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Chilli Paneer – 2 Ways (Restaurant Style & Street Style)

Chilli Paneer is one of the popular recipe from the Indian Chinese cuisine. There are many ways of making it. You can make it dry, semi dry or a grvay version. In this post I am sharing the dry and semi dry version.

  1. Chilli Paneer Restaurant Style (Semi-Dry)
  2. Chilli Paneer Street Style (Dry version as a snack)

One of the favorite dishes from Indian Chinese cuisine is chilli paneer. This paneer chilli recipe gives a truly restaurant style taste and flavor.

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In this chilli paneer dish, the fried paneer cubes are coated in a sweet, sour, spicy sauce Thereby giving you restaurant-style taste.

You can make the gravy slightly thick or having medium consistency. If serving with rice, then the gravy or sauce can be medium to medium-thin. If serving as starter the sauce can be slightly thick. For Gravy Version, you can also refer this Instant Pot Chilli Paneer Gravy.

You can add the amount of soy sauce, red chilli sauce, green chillies, black pepper, sugar and vinegar as per your requirements or taste buds. Instead of paneer, you can also use tofu.

Serve chilli paneer with fried rice or schezwan fried rice or burnt garlic fried rice. It also goes well as a side dish with pulao or jeera rice or ghee rice. You can also have it with tandoori roti or naan or roomali roti.

How to make Chilli Paneer Restaurant Style

Preparing batter

1. In a bowl take 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 3 tablespoons maida (all purpose flour).

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

2. Next add ½ teaspoon ginger paste and ½ teaspoon garlic paste.

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

3. Now add ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper powder and ¼ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder. Also season with salt as required.

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

making restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

4. Then add ¼ cup water or add as required. With a wired whisk or a spoon mix very well to get a smooth batter without any lumps. The batter is of medium consistency.

preparing restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

preparing restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

5. Now add paneer cubes in the batter. With a spoon gently coat the paneer cubes with the batter.

preparing restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

preparing restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

Frying paneer

1. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a frying pan. I have pan fried the paneer cubes. You can also deep fry them.

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

2. Once one side is done, flip it and fry the other side. Flip a couple of times and fry till the paneer cubes are crisp and golden. Also do not over do the frying as then the paneer cubes can become hard.

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

3. Remove the fried paneer cubes and place them on kitchen paper towels for the extra oil to be absorbed.

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

Making chilli paneer

1. In the same pan, there will be some oil left. So no need to add any extra oil. Add 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger, 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic and 2 to 3 green chillies (slit or sliced).

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

2. Stir fry on medium to high flame for some seconds.

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

preparing chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

3. Then add ⅓ cup chopped spring onions. Stir fry spring onions for 1 to 2 minutes on medium to high flame.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

4. Next add ½ cup sliced capsicum.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

6. Stir fry on medium to high flame for 3 to 4 minutes. The capsicum only needs to slightly cooked.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

7. Lower the flame and then add ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

8. Then add 2 teaspoons soy sauce.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

9. Next add 1 teaspoon red chilli sauce.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

10. Stir and mix the sauces and red chilli powder with the remaining stir fried ingredients.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

11. Add ½ to ⅔ cup water.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

12. Mix well.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

13. Let the mixture come to a simmer on medium to medium-high flame.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

14. Take 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a small bowl.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

15. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water for dissolving corn starch. Corn starch is known as corn flour in India.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

16. Mix very well to get a smooth paste.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

17. Lower the flame and then add this corn starch paste to the gravy.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

18. As soon as you add, mix the paste very well so that no lumps are formed.

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

making chilli paneer restaurant style recipe

19. Add ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar or as required.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

20. Season with salt as per taste. Do keep a check on salt as soy sauce and red chilli sauce already have salt in them.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

21. Mix very well and simmer till the sauce has slightly thickened and the corn starch has cooked. You can check the taste and you should not feel any raw taste coming from the corn starch.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

22. Add the fried paneer cubes.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

23. Mix paneer cubes very well with the gravy.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

24. Switch off the flame and then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or white vinegar. You can skip vinegar if you want.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

25. Then add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped spring onions greens. mix very well. Check the taste and if you want, you can add more soy sauce, chilli sauce, salt, black pepper or sugar.

