Chilli Paneer with Peppers – Indo Chinese food is very popular and this is probably my favourite dish of the lot because I love Paneer and I love Chilli.
Gosh! It has been a while. I always feel like I have been away for decades when I have taken a week or so off. I have a kind of weird thing going on at the moment. The February blues? Whatever it is, it has really had me bogged down for the last couple of weeks. I guess everyone has ups and downs and this is just a down time. Also I have been absolutely overwhelmed with other work so that has meant a lot of work has been about running around between places. Something I am not used to anymore. It could be the weather too. I have a cold temperament (Unani Tibb) and as such this weather affects me and others with cold temperaments more because it enhances any negatives associated with that innate coldness. I’m making myself sound like i’m frozen..which I am.
So basically back to this meal. I have a bit of an issue with indo chinese food because I KNOW it can be done really really badly and most of the time in my experience, it is. For the last few years we barely ate out and I heard loads of hype about certain places. Recently I have been out a few times either as part of a bloggers meal or with my husband. I have been so disappointed in the food 9 times out of 10. One of the places I went to offered indo chinese food and it was just awful. Basically it was over fried food covered in way too much of one or two sauces. This was one of the most overly hyped places ever. Before we went, I went on the pages of food bloggers who specialise in reviewing places to eat, to make sure I was making a good choice so I was expecting a decent meal. I then tried another place that was super hyped up and again left bitterly disappointed. I can’t believe that restaurants and take aways are getting away with selling the food that they are but more then that I cannot believe that people are saying these places are so great. Am I missing something? Let me know!
Chilli Paneer with Peppers
Chilli Paneer with Peppers - Indo Chinese food is very popular and this is probably my favourite dish of the lot because I love Paneer and I love Chilli.
- 200 grams Paneer Cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 tbsp Oil
- Squeeze Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Rice Flour
- 2 tbsp Corn Flour
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Oil
- 2 small cloves Garlic crushed
- 1/2 inch Ginger crushed
- 1 small Green or Yellow Pepper Cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 Green Chilli Pierced
- 1 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
- 1 tbsp Chilli Sauce
- 1 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Brown Sugar
- Salt to taste
- 1 Spring Onion Chopped finely
Add all the ingredients (except for the lemon juice) for the batter in a small bowl.
Dip the paneer into the batter and set aside.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large flat frying pan.
Add the paneer and quickly cover. Fry for 20-30 seconds and then turn and cover again and fry for 20 - 30 seconds.
Drop the paneer into a bowl of water and add a squeeze of lemon juice to the water.
Heat the oil in a pan over medium/high heat, stir in the garlic and ginger and cook for about 1 minute.
Add the pepper and chilli and cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in the sauces, brown sugar and salt. Turn the heat right down and cook for about 3- 5 minutes or until thickened.
Add the paneer to the sauce and cook for 2 minutes. Garnish with spring onions and serve.
You may need to add some cornflour (1 tsp) mixed in 1 tbsp water to the sauce if it isn't thickening.