Chilli Paneer/Cottage Cheese

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For many  Vegetarians in India, delicacy starts and ends with Paneer. Paneer goes really well in Indian cooking, be it the butter masalas and Kadhai paneers of the world or the ubiquitous paneer tikka.

This is quickish stir fry makes an easy one bowl dinner with wraps OR rice. It also becomes a good backyard cookout appetizer.

Yields: 2-3 servings
Preparation time-15 minutes
Waiting time-10 minutes (for Marination)
Cooking time-20-25 minutes


  • Fresh Paneer (cottage cheese)-250gms (cubed)
  • Diced red peppers/capsicum-1/2
  • Diced green peppers/capsicum-1/2
  • Diced yellow peppers/capsicum-1/2
  • Diced red onion-1

For marination:

  • Corn flour/corn starch-1tbsp
  • Palin flour-1tbsp
  • Chilli powder-1tsp
  • Natural yogurt-1-2tbsp
  • Salt- a generous pinch
  • Oil-for toasting paneer

For kadai masala:

  • Chopped garlic-3 cloves
  • Chopped ginger-1/2inch
  • Green chillies-2-3 (slit)
  • Ground white pepper-1/4tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-1tbsp

For sauce:

  • Tomato-1 medium
  • Red chillies-3 (as per spice preferred)
  • Ground cumin-1tsp


Preparation step:

  • First cut the paneer into small cubes/ any desired shape.
  • In a bowl add mix corn flour, plain flour, chilli powder, yogurt, salt and mix well to form a paste (add some water if desired)
  • Now add cubed paneer to the paste and toss well until coated and let it sit for 5-10 minutes
  • After marination time heat a pan/skillet and toast the coated paneer till golden ( you can do in batches)

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For the sauce:

  • Place tomato, chillies, cumin powder in a blender/food processor and blend to smooth sauce.

For chilli paneer:

  • Heat oil in a pan/wok and add ginger, garlic, green chillies and saute for few seconds.
  • Add the ground tomato sauce and saute for few seconds.
  • Add diced red, green, yellow peppers (or capsicum), onions and fry on high flame for 4-5 minutes or until tender but crunchy.
  • Now add sauted paneer cubes and toss well until coated with the sauce.
  • Season with salt, ground pepper powder and simmer for a minute or two.
  • Once veggies are coated well in sauce, turn off the flame.

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Serve hot.

You can serve this as starter on its own


It can be served as side dish with Onion Lacha Paratha

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Herbed Lacha Paratha

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OR Chinese Vegetable Schezwan Poha



  • Paneer can be deep fried alternatively for more crispy texture.
  • Spices can per personalised as per the taste

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on May 5, 2015, in Indian, Side dish, Starters. Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. I am starting to make chilli paneer for dinner and here you have a lovely recipe! Looks yum!

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  2. Looks so delicious and perfectly made Chitra:)

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  3. Great looking dish and one I will need to try. I am having a little problem finding an Indian food store here in Puerto Vallarta but I will keep on looking until I find one.


  4. Everything looks just delicious!

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  5. Deliciousness! I love paneers in Indian cuisine. And those parathas are making me hungry!

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  6. Yummy looking delicious 🙂

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  7. hilaryliston

    Looks so good!! 🙂

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  8. Arasi Arumugam

    Chilli Paneer is so tempting 🙂

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  9. I always use paneer in palak paneer so great to see an alternative recipe….

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  10. Tempting Chilli Paneer….I love spicy food n it is saying eat me 🙂

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  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking it. You have so many great recipes and I love Indian food. Great pics, too.

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  12. Hi Chitra, love yr blog. The pics are colorful and look very delicious. Thanks for sharing.
    P.S. By the way, thanks for checking out my posts on my blog.


  13. I took an online Indian curry class and using paneer is in one of the recipes. Need to try yours as well 🙂


  14. I will post it on Friday – very simple and easy but a good start for me 🙂 Such intense flavor Chitra!


  15. Beautifully photographed, Chitra. It sounds delicious. I like that you show several different ways to serve it. Keep on cooking. Hugs!


  16. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    I want you to know that I am eating peppers again because you recipes are so well done. ❤

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  17. Everything looks just delicious. I love it Thank you for Recipe.


  18. Delicious Recipe…Thnx for post this recipe.


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