Friday, January 11, 2013

Chilli Paneer | a quick-fix recipe

I had this slab of paneer in my fridge which I wanted to finish off. Not in a mood to go for any elaborate recipe, I was contemplating on going for my 20 mins Paneer Butter Masala. But I had not any tomatoes and just one onion in my pantry! My weekly shopping was pending and I was left with just a limited stock to dish out my lunch!
So with one onion, a few capsicum and some green chillies and of course a slab of paneer, here is what I managed to dish out :) 

This simple Chilli Paneer, goes really well with Jeera Rice or a simple Fried Rice. I had some left over from my meal that day and surprisingly, the left over, when re-heated and eaten tasted even better the next day :D Just remember to have serve this dish hot, as the paneer tends to get hard when cooled.

Makes: 1 big bowl
Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins

Paneer / Cottage Cheese - 200 gms
Onion - 1 medium
Capsicum - 1 small
Green Chillies - 3-4
Corn Flour - 2 tsp
Pepper Powder - 2 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Soya Sauce - a dash
Salt - to taste
Oil - as needed

  • Slice the paneer lenght-wise into thin pieces. Take a mixing bowl and toss in the sliced paneer pieces. Add pepper powder, corn flour, olive oil and a pinch of salt and mix well. Allow the paneer to marinate for about 10 mins.
  • Meanwhile, slice the onion, capsicum and  green chillies into thin slices. Keep aside.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and once hot, toss in the marinated Paneer and allow to roast a little for about 5 minutes on medium flame. Occasionally toss around the paneer slices to allow to cook on all sides.
  • Take them off the stove and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, add in a little more oil (olive or sunflower) and once hot, add the green chillies and onions. Allow the onions to caramelize.
  • Now, add in the capsicum and mix well.

  • After frying for 2 mins, add in salt and ginger-garlic paste. Stir well.
  • Allow the mixture to cook for about 5 minutes on medium flame and then add in about 2-3 tsp of soya sauce and stir well. Toss in the pan-roasted paneer slices and mix to bring all the ingredients together.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes and turn off the flame.
  • Serve hot with Fried Rice or Rotis.

  • You can add in spring onions as well to this recipe while you fry the regular onions. And finally to garnish the dish while serving.
  • The paneer tend to get hard when the dish cools down, so remember to heat is just before serving.
  • Do not add in too much corn-flour, this thickens the consistency of the paneer. We need just enough to give a light coating around the paneer.


  1. Paneer is so versatile, come out great with the perfect blend of spices! I can have this just the way it is :)

  2. anything with paneer, then i am in :)

  3. That looks delicious - one of my favourite dishes.

  4. your quick fix turned out pretty awesome dear.

  5. so yummy no wonder it disappears fast

  6. That looks so delicious. Love any dish made from Paneer, your's looks divine!

  7. damn mouthwatering!!

  8. super quick and delicious stir fry...