Chilli paneer dry is an Indo chinese dish .Paneer chilli dry is a popular veg starter and also ordered as a side dish to have with veg fried rice,hakka noodles etc.It is made with a well balanced combination of fried cottage cheese(paneer),capsicum,onion and sauces.Once tried you will be tempted to try this recipe again and again 🙂 .
Ingredients required : Paneer/Cottage cheese - 200 gms all purpose flour / maida - 1/4th cup corn flour - 1/4th cup salt - as per taste capsicum - 1/2 portion of a medium sized capsicum. onion - 1 finely chopped garlic - 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger - 1 tbsp finely chopped green chilli - 1 tsp soya sauce - 1.5 tbsp vinegar - 1 tbsp chilli sauce - 2 tbsp tomato sauce(optional) - 1 tbsp chopped spring onion greens - 2 to 3 tbsp Oil - for deep frying paneer and for 2 tbsp for shallow frying Method : * Mix maida,corn flour and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. * Add water as required and make a thick batter.Do not make the batter watery. * Now add the paneer cut into an inch long slices or cubes. * Mix it well and give a nice coating of batter to all the paneer slices. * Next deep fry the batter coated paneer slices in oil. * Keep the flame high while deep frying so that paneer doesn't absorb oil. * once the paneer slices have got a crispy outer layer,remove them from oil and transfer them onto a tissue paper. * Next in the oil deep fry onion slices and capsicum slices for about 1 minute. (Please refer the photo below) * Similarly deep fry chopped capsicum for 1 minute.Keep aside the fried onion and capsicum slices. * Next,in a pan heat up 2 tbsp of oil. * Once the oil is heated well,add garlic and ginger. Saute them for a minute. * Next add finely chopped green chilli and fry on high flame for about 30 seconds. * Next add 1.5 tbsps of soya sauce,1 tbsp of vinegar and 2 tbsps of chilli sauce. * If required add a pinch of salt but remember,sauces will also have salt content. * Mix everything together and allow them to blend for 1 minute.Next add fried onion and capsicum slices.Give a good toss. * And now add in the crispy fried paneer cubes and mix well. * Finally add finely chopped spring onion greens.Retain some for garnishing at the end. * Give a good mix and serve.
Step by step photos :
In a mixing bowl take 1/4th cup of all purpose flour and 1/4th cup of corn flour.Also add a pinch of salt. Mix it well.Add required quantity of water to make a thick batter as shown in the photo below.To this thick batter,add the paneer cubes or slices.Cut them either into 1 inch length cubes or rectangular slices.Give a good coating of the batter to paneer slices.Now deep fry the batter coated paneer slices on high flame until they get a crispy outer layer.Keep aside the fried paneer slices.Next,in the same oil fry chopped onion for only 1 minute as shown in the photo.
After onion,fry capsicum slices too.Keep aside the fried onion and capsicum slices.To make chilli paneer,take a nonstick pan and heat up 2 tbsp of oil.To the hot oil add finely chopped garlic and ginger.Saute them .Next add green chillies and fry for about 30 seconds.Next add soya sauce,chilli sauce and vinegar.Mix well and allow them blend together for 30 seconds.Next add fried onion and capsicum and mix well.Now add fried paneer slices.Give a good toss.Now add a tbsp of tomato sauce.However, it is optional.Finally add spring onion greens and toss it again.Our paneer chilli dry is ready to serve 🙂 . Garnish it with some more finely chopped spring onion greens.Happy cooking 🙂