What is Chili Paneer?
Chilli Paneer is one of the most favourite dishes of all time among every age group. Chilli Paneer is always at the top position in the list of the most ordered dishes in restaurants. Chilli paneer is also favourite among newbie cooks because the Chilli Paneer recipe is very easy and doesn’t require many ingredients. Chilli paneer is on the priority list not only because of its taste but also because it is a dish with high nutritional value as paneer is a rich source of protein. Here are some chilli paneer recipes for you to enjoy.
Different Paneer Dishes
Paneer dishes have different variations like Paneer Masala
, Shahi Paneer
, Paneer Korma
, Mattar Paneer
, Tava paneer, paneer butter masala, Kadai Paneer
, the list is endless and sure to leave everyone drooling. Chilli paneer recipe come in many variations with some differences in texture and taste. Let us have a look at the ingredients required to make chilli paneer.
Paneer/Tofu/Cottage cheese(Please remember that paneer is unsalted whileCottage Cheese
is salted and is more creamy, so add salt in your paneer chilli recipe accordingly).
Green chilli sauce
Maida/All purpose flour
Seedless dry red chillies
Method of Preparation for Paneer Chilly Dry
Chili paneer recipe can be made in different ways though the differences are minor. In some chili paneer recipes, schezwan sauce is used; in some chilli paneer ki recipe, ketchup and red chilli sauce are used, while in some paneer chili recipe, instead of sugar, sweet and sour sauce with green chilli sauce is used.
Now let us have a look at the paneer chilli dry recipe
To make a paneer chilli dry recipe, we need the exact above-mentioned ingredients.
Method of cooking paneer chilly/Chilli paneer banane ki vidhi:
Take some maida/all-purpose flour in a bowl. Add some corn starch to it. Add a pinch of salt and then add water to make it into a nice flowing batter. Make sure that the batter has a flowing consistency and is not either very thin or very thick.
Cut paneer into cubes and toss it in some corn starch, just enough to give it a coating. This will make sure that the paneer is crispy.
Now pour the maida batter on the coated paneer. Take some oil in a pan and deep fry the paneer in oil. Don’t stir the paneer initially and when the paneer coated with batter takes a shape, gently stir the paneer. When the paneer becomes golden brown, take it out of the oil and let it cool for some time.
To make paneer chilly gravy, finely chopped spring onions, celery, and dry red chilly. Make sure that the seeds of dry red chilly are removed.
Pour some oil in a pan, add finely chopped ginger, garlic, whole red chilli, celery, onion cut in quarters, capsicum, and stir fry it for a minute or two. Make sure that you don’t overcook the veggies. Now add some soy sauce, just enough to coat the veggies.
Add some green chilli sauce and ketchup(ketchup can be replaced with sweet and sour sauce). Add some water and some corn starch to make it into a slurry. The corn starch helps in thickening the slurry. Add a pinch of sugar and salt to taste.
Add the fried paneer into the slurry, some freshly chopped spring onions, and again cook it for a minute or two. Tasty paneer chilly is ready to be served!
Restaurant-Style Gravy Paneer Chilli Recipe
The ingredients required to make a restaurant-style gravy chilli paneer recipe is as follows:
Paneer/tofu/cottage cheese(cut into cubes)(200 gm)
Capsicum/Bell pepper(1 medium size)
Onions(1 medium size)
Green chillies (6 slits)
Red chilli powder
Corn flour(2 tablespoons)
White pepper powder
Schezwan sauce(3 tablespoons)
Soy sauce(1 teaspoon)
Red chilli sauce(1 tablespoon)
Hot and sweet sauce(optional)
Method of cooking chilli paneer/ Restaurant-style gravy chilli paneer banane ki vidhi:
Take a kadhai and heat the kadhai on high flame. To avoid burning and sticking paneer on the kadai, before the kadhai becomes too hot, add a spoon of oil and rub it with tissue paper to spread oil uniformly on the kadai. Repeat the process once again.
Now add a tablespoon of oil to the hot kadhai. Keep the flame high. Add the paneer cubes, add some red chilli powder, turmeric powder, white pepper powder, some salt, and cook it for two minutes. Toss the paneer cubes and do not stir them, or else there is a chance of the paneer breaking into pieces.
Again add some oil to the kadai, make sure that the flame is kept high. Add some finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chillies, and cook it for a few seconds.
Now add onion shells, some capsicum, and a handful of spring onion whites. Add some salt and cook on high flame for a minute.
Add some schezwan sauce, soy sauce, and red chilli sauce. If you are using homemade red chilli sauce, add some white vinegar to it. Add some hot and sweet sauce(this is optional) and add some white pepper powder and salt.
Add some freshly chopped spring onions and then stir and cook for a few seconds.
Now add water to the mixture(adding hot water is recommended). Take some corn starch, mix it with some water and add it to the gravy. This helps to thicken the gravy. Now the final step is to add the paneer cubes and give it a good stir. Cook the paneer for a minute and the restaurant-style chilli paneer recipe is ready!
Chili paneer recipe is quite easy and can be tried at home by anybody. The best part is that chilli paneer can be cooked with great perfection, and the restaurant-style chilli paneer can be made at home, and when restaurant-style food can be cooked at home, then why to wait. Go cook your favourite chilli paneer at home and enjoy!