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

restaurant style chilli paneer recipe

26. Serve chilli paneer restaurant style garnished with some spring onions. You can serve it with any Indo Chinese rice recipe.

Chilli paneer also goes well as a side dish with veg pulao or jeera rice. You can also have paneer chilli with plain paratha or pudina paratha or naan or roti.

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This post is from the archives and has been republished and updated on 24 May 2020. 


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Chilli Paneer (Restaurant Style Recipe)

Chilli paneer is one of the popular recipe from the Indian Chinese cuisine. This chilli paneer gives restaurant style taste and flavor.

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Servings (change the number to scale):3

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for batter

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (also known as corn flour in india)
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • salt as required
  • ¼ cup water or add as required

for frying paneer

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 200 to 250 grams paneer – cut in cubes

for chilli paneer gravy or sauce

  • 2 small spring onions or ⅓ cup chopped spring onions
  • 2 to 3 green chillies – slit or sliced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 small to medium capsicum or ½ cup sliced green bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar or add as required
  • salt as required
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (also known as corn flour in india)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water for dissolving corn starch
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or white vinegar – optional
  • 2 to 3 spring onion greens to be added later

making batter

  • In a bowl take 2 tablespoons cornstarch.

  • Then add 3 tablespoons maida (all purpose flour).

  • Next add 2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, 2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic,  ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper powder and ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder. Also season with salt as required.

  • Add ¼ cup water or add as required.

  • With a wired whisk or a spoon mix very well to get a smooth batter without any lumps.

  • Now add paneer cubes in the batter.

  • With a spoon gently coat the paneer cubes with the batter.

frying paneer

  • Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a frying pan. 

  • One side is done, flip it and fry the other side. Flip a couple of times and fry till the paneer cubes are crisp and golden. Also do not over do the frying as then the paneer cubes can become hard.

  • Remove the fried paneer cubes and place them on kitchen paper towels for the extra oil to be absorbed.

making chilli paneer gravy or sauce

  • In the same pan, there will be some oil left. So no need to add any extra oil. Add 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger, 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic and 2 to 3 green chillies (slit or sliced).

  • Stir fry on medium to high flame for some seconds.

  • Then add ⅓ cup chopped spring onions.

  • Stir fry spring onions for 1 to 2 minutes on medium to high flame.

  • Next add ½ cup sliced capsicum.

  • Stir fry on medium to high flame for 3 to 4 minutes. The capsicum only needs to be slightly cooked.

  • Lower the flame and then add ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder.

  • Then add 2 teaspoons soy sauce and 1 teaspoon red chilli sauce.

  • Stir and mix the sauces and red chilli powder with the remaining stir fried ingredients.

  • Add ½ to ⅔ cup water. mix well.

  • Let the mixture come to a simmer on medium to medium-high flame.

  • Meanwhile take 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a small bowl.

  • Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water for dissolving corn starch. Corn starch is known as corn flour in india.

  • Mix very well to get a smooth paste.

  • Lower the flame and then add this corn starch paste to the gravy.

  • As soon as you add corn flour paste to the gravy, mix the paste very well so that no lumps are formed.

  • Add ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar or as required. 

  • Season with salt as per taste. Do keep a check on salt as soy sauce and red chilli sauce already have salt in them.

  • Mix very well and simmer till the sauce has slightly thickened and the corn starch has cooked. You can check the taste and you should not feel any raw taste coming from the corn starch in the sauce.

  • Add the fried paneer cubes.

  • Mix paneer cubes very well with the gravy.

  • Switch off the flame and then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or white vinegar. You can skip vinegar if you want.

  • Then add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped spring onions greens.

  • Mix very well. Check the taste of gravy and if you want, you can add more soy sauce, chilli sauce, salt, black pepper or sugar.

  • Serve restaurant-style chilli paneer garnished with some spring onions.

  • By adding less or more water, you can change the consistency of the chilli paneer sauce or gravy by making it thin or thick. 
  • Add less or more of the spices or sauces as per your taste buds. 

