Chilli Paneer - Hot and Sour Stir Fried Cottage Cheese

Chilli Paneer
Chilli Paneer. Image © Getty Images
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: Serve 4-6 people

Indian cuisine is full of dishes that are a result of fusion with other cuisines. This delicious dish is an Indian adaptation of a Chinese recipe! Chilli Paneer is really easy to cook so is a great recipe for beginner Indian cooks to try. It makes for a terrific snack - I often add it to the appetizer menu when I am hosting a party and its hot, tangy flavours ensure that everyone loves it! Here's the recipe...

What You'll Need

  • 500 gms paneer/ cottage cheese, cut into 2" cubes
  • 3 tbsps vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil
  • 2 large onions sliced thinly
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic chopped very fine
  • 1 medium bunch spring onion chopped coarsely (approximately 1/4 lb or 125 gms)
  • 3 tbsps tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp green/ red chilli sauce
  • 2 tsps soy sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 large or 2 medium sized green bell peppers/ capsicum pith seeds removed (discard) and cut into 2" square pieces
  • Salt to taste

How to Make It

  • Heat the oil in a wok or deep pan on a medium to high heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic and spring onion (keep a little - 2 tbsps - aside for garnish later). Fry till soft.
  • Add all the sauces, vinegar and the chicken stock cube and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Now add the paneer and green bell peppers. Mix well and check for salt. Season if required. Cook for 1 more minute. This dish should have almost no gravy - just a coating sauce. If it is too dry, add 1/4 cup of water and mix well.
  • Turn off the heat and spoon the Chilli Paneer onto a serving platter.
  • Garnish with some chopped spring onion and serve with toothpicks so everyone can help themselves.