One of the most popular Indo-Chinese dishes are the Chilli dishes. Chilli Paneer, Chilli Chicken, Chilli Bhindi (okra) and the list goes on…

Chilli Chicken is one of the required dishes that’s always available at any Indian restaurant buffet, as long as it’s not a Vegetarian restaurant. It’s not very spicy and slightly sweet and therefore, has mass appeal. Here’s the most popular Vegetarian Chilli dish.

Chilli Paneer

Serves 4

  • 8 oz. diced paneer
  • 3 tableespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 green chiles, split
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 chopped small red bell pepper
  • 1/2 chopped large green bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon green chilli sauce

In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch, garlic, pepper, salt and 6 tablespoons water to make a thick paste.
Place paneer in the paste and let it marinate for 10 minutes.

Heat enough oil for deep frying in a wok or skillet. Remove the paneer pieces from the marinade. Place in the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
Remove all but 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add ginger and garlic paste and fry for 1 minute.
Add onion and fry until golden. Add soy sauce, sugar, tomato sauce and chilli sauce.
Add bell peppers and chiles. Fry for 3 minutes.
Add paneer pieces and cook for another 2 minutes.
In a small bowl, dissolve the remaining cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water. Add this to skillet and cook for another minute.

This is a perfect fusion of two cultures – India & China.

For a complete Indo-Chinese dish, serve with this Mushroom & Bell Pepper Fried Rice

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