Chili Paneer - Hot and Sour Stir Fried Cottage Cheese

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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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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. Chili ​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 flavors ensure that everyone loves it.

What You'll Need

  • 500 gms paneer/ cottage cheese (cut into 2-inch cubes)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable cooking oil
  • 2 large onions (sliced thinly)
  • 5 to 6 cloves of garlic (chopped very fine)
  • 1 medium bunch spring onion (chopped coarsely)
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp green/ red chili sauce
  • 2 tsp 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-inch square pieces

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or deep pan on a medium to high heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic and spring onion (keep a little - 2 tbsps - aside for garnish later). Fry till soft.
  3. Add all the sauces, vinegar and the chicken stock cube and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  4. 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.
  1. Turn off the heat and spoon the chili paneer onto a serving platter.
  2. Garnish with some chopped spring onion and serve with toothpicks so everyone can help themselves.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 129
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Sodium 691 mg
Carbohydrates 20 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 8 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)