Chilly Paneer Dry (Without Deep Frying)

Most of the chilly paneer (or paneer chilly) recipes I find online were deep-fried ones. I just tried out this version without deep frying and the taste was the same. I won’t feel guilty making this one again 🙂 

This one is a yummy spicy indo-chinese style starter/snack without the MSG and the extra oil. 


Paneer: 200g (You can use full-fat or low-fat as per your choice and convenience)
Green chillies: 3-4
Ginger: 1-inch piece
Garlic: 4-5 cloves
Spring onions (shallots): 2-3
Capsicum/Green Pepper: 1
Cornflour: 1 tablespoon
Soya sauce: 1 tablespoon
Vinegar: 1 teaspoon
Tomato ketchup/sauce: 1 tablespoon
Black pepper powder: a pinch
Salt to taste 

The green chillies may be varied as per the heat level you can take 🙂


  1. Cut the paneer into 1 inch square cubes.
  2. Chop the green chillies, ginger, and garlic and rougly crush them – you may also pulse it in a small food processor.
  3. Chop the spring onions fine. Keep the white and greens separate.
  4. Slice the capsicum into 1 inch juliennes.
  5. In a wide, non-stick vessel, stir-fry the paneer in one tablespoon of cooking oil till they are a nice brown color.
  6. Immerse in warm water for a few minutes to retain the softness and then remove the paneer.
  7. In the remaining oil, fry the green chillies, ginger, and garlic mixture till they begin to brown.
  8. Add the spring onions white and sauté for a minute.
  9. Now, the capsicum can be added.
  10. Cover and cook till the capsicum is done, but has a bite to it.
  11. In the meanwhile, mix the soya sauce and vinegar in a small bowl. Dissolve the corn flour in this sauce mixture – ensure no lumps.
  12. Add the tomato ketchup/sauce, salt, and black pepper powder to this corn flour solution and mix well. The key to making paneer chilly dry is not adding water at all.
  13. When the capsicum is done, add the cornflour and sauce solution to it. Mix well.
  14. Add the paneer pieces to this solution and gently fold in. This will help coat the paneer pieces and give it flavor. But stir gently to avoid breaking the paneer pieces.
  15. Allow to cook till the corn flour is cooked and all paneer chilly is dry. Don’t cover the pan at this stage so that the mixture dries up well.
  16. When almost done, add the spring onion greens and mix in. Turn off the heat.
  17. Chilly paneer dry is ready … enjoy!
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71 Responses to “Chilly Paneer Dry (Without Deep Frying)”

  1. good one……….

    From Skribles: Thanks.

  2. It was really delicious.Ireally enjoied that dish.
    Thankyou for your recipe.

    From skribles: Thanks Kanika – good to know you liked it 🙂

  3. Its mindblowing. I’ve been trying many recipes. but its excellent 5 stars for it.

    From skribles: Thanks Preeti 🙂 … Its motivating to have such encouraging comments!

  4. what a amazing recipe without deep frying the paneer,i was looking something like this with less husband simply
    loved it he said full marks to you today for this.i am happy
    for that but all credit goes to you….thanks

    From skribles: Thanks Roop

  5. My boyfriend loves chilly paneer. Would try it out someday for him.. Nice recepie..

    From skribles: Thanks Geetika.

  6. thank you i am trying chicken chilly with the same hope everything goes well.

    From skribles: Thanks Abbas.

  7. thanx for ur easiest method of making chilli paneer. my grand ma likes it a lot even i enjoyed my dish. i was confused but u sort me out .

  8. It was delicious

  9. I am going to try this now… will let you know how it goes.

  10. Hi, The recipe is amazing ….thanks for sharing. I was in the same position as you and never wanted to make fried panner chili. Now I can make it your way.

  11. Hey! Finally, found a recipe which doesn’t involve in deep frying the paneer. Could you also upload more recipes in which one can avoid frying?

  12. Hey thank you sooo much…it was really a very tasty and healthy receipe..

  13. Be careful when you add the sauce to the capscicum. In my case the sauce instantly burnt off. So I think just before adding the sauce and the paneer make sure you lower the heat.

