Thai foods.

For Thai chilli paneer recipe use finely chopped Thai ginger and lemon grass. In place of red Chilly sauce, tomato sauce and dark soya sauce, use Thai red curry paste. Use fresh basil leaves while tossing the paneer.

First make a batter with corn flour, all purpose flour and Thai red curry paste adding very small amount of water.  Add finely chopped Thai ginger, lemon grass and basil leaves and mix well. Make sure the batter is not watery.  Coat the paneer with this batter and deep fry till crisp golden.

 Fry the ginger, garlic, onion and bell peppers in a wok. Pour little water and simmer for a while. Add red Thai curry paste, red  Chilly Paste and little slurry and simmer further till the mixture become thick. Add the fried paneer with some basil leaves and mix everything well. Stir fry them for a minute till the mixture dry and we'll coated with the paneer. Remove and serve.

Chilli paneer recipe

Garnished Chilli paneer serving
These paneer chilli is a crisp fried paneer
tossed with chilly sauce and taste sweet, sour and spicy. You can make dry chilli
paneer, schezwan chilli paneer and chilli
paneer gravy. Served with noodles and
fried rice.
Prep time    cooking time     serving
10 min          10 min                    2
Author :- Mobasir hassan
  • 200 gm Paneer
  • 4 teaspoon corn flour
For the sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark Soya sauce.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tomato ketchup.
  • 1 teaspoon red chilly sauce.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red chilly paste or powder
  • small pinch of sugar ( adjust to taste)
 Other ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic.
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped ginger.
  • 2 teaspoon chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour
  • 1/2 cup cubes of  bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped spring onions
  • 1 small onion cut into cubes  
  • 2 green chili ( cut into lengthwise)
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder
For schezwan chilli  paneer
  • 3 teaspoon schezwan sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light soya sauce
  •  Oil for deep frying and cooking.
   How to make the recipe
  1.  Cut the paneer into diamond shaped around one inch long and half inch breath.
  2. Now dust the paneer with corn flour evenly so that all sides are covered.
  3. Rest them for 5 minutes to absorb the moisture.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai or pan and deep fry the paneer cubes till crisp golden.e
  5. Remove them in a absorbent paper to absorb any excess oil.

How to make chilli paneer

  1.  Making dry chilli paneer, mix 1 tbs corn flour with 1/2 cup of water and keep aside.
  2. Heat one teaspoon oil in a wok or pan and fry the chopped garlic and ginger till light brown.w
  3. Now add the chopped onions and saute till translucent.
  4. Add the bell pepper cubes, onion cubes and slits green chili and saute for 1 - 2 minutes in high the flame.
  5. Stir the red chilly sauce, tomato ketchup  red chilly paste, vinegar, sugar and dark soya sauce.r
  6. Pour the above corn flour and water  mixture into the pan and cook till the  sauce thickens.
  7. Now mix the fried paneer cubes, white pepper powder and salt.
  8. Mix everything very well and check the  seasoning of the sauce. If required add according to your taste.d
  9. Add the chopped green spring onions and remove. Serve the chilli paneer dry hot.
  10. For schezwan chilli paneer :-  use light soya sauce instead of dark soya sauce in step 5 above.
  11. Mix the schezwan sauce after adding fried paneer cubes, white pepper and salt.
  12. Mix everything well and check the seasoning. Add the chopped spring onions and serve.
  13. For chilli paneer gravy  Mix 2 teaspoon corn flour with 1 cup water and make a lump free slurry in a mixing bowl. Increase the amount of dark soya sauce to 2 teaspoon, chilly sauce to 2 teaspoon and little more salt and sugar.
  14. Repeat all above steps of Chilli paneer dry recipe with the ingredients for gravy recipe.
  15. Check the seasoning before removing and serve hot paneer chilli gravy with Hakka noodles and fried rice.
   Video for chilli paneer gravy recipe

                   Nutritional value
               ( Serving size  128.5)
  • Calories : 185
  • Fats : 8 g
  • Protein : 5 g
  • Carbohydrate : 20 g
               Serving tips
  •  Chilli paneer can be served with different types of noodles like Hakka noodle, Singaporean Noodle and with fried rice like vegetable fried rice, Hong Kong fried rice etc.
  • You can take some tandoori butter naan or garlic butter naan with chilli paneer. Even chapati and phulka are good enough with chilli paneer .
  • You can serve sweet chilly sauce and schezwan sauce with chilli paneer.
              RECIPE NOTES
  •  The paneer used to make chilli paneer can be shallow fried, deep fried or grilled. You can choose depending upon your needs.
  • Don't cook the paneer for long time. Always serve it hot either the paneer will become hard and chewy.
  • Try to use organic good quality vinegar like apple cider vinegar.
  • To make chili paneer gravy, increase the amount of Corn starch water mixture in the chilli paneer recipe.
  • While adding more Corn starch water mixture, check the seasoning and adjust the amount of chilly sauce, dark soya sauce and salt and pepper.
  • For healthy option, you can opted for a organic dark soya sauce also.
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