Chilli Paneer

Ingredients (Serves 3)

For the batter

  1. Paneer – 350 gm, cubed
  2. Corn flour – 2 tbsp (I used Argo corn starch)
  3. All purpose flour (maida) – 1.5 tbsp
  4. Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  5. Kashmiri chilly powder – 2 tsp
  6. Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Salt – As required
  8. Water – 3 – 4 tbsp or as needed to make a thick batter

For the gravy

  1. Vegetable oil – 1.5 – 2 tbsp
  2. Onion – 1/2 cup, cubed
  3. Ginger – 3/4 tsp, minced
  4. Garlic – 1.5 tsp, minced
  5. Green chilies – 2, diagonally sliced
  6. Green capsicum – 1/2 cup, diced
  7. Dark soy sauce –  2 – 3 tsp
  8. Light soy sauce – 2 tsp
  9. Chili-garlic sauce – 1 tbsp
  10. Tomato ketchup – 2  – 3 tsp
  11. Rice vinegar – 1 – 2 tsp or to taste
  12. Sugar – 2 pinches or to taste
  13. Pepper powder – 1 – 2 pinches
  14. Corn flour – 1.5 tsp mixed in 1/4 cup water, for thickening the gravy ( I used Argo corn starch)
  15. Salt – To taste
  16. Vegetable oil – For deep frying
  17. Spring onion – 1 – 2 tbsp, to garnish

Method

1. Combine the ingredients numbered 2 – 8. Combine paneer cubes with this batter. Set aside for 15 minutes. Deep fry in 2 – 3 batches until golden, takes about 3 minutes, over medium-high heat. Drain on to a paper towel. Keep aside.

2. Heat 1.5 tbsp vegetable oil (you can use the oil that was used for deep-frying the paneer pieces) in a wide pan over medium-high heat. Add ginger, garlic, green chilies and cook for 30 seconds (do not brown). Add in the onion cubes, capsicum and stir until transparent, about 2 – 3 minutes. Add the sauces –  7 – 13. Mix well.

3. Add corn flour in water little by little, stirring continuously, till the sauce thickens. Taste-check for salt. Add fried paneer. Toss well. Garnish with spring onion. Switch off. Serve hot with fried rice, chapathi or noodles.

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Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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