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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chilli Paneer

I know, after so many bloggers posting chilli panner, we really don't need one more of thse. But what to do, this has become my favorite dish lately, to the extend that my husband thinks I have gone crazy ;-) Since I make it in a jiffy, I make it very often. It is so easy to make and so filling and I can eat it guilt free when it is my low carb high protein diet day. I love the spicy and tangy taste that comes with the green chillis, tomatoes etc. This is not entirely my recipe, I must have tried several recipes from several blogs/sites. This is what I have finally settled in and I don't think I need any more experimenting.


1.  One small red onion
2.  Half of red and green bell pepper/capsicum
3.  5-6 cloves of garlic
4.  7-8 green chillis (more or less according to your taste)
5.  1 inch piece of ginger
6.  Curry leaves
7. Green onion - 1 bunch
8.  2 tbsp of tomato paste (sometimes I make do with tomato ketchup)
9.  2-3 tbsp of maggi chilli garlic sauce
10. 2 tbsp of soy sauce
11. Sesame oil or Vegetable oil
12. 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
13.1 pack of fried paneer (I buy Nanak fried paneer)
14. Crushed red chilli flakes


Cut green chillies length wise into two pieces. Cut the onions into long pieces or more like small square. Cut the capsicum also into small pieces of square, just a little smaller than for tikka. Grate garlic and ginger or you can use ginger-garlic paster. I always grate them fresh. Chop cilantro. Chop green onions and keep the bottom and top seperately. That's all the chopping/grating. Now in a pan add oil and once it is hot add green chillies and curry leaves. Don't let the green chillies fry too much because we want them in whole form until the dish is complete. Then add red onions and the bottom portion of green onion, after frying it a little bit add ginger-garlic paste. Once the raw smell is gone, add capsicum. There is no need to cook capsicum all the way, because it will be good if it is crunchy. Now add the tomato paste, maggi sauce. Tomato paste gives the red color we are looking for. If you add tomatoes instead, there is a chance of the dish getting gravy. Add soy sauce and then some salt. Add the top portion of the chopped green onion. Since I use store bought frozen panner, I thaw it or put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute and then finally add it to dish. Mix well, but make sure you don't break the panner. Let it sit with the other ingredients on low flat for a few more minutes. Finally add fresh chopped cilantro.  If you feel it needs a bit more spice, add crushed red chilli flakes. Thats it....