Paneer Chilli – Hot & Spicy

chilli-paneerChilli Paneer, the simplest paneer recipe that is sure to scintillate your taste buds! If you are looking to experience th spicy kick of Indian food, and the rich texture of Indian cottage cheese, Paneer Chilli is the dish for you. With juicy chunks of paneer fried and sauteed in a hot and spicy soy-based sauce, complete with fresh green chilli, spices, bell peppers and onions, this easy recipe is great as an appetizer, or as a delicious side dish. It doesn’t take more than 10 mins to make, and will surely get you some spicy compliments!

[Recipe & photo courtesy of Bawarchi]

500 gms paneer, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium-sized onion, sliced thin
1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp corn starch mixed with 3 tbsp water
salt, to taste
2 tbsp green onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper (green or yellow), chopped
2 tbsp cooking oil

Fry the paneer pieces till brown on all sides, drain them on a piece of paper, then place them in a bowl of warm water.

In a non-stick pan, heat oil and saute chopped green chillies, ginger and garlic for a few mins. Add chopped onions and bell-peppers and fry till lightly browned. Add paneer pieces, salt, tomato sauce, and soya sauce and cook for 2 more minutes.

Add corn starch mixture and stir till sauce thickens, adding more water if necessary. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes to allow paneer to soak in all the flavors, and garnish with chopped green onions.

Garnishing Tip: To make the spring onion flower, take a 2 inch stalk with a little bit of green and the white bulb; Slit it vertically, making 4 cuts. Pull down the slits, then place the onion in a bowl of cold water till you see curls appear. Use as a garnish on the hot and spicy Paneer Chilli!

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Gobi Manchurian
Chana Masala (Chickpea curry)


  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a fantastic restaurant style recipe. I tried it without tomato puree, cornstarch etc and it came out just fine. Really like your site, great recipes!

  2. HI there, as others have suggested above, you should add a little more soy sauce to make it better, however, his is a dry appetizer dish, and hence will not have any gravy as such. As for paneer, the fresher you use, the better it will cook and stay soft inside, and crispy outside.

    Hope this helps!

  3. Anonymous says:

    i tried it . but it didn't come out so gr8. there was absolutely no gravy , so it looked nothing like the picture. and the paneers texture came out wrong.

  4. Cooking is like chemistry experiment says:

    Hi Manasi
    I am a big fan of your blog. Tried the chilli paneer at my party was a huge hit.
    Agree with shaheen about the soy sauce. I added couple more green chillies too to suit the Indian palate. Thanks for sharing and keep blogging !


  5. this is delectable! its such an easy recipe, and it was a great hit at my kitti-party last week!:) I would suggest adding a little more soy sauce though.


  6. Wow this sounds delicious, just reading the title makes one droolitself.

  7. Can’t resist myself to try it.
    Thanks Mansi. 🙂

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