Chilli paneer recipe with video & step by step photos – A restaurant style paneer chilli dry & gravy recipe with step by step photos. We love the restaurant served Indo chinese foods but i try to limit eating them out due to the MSG and sauce that is used. Most times i make them at home using the best possible ingredients and without MSG. This recipe yields one of the best chilli paneer dry & gravy that pairs well with a veg fried rice, schezwan fried rice, hakka noodles, or can be served as a starter.
A dry version goes well as a starter and a gravy version goes well as a side dish to veg fried rice or restaurant style hakka noodles or this easy veg noodles.
Always choose naturally brewed or organic soya sauce, others may have added msg, coloring and harmful chemicals. check the labels before you use.
Video of chilli paneer recipe
In the video I have shown making chilli paneer that has more sauce than the one shown in step by step pictures. The recipe is the same as mentioned in the recipe card below with 1 tsp cornflour and half cup water.
Find paneer chilli recipe below
You can find step by step photos after the recipe card.
- 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups paneer (approximately 200 to 250 grams)
- ¼ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder(optional)
- 3 tbsp. corn flour
- 2 pinches of pepper powder
- salt as needed
- water as needed
- oil as needed for shallow frying
- ½ tsp sugar
- ½ tsp kashmiri red chili powder
- very little water
- ¾ to 1 tbsp soya sauce
- ½ to 1 tbsp chilli sauce(adjust to suit your taste)
- ½ to 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
- 2 tbsp. chopped spring onions greens
- 2 tbsp chopped spring onion whites
- ½ cup sliced capsicum / bell pepper
- 1 medium onion cubed, layers seperated
- 1 to 2 green chilies slit and deseeded
- ½ tsp corn flour for dry chilli paneer or 1 tsp for gravy
- Water as needed (refer instructions)
- Make red chili paste by mixing red chili powder, sugar and little water. Set this aside. Make a thick or thin batter of cornflour, red chilli powder, pepper, salt using little water. If you are health conscious and prefer to use less corn flour then make a thin batter. If you like the restaurant style chilli paneer which has a thick coating of flour, then make batter thick.
- Add paneer to the batter and deep fry or shallow fry.
- Retain little oil in the pan, Fry garlic until it smells good.
- Fry onions, chilies and capsicum until partially cooked. Add sauces, vinegar and red chili paste.
- Add 2.5 tbsp. water to the pan. If using corn flour, add that to a bowl and mix with 2.5 to 3 tbsp water. Stir well. To make chilli paneer gravy please refer next part below.
- Pour flour mixture to the pan. Cook till the sauce thickens.
- Add fried cubes and saute for 2 minutes. Add the spring onion greens.
- Serve paneer chilli hot as a starter.
- Add 1 tsp corn flour & half cup water to a bowl. Stir well and make a lump free liquid. You can also add a tsp or more tomato ketchup. Pour the mixture to the hot pan at step 6. Stir well. The mixture comes to a boil and thickens, then add paneer. Off the stove. Adjust more or less water, corn flour, salt as needed to get make more gravy.
How to make chilli paneer recipe
1. This step is optional. If you like your chilli paneer to be bright red in color, you will have to use either food color or red chili paste.To make red chili paste, add ½ tsp sugar, ½ tsp oil, ½ tsp kashmiri chili powder or paprika to a bowl. Stir well, add few drops of water and make a thick paste. Keep this aside till we need it.
2. Add 3 tbsp. corn flour, salt, red chilli powder, 2 pinches of pepper powder to a bowl.
2. Make a thick or thin batter adding water as needed. If you like the restaurant style flour coated paneer then make a thick batter.
3. Add paneer to the batter and coat them well with batter. If you like, you can also marinate paneer with ½ tbsp chilli sauce, ¼ tbsp soya sauce and add dry flour to the paneer and just toss. I added a bit of red chilli sauce to the batter to get a nice color. That’s optional.
4. Heat a pan and fry them on a medium high flame. It can be grilled, tawa fried, shallow fried or deep fried. Spread them evenly while frying else they stick to each other.
5. Stir well and fry evenly until the flour dries up. You may not get the golden color if you have not used chili sauce or chilli powder.
6. Drain them on a kitchen tissue.
7. Transfer the oil to a cup and retain very little in the pan. Add garlic and saute until they smell good.
8. Switch the flame to high. Add onions, spring onions greens, capsicum, sliced and deseeded chilli. Saute on a high flame till they are slightly cooked but still crunchy.
9. Add soya sauce.
10. Add vinegar.
11. Add red chili sauce.
12. Add red chili paste we made at step 1 for the color, this is optional.
13. Add 2.5 tbsp water and allow the sauces to bubble and thicken. For the restaurant style glossy look add half tsp of corn flour with 2.5 to 3 tbsp. water to a bowl. Stir well and pour it to the pan. You can even skip using corn flour, the smooth feel of sauce and the glaze will be missing. In the step by step photo method I have not used cornflour, but I have used it in the video which was made another time.
14. Add paneer, spring onions and toss on a high flame for 1 to 2 minutes. To make chilli paneer gravy, you will have to use more of soya sauce, chilli sauce at steps 9, 10,11. Next Add 1 tsp corn flour, pinch of salt, half cup of water to a bowl. Stir well to break any lumps. You can also add a tsp tomato ketchup. Pour the mixture to the pan. Stir well. The mixture comes to a boil and thickens, add paneer. Switch off the stove. Adjust more or less water, corn flour, salt as needed to get make more gravy.
Garnish chilli paneer with spring onions.