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chili paneer over Basmati rice in a bowl

Chili Paneer with Sweet and Sour Garlic Sauce

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Chili Paneer is an Indo-Chinese classic dish of fried paneer stir-fried with chopped bell peppers and scallions then coated in a sweet and sour sauce.. #vegetarian #cheese #Indian #Chinese #stirfry


  • a medium  to large chunk of paneer
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 bell pepper (whichever color you prefer)
  • 56 stalks of scallions
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 12 Thai birds eye chile (finely chopped)
  • oil for frying


  1. Mix together flour, cornstarch, sea salt, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder in a medium-sized mixing bowl.  Add 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water and mix to form a batter.
  2. Cut paneer into 1 cm / 0.5 in cubes.  Add to batter and carefully fold in so that everything is evenly coated in batter.
  3. Add a generous amount of frying oil to pan and heat over a high flame.  When the oil is hot, carefully add batter covered paneer to oil one by one.  Fry on both sides until crispy and golden.  Remove with a slotted spoon from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the oil.  Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together ketchup, chili sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, minced garlic, water and chopped chilis (optional).
  5. Chop bell pepper the same size as the paneer cubes (1 cm/ 0.5 in).  Wash and trim the edges of the scallion stalks.  Cut into pieces no longer than 2 cm/ 1 inch long.
  6. In a large wok, heat 1-2 tbsp of frying oil over high heat.  Add chopped bell pepper and chopped scallion pieces.  Fry together for a minute or so (you want the vegetables cooked but still crisp so try not to cook them into mush).  Add fried paneer pieces and stir fry together for a minute until paneer has picked up the heat of the wok.
  7. Add sauce mixture and toss to combine making sure everything is evenly coated.  Cook for a minute or so then turn off the heat and serve.


You can use store bought paneer for this recipe but I always find that homemade is best.  Prepackaged paneer can be a bit tasteless and rubbery, so if you really want that cheesy kind of taste, try making your own at home.  It’s quite easy to make-just heat milk to a low boil then add an acidic agent like lemon juice, vinegar or yogurt.  Strain though cheese cloth then press together and VOILA-homemade paneer.  Go here for details on how to make it at home.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: paneer, vegetarian, cheese, chili, sweet and sour, vegetables, bell pepper, scallions

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