Nutrition Facts

Chilli Paneer (Restaurant Style Recipe)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 409 Calories from Fat 270

% Daily Value*

Fat 30g46%

Saturated Fat 11g69%

Cholesterol 44mg15%

Sodium 1923mg84%

Potassium 74mg2%

Carbohydrates 21g7%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 11g22%

Vitamin A 370IU7%

Vitamin C 26.6mg32%

Calcium 332mg33%

Iron 0.7mg4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Street Style Chilli Paneer Dry

Here is a quick 30 minutes street style dry chilli paneer shared with step by step pics. This is a truly spicy, sour, sweet Indo Chinese starter recipe of dry chilli paneer (without gravy).

When we go out to dine in restaurants, along with the usual Punjabi food, two Indo Chinese dishes that make an appearance on the table are veg manchurian and the spicy chilli paneer. So no prizes for guessing that these are made at home too.

When I make paneer (Indian cottage cheese) at home, then most of the times (when there is capsicum in the fridge :)) I make this chilli paneer.

It is best to use fresh paneer to make this dish. You can add less or more sauces (e.g. Soy sauce or red chilli sauce) as per your requirement. You can also make the same recipe with tofu.

You can serve these dry chilli paneer as starter snack or even roll them in roti and make a chilli paneer wrap. This incredibly spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot. Instead of having them with veg fried rice, we have them with roti or naan and it tastes yum.

Some more awesome dry Paneer recipes 

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paneer chili dry recipe

How to make Street Style Chilli Paneer Dry

1. Pat dry 200 to 250 grams paneer first. Then slice the paneer in cubes or rectangles. Keep aside in a mixing bowl. If using frozen paneer, then keep them soaked in hot water for some minutes before slicing.

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

2. Peel and finely chop 1-inch ginger and 7 to 9 medium garlic cloves. Diagonally chop 3 to 4 green chillies. Quarter 1 small to medium-sized onion and remove all the layers. Slice 1 small to medium capsicum in squares. Remove its seeds and pith (white part). Keep the chopped veggies aside. Instead of onions, you can also use spring onions (scallions).

veggies for chili paneer dry recipe

veggies for chili paneer dry recipe

3. Add 2 tbsp corn starch (corn flour), ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper or black pepper powder and salt as per taste to the paneer cubes.

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

4. Gently mix without breaking the cubes. Or else you can shake the bowl and toss the paneer with the dry ingredients. If there is some moisture in the paneer, the corn starch will become sticky. But still, no issues as the paneer can be still fried 🙂

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

5. Heat 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil in a non-stick pan or a well-seasoned pan. When the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan. You can use any other oil instead of sesame oil.

frying paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

frying paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

6. When the base is slightly cooked, flip over and fry the other side.

frying paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

frying paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

7. Turn them gently and fry so that they are uniformly golden. You can also deep fry the paneer cubes if you want.

when the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan.

when the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan.

8. Fry them till golden and crisp. Do not overcook as then they harden.

when the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan.

when the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan.

9. Place the pan fried paneer cubes in a plate. Keep aside.

paneer cubes for paneer chilli recipe

paneer cubes for paneer chilli recipe

10. Whilst the paneer cubes are getting fried, do the following. In the same bowl, in which we marinated the paneer cubes, there will be some leftover corn starch (corn flour) and spices. Add 2 tablespoons water to the bowl

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

11. Mix very well. we will add this corn starch paste to give a glaze to the sauce.

corn starch paste for chilli paneer dry recipe

corn starch paste for chilli paneer dry recipe

11. In another small bowl, add 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon green chilli sauce, 1 teaspoon sweet red chilli sauce, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder and ¼ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper or black pepper powder.

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

12. With a spoon mix all the three sauces very well.

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

sauce for chilli paneer dry recipe

13. In the same pan, there will be some oil left after pan frying the paneer cubes. So add the finely chopped ginger-garlic and green chillies. Stir.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

14. Then add the onion and capsicum squares. If using celery, you can add 1 teaspoon chopped celery at this step.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

15. On a medium flame, stir fry till the edges of the onions and capsicum get cooked or become light browned.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

16. Add mixed sauces.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

17. Then add little salt and sugar. Go easy on the salt as the sauces already have salt in them.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

17. Stir very well.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

18. Now add the corn starch paste.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

19. Stir again very well. Do check the taste and add some soy sauce or chilli sauces or red chilli powder or sugar or salt if required.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

20. Add the pan fried paneer cubes.

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

paneer for chili paneer dry recipe

21. Stir and mix the paneer cubes with the rest of the sauce so that the sauce coats the paneer cubes evenly.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

22. Here the street style best chilli paneer is done and ready to be served.

making chili paneer dry recipe

making chili paneer dry recipe

23. You can garnish with some coriander leaves or chopped celery or spring onion greens before serving. Serve dry chilli paneer hot. This spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot.

