Paneer Chili Fry

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 400 grams Desi Natural Paneer
  • 1-2 green chillies + for garnish
  • 2 medium (180 grams) onions
  • 1 medium (110 grams) green bell pepper (capsicum)
  • 2½ tbsps cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp wheat flour (maida
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsps green chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1½ tbsps freshly crushed garlic
  • 2 tsps dark soy sauce
  • 1½ tbsps tomato ketchup
  • ½ tsp vinegar 


  1. Halve the onion and cut it horizontally into medium thick slices. Cut the green bell pepper into medium thick strips.
  2. Diagonally cut the green chillies into thin slices and cut the Desi Natural Paneer into 2 inch strips of medium thickness.
  3. To make the batter, take 1½ tbsps cornstarch in a wide shallow bowl. Add wheat flour (maida), salt to taste, 1 tsp green chilli sauce, 1 tsp soy sauce and ¼ cup water and whisk into a smooth batter.
  4. Heat oil in a shallow non-stick pan.
  5. Dip each paneer strip in the batter so that they are evenly coated with the batter.
  6. Once the oil is heated and small bubbles appear on the bottom of the pan, gently slide in the paneer strips and shallow-fry, turning sides, till golden brown on both sides. Gently drain them on an absorbent paper. Take the pan off the heat.
  7. To make a slurry, take the remaining cornstarch in a small bowl, add 2 tbsps water and mix till smooth.
  8. Put 2 tbsps of the oil remaining after shallow-frying the paneer strips, into another non-stick pan and heat.
  9. Once small bubbles appear at the bottom of the pan, add crushed garlic, mix and sauté for 2 minutes or till the raw smell of garlic disappears. Add sliced onions and sauté for 2 minutes.
  10. Add the dark soy sauce, remaining green chilli sauce, tomato ketchup and sliced green chillies, mix and sauté for 1 minute. Add sliced green bell pepper and toss well and sauté for 1 minute.
  11. Add the fried paneer strips and cornstarch slurry, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add vinegar, toss and take the pan off the heat. 
  12. Transfer the paneer chilli fry into a serving bowl, garnish with green chilli slices and serve hot.