  14. waw….too yummy.thanks for ur hubby loved it alot.

  15. Its really very tasty dish.. this is our patent dish whenever is restaurant.. from RAMBHAROSE MESS MUMbai

  16. very tasty dish with low fat and delicious too

  17. nice dich!this is my childrens favourite dish whenever we restaurant. from maya mumbai

  18. thanks ! my husband like it lots

  19. thanks! my children and my husband like its lot.its a fantastic recipe

  20. ahha nice and tastey n ofciurse mouth watering too


  22. nice n thanx now today i will try to make it.

  23. Can I make this recipe without hvng onion garlic? would it be tasty?

  24. thanx yaar u solved my probl my kid likes it very much no more i hv to take him to hotel

  25. hey nice one yaar …………Thanx [:)]

  26. Thank you for the recipe, it was a instant hit among the family…

  27. Its delicious…..I am cooking this now for my daughter’s B’day party…
    Thanks for sharing this…its wonderful 🙂

  28. will try

  29. how do we print this recipe

  30. It’s cooks like you who actually make eating a real pleasure. I don’t think I could give you a better compliment for your chilly paneer than this!!!

  31. made it, everyone enjoyed, thanks a lot. 🙂

  32. hey thanx 4 the recipe, enjoyed the dish

  33. It was my moom’s birhday when i cooked chilli paneer dry for first time ,with some mistakes but everyone liked this dish and mee too

    thank for this recipe

  34. today i made it and its delicious. Thanxs for sharing.

  35. Thanks for sharing easy recipe, same time it avoids deep frying and looks yummy… will try this recipe soon…

  36. hmmmm….it was ossum…me and my family enjoyed it…this dish was mouthwatering…

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  39. it was really good..thankyou so much..

  40. Hey thank to give me this aaaaaaaaaaaaasaaassssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  41. heeeeeeeeeee thankh for the recipes

  42. amazing paneer chilly…… i made this 4 my bro n he likes vry much……….. thnx……….. 5 star 4 this recipe………..

    From skribles: Thanks Bhawna 🙂

  43. so good recipe

  44. Thanx 4 a non fryin recipe that requires none of the nasty msg – aji no moto. I wanted a chilli paneer recipe to go with some noodles. My 21 month old daughter absolutely enjoyed it.

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  47. awesum…tried it 4 d 1st tym….simple n tasty!!!!

  48. wow so yummy reciepe thnq…………………… 🙂

  49. seems to be good, would like to try……….

  50. wt a recepie

  51. you have great ideas

  52. looks great let me try tonight

  53. i just loved this we can make many more dishes.thanksssssssssssss……………………………………………………………………..

  54. Fantastic! everyone just loved it, thanks for a mouth watering recipe!

  55. very nice recipe

  56. nice..!!!

  57. very tasty.

  58. yummmie…. it was sooooooooooo goooooooooddd 🙂 thank u cho mch.!!

  59. very nice receipy i’ll defenetly try , my hubby loves paneer chilly and me too, and try new receipy and give us like this.

  60. Nice1 ya. Plz put sum mre yummiee recipes includin low fats. Tasty n healthy types.

  61. nice idea… now itself m gnna make it… assure will be delicious… will also apply this method in my hotels

  62. I tried . It’s delicious

  63. Tried this last evening , and was a big hit. Everybody including me loved it.. Now I am passing on the reciepe to my friends as well.. I love ur way of writing the content Archana.. I am a big fan of urs keep writing and sharing recipes

  64. What do you mean by 1 inch piece of garlic? If 1 inch long, what should be the diameter approximately? Thanks

  65. Recipe is good and it is the better way to avoid oily stuff. thanks

  66. very good and healthy effort….keep it up

  67. i dont have conrflour…any alternative?

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  69. Nice Blog..Thank you for sharing…

  70. Chinese Starters square measure continuously a success among youngsters and adults in any party. i like something in Chinese from the Starters to the most course if ready within the right method. whereas my most most popular Chinese starters would be Babycorn Manchurian and Gobi Desert Manchurian, however chile Paneer could be a nice appetiser to function sustenance in parties compared to the opposite.

  71. Sounds very simple. Will try….. and let you know.

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