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chilli paneer dry recipe, dry chilli paneer recipe


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Dry Chilli Paneer (Street Style)

A truly spicy street style dry chilli paneer. Best served as a starter dish or a snack.

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Servings (change the number to scale):3

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for paneer marination

  • 200 to 250 grams paneer (cottage cheese) – cubed
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch (also known as corn flour in india)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper or black pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil or any oil
  • salt as required

other ingredients for dry chilli paneer

  • 1 medium onion – quartered and separated in squares
  • 1 small to medium capsicum – cut in squares (bell pepper)
  • 1 inch ginger – finely chopped or ½ tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 7 to 9 small to medium garlic cloves, finely chopped or ½ tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 3 to 4 green chillies, sliced vertically
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon green chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet red chilli sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder or cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar or add as required
  • 1 teaspoon chopped celery – chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon water – added in the leftover corn starch to give glaze
  • salt as required

preparation

  • Pat dry 200 to 250 grams paneer first. Then slice the paneer in cubes or rectangles. Keep aside in a mixing bowl.

  • Then peel and finely chop 1 inch ginger and 7 to 9 medium garlic cloves.

  • Diagonally chop 3 to 4 green chillies. Quarter 1 small to medium-sized onion and remove all the layers. 

  • Slice 1 small to medium capsicum in squares. Remove its seeds and pith (white part). Keep the chopped veggies aside.

marinating and pan frying paneer

  • Add 2 tbsp corn starch, ¼ tsp red chilli powder, ¼ tsp black pepper powder and salt to the paneer cubes.

  • Gently mix without the breaking the cubes. Or else you can shake the bowl and toss the paneer with the dry ingredients.

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non stick pan or a well seasoned pan. When the oil is medium hot, place the paneer cubes in the pan. 

  • When the base is slightly cooked, flip over and fry them. Turn the paneer cubes gently and fry so that they are uniformly golden. You can also deep fry the paneer cubes if you want.

  • Fry them till golden and crisp. Do not fry for a long time as then they harden and become dense.

  • Place the pan fried paneer cubes in a plate. Keep aside.

  • Whilst the paneer cubes are getting fried, in the same bowl, in which we marinated the paneer cubes, there will be some leftover corn starch and spices. Add 2 tbsp water to the bowl and mix well. 

  • We will add this corn starch paste to give a glaze to the sauce.

  • In another small bowl, add 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp green chilli sauce, 1 tsp sweet red chilli sauce, ¼ tsp red chilli powder and ¼ tsp black pepper.

  • With a spoon mix all the three sauces very well.

making street style dry chilli paneer

  • In the same pan, after we finish frying the paneer, add the finely chopped ginger-garlic and green chillies. Stir.

  • Then add the onion and capsicum squares. If using celery, you can add 1 tsp chopped celery at this step.

  • On a medium flame, stir fry till the edges of the onions and capsicum get cooked or become light browned.

  • Add the mixed sauces.

  • Then add little salt and sugar. Go easy on the salt as the sauces already have a salt in them. Stir very well.

  • Now add the corn starch paste. Stir again very well. Do check the taste and add some soy sauce or chilli sauce or sugar or salt if required.

  • Add the pan-fried paneer cubes. Stir and mix the paneer cubes with the rest of the sauce.

  • You can garnish it with some coriander leaves or chopped celery or spring onion greens before serving. 

  • Serve dry chilli paneer hot. This spicy paneer dish tastes best when served hot.

Nutrition Facts

Dry Chilli Paneer (Street Style)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 355 Calories from Fat 234

% Daily Value*

Fat 26g40%

Saturated Fat 11g69%

Cholesterol 44mg15%

Sodium 552mg24%

Potassium 164mg5%

Carbohydrates 19g6%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 11g22%

Vitamin A 246IU5%

Vitamin C 42mg51%

Calcium 345mg35%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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