We know chilli paneer as a popular recipe featured in most of the Indian restaurant menus. But did you know that you can cook this dish easily at home, and doesn’t require any fancy (or unhealthy) ingredients? Read on!
Many delicacies popular in Indian restaurants, and categorised as Chinese food, have nothing to do with the real Chinese cuisine! We rely on some of the ingredients, primarily the sauces used, for this categorisation. Despite the real lineage, most of these dishes are delicious, and we keep ordering them without having to worry about their origins! That’s exactly what we are going to with this chilli paneer recipe.
Forget the origins. All that matters is the taste. It’s healthy too, and you know all the ingredients that are going in!
Paneer, the Indian cottage cheese, is an interesting ingredient to work with. In terms of flavours, paneer doesn’t have much of a character in itself. But cook it with a balanced sauce or paste, you can get a delicious dish out of it. The global popularity of paneer delicacies like paneer butter masala endorses this fact. This is the most important aspect that you have to keep in mind while cooking with paneer. Season well, and combine with the right ingredients, you get a winning paneer dish!
It’s quite easy to put together a great tasting plate of chilli paneer. First, we fry the paneer cubes with some seasoning and keep them aside. This gives a crispy, flavourful coating to the paneer, and also holds it together in later stages of the preparation. The second step involves frying ginger and onions, followed by capsicum and green chillies, and finished off with some soy sauce. The fried paneer cubes are tossed in and slowly stirred to coat with this delicious onion and capsicum base.
That’s about it! Chilli Paneer is ready to be served. Enjoy with some homemade fried rice or roti.