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Chili Paneer – Hot and Sour Stir Fried Cottage Cheese

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(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

  • Gather the ingredients.
  • Add the onion, garlic and spring onion (keep a little – 2 tbsps – aside for garnish later). Fry till soft.
  • Add all the sauces, vinegar and the chicken stock cube and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • 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.
  • Turn off the heat and spoon the chili paneer onto a serving platter.
  • Garnish with some chopped spring onion and serve with toothpicks so everyone can help themselves.
Chili Paneer Recipe - Stir Fried Cottage Cheese

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