Chilli Paneer Gravy

Chilli Paneer is a popular Indo-Chinese dish, usually relished with Fried Rice or noodles or even as a starter. It can be prepared in two ways i.e. dry as a starter or gravy as a main course, this recipe is for making it in a gravy. To make this we fry paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese) dipped in the batter made with corn starch and all-purpose flour, then make a gravy with veggies and add these fried paneer cubes to it. 

Tip: You can replace paneer with tofu.

Also try: Fried Rice, Black Pepper Noodles or  Indo-Chinese Potato Bites.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indo-Chinese

Time: Preparation – 15 mins, Cooking – 15 mins, Total – 30 mins.

Servings: 2-3


  1. Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) – 200 grams (cut into cubes)
  2. Corn Flour – 3 tbsp
  3. All-Purpose Flour – 2 tbsp
  4. Ground Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp
  5. Chilli Flakes – 1/4 tsp
  6. Spring Onion Greens – 2 tbsp
  7. Garlic – 3 (finely chopped)
  8. Ginger – 1/2 inch (finely chopped)
  9. Green Chilli – 2 (slit)
  10. Onion – 1/2 cup (cut into cubes)
  11. Capsicum – 1/2 cup (cut into cubes)
  12. Bell Pepper – 1/2 cup (cut into cubes)
  13. Dark Soy Sauce – 1 tbsp
  14. Vinegar – 2 tsp
  15. Water – 1 1/4 cup
  16. Oil – 2 tbsp + for frying the paneer cubes
  17. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Chilli Paneer Gravy:

  1. Take a mixing bowl and add 2 tbsp corn flour, 2 tbsp all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper & salt. Mix and add 1/4 cup water in portions to a smooth batter. Add paneer cubes and coat well in the batter
  2. Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai or a pan to deep fry the paneer. Once oil is hot drop the paneer cubes and fry from all the sides until light golden brown. Drain on a kitchen paper towel, keep aside
  3. Now heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add ginger, garlic and green chilli. Saute until aromatic
  4. Add onion, capsicum and bell pepper. Saute for 2-3 mins on a high flame
  5. Add soy sauce, vinegar, chilli flakes, ground black pepper and salt. Mix and cook for a few seconds
  6. Add 1 cup water and bring it to a boil, meanwhile make a slurry by mixing 1 tbsp corn flour in 1/4 cup water. Add this slurry to the pan and cook until gravy thickens
  7. Add paneer cubes and spring onion greens, mix. Your Chilli Paneer Gravy is ready.


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