CHILLI PANEER

CHILLI PANEER

A delicious Indo-Chinese dish of Indian paneer that is deliciously crisp on the outside and beautifully soft in the inside combined with classic Chinese flavours such as soya sauce and spring onions. This is spiced up with hot green chilies and served on a bed of cooling lettuce. There is a reason why this is one  of the most popular Indo-Chinese dishes out there, it is fusion food at its best.

 

This has got to be in my top ten of ultimate favourite foods in the whole wide world, and I could seriously eat this every single day. The paneer is like a sponge that absorbs all the tasty Chinese flavourings and locks it all into its soft inner whilst guarding all the flavour with its crisp chewy fried exterior. A word of warning this is a very spicy dish, it is after all called chilli paneer, but if you prefer things slightly milder you can cut down on the green chillies, but you need chillies as it is the chillies that bring this dish alive.

 

 

It might sound a bit strange to serve this on top of iceberg lettuce, and it is not served everywhere like this, but after having it this way once at a restaurant it just made sense and completed the dish. The lettuce helps to cool the heat and adds another  beautiful texture to this already abundantly textural dish. If you are a fan of either Indian food or Chinese food, or both, you really have to give this a try as it is absolutely delicious. It is in my top ten after all!

 

CHILLI PANEER

October 25, 2018
: 4
: 10 min
: 20 min

A delicious Indo-Chinese dish of Indian paneer that is deliciously crisp on the outside and beautifully soft in the inside combined with classic Chinese flavours such as soya sauce and spring onions. This is spiced up with hot green chilies and served on a bed of cooling lettuce. There is a reason why this is one of the most popular Indo-Chinese dishes out there, it is fusion food at its best.

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups (500g) paneer, cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tbsp garlic, crushed
  • ½ tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 cup (1 large) onion, cut into bite size cubes
  • ½ green pepper (capsicum), cut into bite size cubes
  • ½ red pepper (capsicum), cut into bite size cubes
  • ½ cup (2 large) spring onions, sliced
  • 2 – 4 green birds eye chillies, sliced in half
  • 1 cup (75g) iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Paneer Batter:
  • ¾ cup (95g) cornflour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • Water as needed
  • Oil for frying
  • Sauce:
  • 4 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • ¼ - ½ tsp red chilli powder
Directions
  • Step 1 Heat enough oil to shallow fry the paneer cubes.
  • Step 2 Combine all the batter ingredients and slowly add water whilst mixing until you get a smooth runny batter.
  • Step 3 Dip each paneer cube into the batter and shallow fry in the hot oil for approximately 5-6 minutes until paneer is crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper and then leave aside until needed.
  • Step 4 In a wok, heat the 2 tbsp of oil and fry the garlic and ginger for about 2 minutes.
  • Step 5 Add in the green chillies and fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Step 6 Add the onions and green and red peppers and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Step 7 Stir in the chopped spring onions and fry for another minute.
  • Step 8 Pour in the sauce and cook on medium high for a few minutes and once sauce has become slightly thick add in the fried paneer.
  • Step 9 Stir continuously, on medium high heat, ensuring all the paneer cubes get coated with the sauce.
  • Step 10 Serve on top of the shredded lettuce.
  • Step 11 Enjoy x


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