Eating out nowadays has become a nightmare with so much of risk... unclean environment, polluted water, adulterated and cheap ingredients, substitutes, unhealthy oil and what not!! So let's replicate the indo-chinese dishes at home. I have tried the manchurian varieties a long back, they involve a lot of time!! Now I'm trying the Chilli Paneer Recipe with less oil.. NO DEEP FRYING!!
Paneer cubed - 200 grams
Onion cubed - 2 medium size
Green Chilli - 3 (slit or chopped lengthwise)
Capsicum cubed - 1
Garlic finely chopped - 2 tsp
Soya sauce - 1 tsp (If it is dark soya sauce, use 1/2 tsp)
Chilli sauce - 1 tsp (optional as we are adding green chillies)
Tomato ketchup - 1 tsp (optional)
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Oil for shallow frying/ tawa frying paneer
Chopped Spring onion greens/coriander for garnishing
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
For marinating paneer:
Cornflour - 1 1/2 tbsp
All purpose flour/ maida - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - a pinch (optional)
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
1. Make a thick batter of the ingredients listed under the for marinating paneer list, just in the consistency of the masala covering the paneer. You are going to fry each of these paneer pieces, so have it thickly coated and not running consistency. Keep it aside for 10-15 minutes.
2. You can tawa fry/shallow fry or deep fry the marinated paneer. I did tawa frying of these paneer pieces. I had spread all the paneer pieces on my dosa tawa (iron skillet) and sprinkled little oil on them. Leave them for 5 minutes in high flame and then turn them the other side. Cook until golden brown. Done in one shot...
Saved a lot of oil and time too :) Keep tham aside.
3. Meanwhile heat 1 tbsp oil in a wide non stick pan/kadai. Add the minced garlic and green chillies. Fry for 2 mins.
4. Add chopped onions and cook till transparent. Add chopped capsicum and saute in high flame.
(Chop the onions and capsicum in big squares/chunks, so that they are crunchy when you munch them.)
5. Add salt, soya sauce, chilli sauce and pepper powder. Tomato sauce optional. Mix well in high flame and keep stirring. Dont overcook the veggies, they should be crunchy. Also remember soya sauce has salt in it!!
6. Add the fried paneer and stir to mix them well. Add the lemon juice in the end, garnish with coriander or spring onion leaves.
Serve as a starter or with fried rice/noodles.
Happy Cooking!! Try this recipe and let us know your feedback :)