Chilli Paneer

Chilli paneer is one of my favourite indo- chinese recipes. Paneer a cheese curd, which is popular in India and works perfectly with this spicy sweet sauce. Using a cheese may sound weird, but it is the perfect veggie alternative to chicken.


  • 2 paneer blocks (you can find this in the asian fridge section of major supermarkets)
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 6 cloves of garlic- 2 grated and 4 finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 chillies (ideally green ones), sliced
  • 2 peppers (green or red), cubed
  • 1 onion, cubed
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • A bunch of coriander, chopped

For the sauce:

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 3 tbsp hot chilli sauce
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar


  1. Cut the panner block into cubes.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  2. In a bowl, mix the cornflour, 2 grated garlic cloves and about 1/4 of the grated ginger in a bowl. Add a few tbsp water to make a paste.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  3. Cover the paneer in this mixture. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  4. In a frying pan add 2 tbsp oil. Shallow fry the panner for 5-10 minutes on a medium heat until the pieces are crispy and brown. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  5. Put this to one side.
  6. In the same pan, heat a bit more all and add the remaining garlic, ginger, cumin and chilli. Fry for a few minutes.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  7. Then add the onion and peppers.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  8. In a bowl, mix together all the sauce ingredients and add this to the pan.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  9. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until soft, then add the paneer back to the pan.
  10. Add a few tsp cornflour to the pan to thicken the sauce.IMG_6125
  11. Sprinkle on the spring onions and coriander.IMG_6126IMG_6127

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