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How to make Chilli Paneer – Step by Step Recipe

Cottage cheese or Paneer is loved by everyone. It is smooth and delicious to it. Many main course dishes as well as snacks can be made from it. Who doesn’t know about shahee paneer, kadhai paneer and paneer tikka? But there is another paneer related dish which is quite popular and easy to cook at home.

This dish is chilli paneer. It is generally an Indo-Chinese dish and is served as a starter or a snack in various restaurants. Some restaurants even roll it in rumali roti and serve it as the chilli paneer wrap. Others serve it along with the veg fried rice and it tastes even better.


The best thing about this dish is that it can be made quickly at home itself. By following the steps mentioned below, one can easily cook chilli paneer within a few minutes at their homes and get restaurant like taste as well. So let us see how we can do it. Firstly, let us take a look at the ingredients which will be necessary for cooking chilli paneer at home.

Ingredients Required

  1. 250-300 grams cottage cheese/paneer, preferably sliced in cubes of equal sizes
  2. 2 tbsp corn flour
  3. 2 tbsp oil
  4. ¼ tbsp black pepper powder
  5. ¼ tbsp red chilli powder
  6. 1 onion, cut in squared pieces
  7. 1 capsicum, cut same like the onion
  8. Finely chopped ginger
  9. Finely chopped Garlic cloves
  10. Vertically sliced green chillies
  11. 1 tbsp Soya Sauce
  12. 1 tbsp green chilli sauce
  13. 2 tbsp water, added in corn flour
  14. Salt
  15. Coriander leaves or spring onions for garnishing

Chilli Paneer: Pre-Preparation Steps

Please note that you will have to do a little preparation before you cook the main dish. Generally, for a serving of 2-3 people, you will need a preparation time of around 20 minutes and a cooking time of around 15 minutes. So let us take a look at the preparations first.
  1. Take the sliced paneer cubes in the bowl and pat them dry.
  2. Peel and chop ginger and garlic cloves. Also, diagonally chop green chilli.
  3. Capsicum and Onions form an important part of the dish. They should be cut in equal square pieces. Make sure that you remove the Capsicum seeds as it can even spoil the taste if not removed.
  4. Now that the preparation is done, we can move along to cook the main dish i.e. the chilli paneer.

Steps for cooking Chilli Paneer

  1. To begin with, you must marinate the paneer. So firstly, tale the bowl in which you had added paneer cubes and now add corn starch, red chilli powder, black pepper powder and salt over the paneer cubes in the same quantity as mentioned above.
  2. Gently mix them all by rubbing your fingers all over. Make sure that you are gentle in your approach and do not break the cubes. If you are not confident enough, then you can just shake the bowl and mix the contents. Although mixing with the fingers can make the contents spread equally.
  3. Heat some oil in a pan and place the cubes over it. Flip them when the base is cooked. Again be gentle in your approach. Do this until it is uniformly golden.
  4. Keep the paneer cubes aside in a plate now. There will be leftover corn flour in the bowl. Add water to it to form a paste which will be later used to add glaze to the sauce.
  5. Now take another bowl and add soya sauce, green chilli sauce, red chilli sauce, black pepper powder as well as red chilli powder and mix well.
  6. Now, in the same pan, where paneer was sautéed, add ginger, garlic, capsicum as well as onions. Stir and fry on medium flame until the contents turn golden brown.
  7. Add salt to it and keep stirring. Now you can add the corn flour paste which you had prepared with the leftover corn flour earlier. Also, keep on checking the taste and do not hesitate to add any sauce if you deem necessary.
  8. Now add the pan fried paneer cubes which were kept aside in a plate earlier to the mixture. Stir it for around 5 minutes at low flame.
  9. Now your chilli paneer is ready. Take it off the flame and garnish it using coriander leaves or spring onions if you happen to have them.
  10. Serve hot as it tastes best when hot.
The Last Words
So we saw, how one can make one of the most popular Indo-Chinese snacks i.e. the chilli paneer at their homes. Instead of going to the restaurants and spending big bucks on this snack, you can just follow the easy steps mentioned below and make this delicious dish at your own homes and hence enjoy it with your friends and family anytime you want.
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