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Chilli Paneer Starter Recipe

Spicy and delicious Chilli Paneer starter recipe. Perfect for parties or as a side dish. Try it now and be the hit of the party!

Chilli Paneer is a popular Indian starter dish, made with soft and succulent Indian cottage cheese (paneer) cubes, sautéed with capsicum, onions, and a spicy tomato-based sauce.
This dish is a perfect blend of flavors and textures, with the softness of the paneer, the crunch of the capsicum, and the heat from the spices.
The dish can be served as a starter or as a side dish with rice or Indian flatbreads. It is popular in Indian restaurants but also can be prepared easily at home.
This dish is perfect for parties or gatherings, and is sure to be a hit with your guests.


Chilli Paneer Starter Recipe

Cooking method: Frying
Cuisine: India
Difficulty: beginner
Prep timeCook TimeRest TimeTotal Time
20 min 25 min - 45 min
Servings: 6 person
Calories: 289kcal
Best season: all

A Little History of Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer is believed to have originated in the Indian subcontinent, specifically in the northern regions of India. It is a popular dish in Indian Chinese cuisine, which is a fusion of Chinese and Indian flavors and cooking methods.
Chinese immigrants who moved to India in the 19th century brought with them their own style of cooking, which eventually melded with the local flavors and ingredients to create a new cuisine.

Chilli Paneer starter recipe
Spicy and delicious Chilli Paneer starter recipe. Perfect for parties or as a side dish.

The dish is said to have been first created in the Chinese restaurants in Kolkata, India, in the early 1900s. It became a popular street food in India in the 1970s and 1980s, and then started to be served in restaurants as well.
The dish is now popular all over India, and it’s also a staple in many countries with large Indian diaspora such as UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and many more.

Chilli Paneer is a delicious and versatile dish that can be made with different variations, with different types of sauces, vegetables, and spices.
Some variations include adding soy sauce, vinegar, or oyster sauce to give it a more Chinese flavor, or adding more heat with extra green chilies.



  1. In a pan, heat the oil

    over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, and let it crackle.

  2. Add the diced onion, ginger, garlic, and green chilies.
    Sauté until the onion is translucent.

  3. Add the diced bell peppers, sauté for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add the tomato puree, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and garam masala powder.
    Mix well and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Add the cubed paneer, water, salt and cilantro. Mix well and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

  6. Serve hot with rice or Indian flatbreads like naan or roti.

    Enjoy, Good Appetite!

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