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CHILLI PANEER

November 9, 2010 7:32 am 3 comments
Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer is a very popular appetizer in most of the Indian Restaurants. This is one of the Indo-Chinese fusion foods and is prepared with Paneer with few Chinese sauces/ ingredients. Chilli Paneer is one of the best dishes spicier in taste and a real treat especially for all the vegetarians.

Chilli Paneer is a simple dish and easy to prepare. It is made from paneer (soft cheese), bell peppers, green chilies and other spices to give it a nice yummy taste. The paneer cubes are batter coated and then fried. These fried paneer cubes are stir fried with capsicum, and onions along with a delectable blend of Chinese sauces. This can be served as a starter or main course. It tastes well with Naan, Paratha or even with rice.

It’s always best to use home made paneer as they would be fresh in quality and dense, crumbly texture. As paneer by itself is unsalted white cheese which does not have any taste goes startling when mixed with strong flavours. Paneer is a unripened fresh and delicate cheese made from cow milk in Indian subcontinent. Paneer, rich in nutrients but not too heavy on calories, involves somewhat delicate making procedure. It is made by curdling milk, tying the residence whey in muslin cloth, and then placing under pressure to solidify. Paneer is a versatile dairy product and used to make sweets, snacks or curry vegetables. Paneer is fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine. It is of Indian origin. It is generally called Chhena in eastern parts of India. Unlike most cheeses in the world, the making of paneer does not involve rennet as the coagulation agent, thus making it completely lacto-vegetarian and providing a source of protein for vegetarian Hindus.

For preparing the Chilli paneer, initially cut paneer into cubes. Put the paneer pieces in a bowl add salt, ginger garlic paste, cornflour, a little water and if you eat egg then add an egg and mix well. Add the paneer pieces to this mixture and add a little maida and coat the paneer pieces well. Deep fry the paneer pieces until slightly brown in color over a slow flame. Keep aside.

In a pan, add little oil, add cumin seeds, chopped garlic, ginger garlic paste, chopped green chillies, small cubed cut onions, coriander powder and mix well. Add a little water, chilli garlic sauce, ajinomoto, red and yellow capsicum cubes, soya sauce, curry leaves, salt, lime juice and mix. Add the fried paneer to this spices mixture and mix well. Once done lastly finish off with fresh coriander leaves.  It’s truly a feast for the vegetarians.

The Chilli Paneer combined with bell peppers is a wonderful combination leasing out its tangy taste and crunchy texture of the vegetable with their beautifully shaped glossy exterior that comes in a wide array of vivid colors ranging from green, red, yellow which is a visual treat to the eyes.

Capsicums are used as spices, vegetables and medicines. They are commonly called as chilli peppers (red, green or yellow). The large mild form is called bell pepper in the U.S. and Canada. They are called paprika in some other countries (although paprika can also refer to the powdered spice made from various capsicum fruit). The original Mexican term, chilli (now chile in Mexico) came from the Nahuatl word chilli or xilli, referring to a larger Capsicum variety cultivated at least since 3000 BC, as evidenced by remains found in pottery from Puebla and Oaxaca. Bell peppers are not ‘hot’. They contain a recessive gene that eliminates capsaicin, the compound responsible for the ‘hotness’ found in other peppers.

Chilli paneer is a favourite snack to many and love to eat as appetizer. Peppers are excellent sources of vitamin C and vitamin A (through its concentration of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), two very powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants work together to effectively neutralize free radicals, which can travel through the body causing huge amounts of damage to cells. Free radicals are major players in the build up of cholesterol in the arteries that leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease, the nerve and blood vessel damage seen in diabetes, the cloudy lenses of cataracts, the joint pain and damage seen in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and the wheezing and airway tightening of asthma.

Recipe: Chilli Paneer

Summary: a simple preparation of paneer with chillies

Ingredients

  • ajinomoto – pinch – pinch
  • chilli garlic sauce – 1 – tsp
  • coriander powder – 1/2 – tsp
  • Corn flour – 1 1/2 – tbsp
  • cumin seeds – 1/2 – tsp
  • curry leaves – 7 – number
  • egg – 1 – number
  • garlic chopped – 1 – tsp
  • ginger garlic paste – 1/2 – tbsp
  • green chillies – 4 – number
  • lime juice – 1 – tsp
  • maida – 1 – tbsp
  • oil – for fying
  • onion – 1/2 – cup
  • paneer -1 – lbs
  • red bell pepper – 1 – cup
  • salt – as per taste
  • soya sauce – 1 – tsp
  • water - as needed
  • yellow bell pepper -1 – cup

Instructions

  1. Cut paneer into cubes.
  2. Take a dish add salt,ginger garlic, water,egg and mix well and pour on the cubes mix well and add maida.
  3. Take oil to fry add the mixed paneer into it and fry in very slow flame.
  4. Take a pan add oil cumin,garlic,ginger garlic paste,chopped green chill,onion,coriander powder,little water,chill garlic sauce,ajinomato,red bell pepper,yellow ,chilli powder,soya sauce,curry leaves,salt,lime juice, if you want to add colour u can, now add paneer and mix well,
  5. Finely finish it off with coriander leaves.

Cooking time (duration): 25

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: lunch

My rating: 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Recipe by Vahchef.


To enjoy this mouth watering tangy Chilly Paneer do watch the video at:

http://www.vahrehvah.com/Chilli+Paneer:4397

3 Comments

  • Hi,

    I am enjoying your website & your dishes. I love the feature that you have a video, removes any doubt for cooking the dish.

    I’d like to request you if you can make “paneer makhanwala”
    …would love to learn.

    Thanks for your time & dedication,
    Chethana.

  • i like it.it’s really mouth watering dish

  • I tried the recipe..turned out perfect. My daughter loves it!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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