Chili Paneer - Hot and Sour Stir Fried Cottage Cheese

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
129 Calories
2g Fat
20g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 129
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 691mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 8g
Calcium 99mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 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

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the oil in a wok or deep pan on a medium to high heat.

  3. Add the onion, garlic and spring onion (keep a little - 2 tbsps - aside for garnish later). Fry till soft.

  4. Add all the sauces, vinegar and the chicken stock cube and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.

  5. 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.

  6. Turn off the heat and spoon the chili paneer onto a serving platter.

  7. Garnish with some chopped spring onion and serve with toothpicks so everyone can help themselves.