Savoury chilli paneer (recipe)

Chilli paneer is one of the most favourite dishes in Indian cuisine. If you are not in India you can replace paneer with Circassian cheese (Adyghean cheese).


  • paneer (or Circassian cheese) – 250 g ;
  • 1 big onion;
  • garlic – 5 cloves;
  • grated ginger – 1 tablespoon;
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes;
  • 1 big  green bell pepper;
  • tomato sauce (ketchup) – 3 tablespoons;
  • sabji masala (vegetable spice) – 1 heaped teaspoon;
  • vegetable oil – 2 tablespoons;
  • crashed black pepper or black pepper powder;
  • salt – according to your taste.

Preparation steps

1. Preparing paneer

  1. Cut paneer in medium sized cubes.
  2. Heat oil in the pan.
  3. Fry paneer till it turns golden. You can add little salt.
  4. Put aside in a plate.

Frying paneer for chilli paneer

2. Preparing the rest of the ingredients

  1. Cut onion in big slices.
  2. Cut bell pepper in big pieces.
  3. Cut garlic in small pieces.
  4. Peel and mash tomatoes.

Ingredients for chilli paneer

3. Frying

Frying ingredients for chilli paneer

  1. Heat little oil in a deepfrying pan.
  2. Add onions, ginger, garlic, bell pepper and fry everthing for about 10 minutes, mixing continously.
  3. Add mashed tomatoes, tomato sauce, masala (spice), crashed black pepper, salt according to your taste and mix all again.
  4. Add 1/4 glass of water.
  5. Keep everything on high flame for another 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add paneer. Mix well and fry on medium flame for the next 5 minutes.

4. Serving

Serving chilli paneer

You can serve chilli paneer as a standalone meal, or accompanied by rice or roti (chapatti).

Another variation of chilli paneer is chilli potatoes. Check out the recipe here.

Enjoy your meal and share the photos of your result in the comments below.