chilli paneer

How to make chilli paneer

Chilli paneer recipe serve in a plate chilli paneer dry recipe

Chilli paneer is one of the most popular and sought after dish in India and south east Asia. It is basically a fusion recipe of Indo-Chinese Cuisines.
What is chilli paneer (Paneer chilli)
Chilli Paneer can be define as  crisp fried paneer cubes tossed and stir fried with  different sauces like dark soya sauce, spices and vegetables.
 It is an  Indo-Chinese fusion recipe and served as an appetizer or snacks. This recipe is a restaurant style and you can easily make it at home. 
Chilli paneer goes well with noodles and fried rice. You can make both chilli paneer dry and gravy version with the same ingredients.
If you love chilli paneer recipe then I am sure you would love more Indo Chinese recipes
Chilli paneer recipe can be divided into
  • Chilli paneer dry
  • Chilli paneer gravy
Dry chilli paneer is served as an appetizer or snacks whereas chilli paneer gravy is served as a side dish with fried rice and Noodles.

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.

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 is another version of chilli paneer where schezwan sauce is used to saute and coat  the paneer pieces.
This chilli paneer is my personal favourite. In schezwan chilli paneer, all 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 pieces are in cube shaped not diamond shaped.

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
1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in medium flame and add chopped ginger, garlic and onion and  saute in high flame.
2. Repeat all steps above to make chilli paneer dry recipe till adding all the sauces.
Instead of dark soya sauce, add light soya sauce.
 Add schezwan sauce to the mixture before adding fried paneer cubes .
3. It is good to use chopped onion in schezwan chilli paneer recipe because they both have a great combination and taste more flavourful.
4. When the mixture become dry, switch off the flame and remove the paneer mixture in a plate .
5. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve hot.
Garnished schezwan chilli paneer recipe

How to make Thai Chilli paneer recipe

Thai chilli paneer is now becoming popular and if you visited any Thai restaurant then I am sure you had tasted it once.
Well Thai foods are healthy due to the usage of many healthy herbs in Thai cuisine.  Herbs like fresh basil leaves, Thai ginger and lemon grass are used.
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 sauteeing the paneer in Thai red curry paste.
Make a batter of corn flour with all purpose flour and mix red Thai curry paste, finely chopped Thai ginger, lemon grass and basil leaves and coat and marinate the paneer pieces. Deep fry these paneer pieces.
After sauteeing ginger , garlic, onion and bell peppers, add red Thai curry paste,red  Chilly Paste and little slurry, mix the fried paneer with basil leaves.
Add salt and pepper and tossed everything well and serve Thai paneer Chilli.

Tips to make best chilli paneer recipe like restaurant style.
  •  How to fry the paneer
For chilli paneer recipe we need crisp paneer pieces. You can make a batter of corn flour, all purpose flour and water. Then coat the paneer pieces into the batter and deep fry them
Otherwise dust the paneer pieces with corn flour and deep fry them. Moistures in paneer help to coat them with corn flour and make it crisp while frying. By this method you can avoid to use all purpose flour.
Chilli paneer gravy serving in a bowl
  • To make chilli paneer, slurry plays an important part. Slurry makes the sauces sticky to coat well with paneer pieces.
  • To make the slurry mix 1 teaspoon corn flour with half cup of water and mix with the sauces while cooking.
  • To make chilli paneer gravy, increase the amount of Slurry. Mix 1 teaspoon corn flour with one cup of water.
  • Schezwan sauce can be used to make schezwan chilli paneer. But avoid to use dark soya sauce. Instead use light soya sauce for it.
  • If the gravy become watery then mix more slurry to make it thick.
  • And if become too dry then add more water.
  • 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.

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.

How to make chili paneer gravy

Paneer chilli gravy recipe chilli paneer
Chilli Paneer gravy is a thick glossy gravy  of different sauces where crispy fried paneer cubes are simmered with cubes of bell pepper and onion.
It is generally used as a side dish with vegetable fried rice and noodles. Also goes well with Naan bread, roti and chapati.
If you love chilli paneer gravy then I am sure you will love the  Chilli chicken gravy recipe as well.
All ingredients mentioned above for chilli paneer dry recipe is same as chilli paneer gravy.
1. All above step by step instructions to make chili paneer dry  is same while preparing for Chilli Paneer gravy.
2. You need to make a thick glossy  gravy while preparing the chilli paneer gravy recipe.
3. For that you need to add 1 teaspoon of corn starch in 1 cup of water and make a batter.
4. Before adding paneer in chilli paneer dry recipe, add the corn starch water batter and stir for two minutes.
Adding Corn starch water mixture to Chilli Paneer gravy recipe
5. The mixture slowly start to thick and glossy. Add the fried paneer and check the seasoning.
6. If you want more gravy then increase the corn starch water batter more .
7. Remove the mixture in a bowl and garnish with chopped spring onions and serve .
Chilli Paneer gravy and noodles for Chilli Paneer gravy recipe
Chilli Paneer gravy with noodles

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