Thursday, July 24, 2008

Chilli Paneer

With my sister's family visiting us the past weekend, last few days were busy, but fun! It was great to take off from work and relax for a couple of days by rambling outside, eating in restaurants and enjoying with her 9 month old adorable baby. But the most difficult question of the day is always "What do you want to have for dinner?". I really love to have home-made food atleast once a day even though we're outside most of the time. Simple food is what we all wanted, but just coming up with what to cook is always hard. Sometimes we start talking about it right after we have coffee in the morning, and the discussion continues throughout the day. Its like that tricky topic that no one wants to decide :) Then I came to know that my sister's mother-in-law (who had also visited us this time), makes this awesome paneer recipe that becomes anyone's favorite right at the first time. I knew right away that I wanted to learn the recipe for sure because I really enjoy all kinds of indo-chinese food and then again I do love anything made with paneer too. So this is a 2-in-1 jackpot for me!

I've slowly started realizing the fact that fusion food does work indeed, even though you have a feeling of losing the authenticity. Its all about the demand and the liking of food by people. This recipe is no exception. In this recipe, paneer sounded like a substitute for tofu and the term indo-chinese made literal sense to me. I've tasted this recipe back in India, but never tried it on my own. Its really fabulous to have a chance to help and watch the step-by-step preparation for any new dish, instead of reading and trying to follow the instructions from a book. The dish came out so flavorful and spicy and we all enjoyed it thoroughly. Aunty, if you are reading this.. thanks!

Paneer is a classic ingredient that many of us are familiar with and enjoy eating! When I heard about Vandana's Paneer event, I was all geared up to make quite a few of my favorite paneer dishes for the event. Well, apparently I hadn't kept up to my plans until yesterday and don't know if I would be making any more paneer dishes in the next week too. Somehow I managed to atleast watch and learn this awesome paneer dish yesterday. So, here goes my entry for the event.

  • Paneer cubes - 25
  • Capsicum - 1 medium
  • Onions - 1 medium
  • G.chilly - 2
  • Ginger - 2 inches
  • Garlic - 6 pods
  • Chopped Spring Onions - 1 cup
  • Corriander leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Chilli Sauce, Tomato Ketchup, Soy Sauce - 1 tbsp each
  • Corn Flour - 1 tbsp
  • Red Chilli flakes - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar - 2 tsp
  • Shallow fry the paneer cubes on all sides in 2 tsp oil and place it on a paper towel. (You can also use the store bought fried cubed paneer).
  • Chop the capsicum into 1 inch long strips and set aside.
  • Chop the onions, ginger, garlic very finely. Set aside.
  • Chop the g.chillies in round shapes and set aside.
  • Save 2 tsps of onions, capsicums and spring onions for later use.
  • In a large wide wok, heat oil and first add the chopped ginger and garlic and fry for a min.
  • Next add the onions and fry for a few mins. Then add capsicums and fry for a few more mins.
  • Add the chopped green onions and fry for a few mins.
  • Now add the corn flour, all the sauces one by one, along with vinegar and chilli flakes and fry well.
  • Finally add the paneer and mix well. Fry for a few more mins.
  • Garnish with the remaining onions, spring onions, capsicums and corriander leaves.
Serve hot with Fried rice or Noodles


Cham said...

Wow, that looks super delicious, so u enjoyed her cooking! Great recipe

Priti said...

Umm looks delicious... very nice recipe

notyet100 said...

looks so spicy nd yummy,,,

Illatharasi said...

Looks delicious:)

rekhas kitchen said...

great but Ihave to eat alone no body will eat paneer at home no prob I will try it for my self

Jeena said...

Lovely spicy paneer it loks so tasty!

kamala said...

The pic itself tells the dish is delicious ...Sujatha

easycrafts said...

Mouth watering...hope u had a nice time with the dish

delhibelle said...

Thanks for learning and sharing this:)

Laavanya said...

That looks sooo good Sujatha, thanks for sharing your sister's MIL's recipe with us.

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

thanks a lot for sharing the recipe, Sujatha! i love all things paneer, too! it looks delicious, as always!

looove ur pics..

Trupti said...

chili paneer looks very delicious Suajata..thanks for visiting my blog.

srikars kitchen said...

Thxs for dropping comments at my blog dear... chilli paneer looks yummy and delicious... mouth waterings

Usha said...

Looks delicious :)

Lavi said...

hope you enjoyed your break with your sister...chilli paneer looks so inviting..

Suma Rajesh said...

looks delicious sujatha...always luved chinese version..

Vanamala said...

spicy and yummy recipe

Maheswari said...

I love any kind of paneer dish.This one is with my fav combo..chilli and paneer.Will try this soon.Thanks for sharing. I see that you are also from chicago area..good to know..

Rachel said...

I love paneer...and in any form :)
and that is a delcious recipe..

Rashmi said...

hi.. have something waiting for u in my blog do visit me... said...

nice recipes, great link to Indian ladies blogger group. thanks for sharing.

Pallavi said...

Hi Sujatha, Just came here straight from your comment on my blog. I just read your profile info and the blog description you have .. and its almost like I am reading about my likes and my style of cooking too... :) like not measuring accurately.. and using fresh homemade masala.. Well, you get the point probably..I am glad I have visited here.. I will be coming more often :) - Pallavi@All Thingz Yummy

Sujatha said...

Thanks dear friends for all your great words.. :)

Hi Pallavi, Welcome to my blog and for your sweet comments! Glad to know that we have similar likings to food and taste :) I too will be visiting your blog regularly from now on :)

paresh said...

great delicious dishes. thanks for sharing.

Purva Desai said...

Hey Sujatha,

Thanks for dropping by.....
Ur Khazana is yummy as well..
Chilli paneer looks really drooling

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

check out my blog for a lil luck, Sujatha!