Chilli Paneer

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Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer is one of the most popular dishes of Indo-Chinese cuisine. Try it at home yourself today!

Bowl of Chilli Paneer

Have you ever had Indo-Chinese cuisine? Well it is exactly what it sounds like – Indian Chinese Cuisine. The Chinese have gone just about everywhere in the world and everywhere they go, they take the base of their cuisine with them.

However the cuisine is adapted to local ingredients and local palates. There’s Cuban Chinese food, Peruvian Chinese Food, Trini Chinese Food, Afghani Chinese food and so much more. These are just a few I’ve tried available here in NYC.

One of the most popular Indo-Chinese dishes are the Chilli dishes. Chilli Paneer, Chilli Chicken, Chilli Bhindi (okra) and the list goes on…

Chilli Chicken is one of the required dishes that’s always available at any Indian restaurant buffet, as long as it’s not a Vegetarian restaurant. It’s not very spicy and slightly sweet and therefore, has mass appeal. Here’s the most popular Vegetarian Chilli dish.


This is the perfect fusion of two great culinary traditions from India and China,

bowl of Chilli Paneer
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Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer is one of the most popular Vegetarian Indo-Chinese dishes. Try it at home today.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Paneer
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people


  • 8 oz. diced paneer
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 green chiles split
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 chopped small red bell pepper
  • 1/2 chopped large green bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon green chilli sauce


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch, garlic, pepper, salt and 6 tablespoons water to make a thick paste.
  • Place paneer in the paste and let it marinate for 10 minutes. Heat enough oil for deep frying in a wok or skillet. Remove the paneer pieces from the marinade. Place in the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Remove all but 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add ginger and garlic paste and fry for 1 minute.
  • Add onion and fry until golden. Add soy sauce, sugar, tomato sauce and chilli sauce.
  • Add bell peppers and chillies. Fry for 5 minutes, until the peppers start to char.
  • Add paneer pieces and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve the remaining cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water. Add this to skillet and cook for another 2 minutes.
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  1. Looks delicious. Chili paneer is one dish I always order if I am eating at a Indi Chinese kind of a restaurant. I have tried making it but not managed to get the right taste. I just realised that it could be the marinating process that I don’t tend to pay attention to.

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