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Chilli Paneer gravy
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5 from 3 votes

Chilli paneer Recipe

Chilli paneer is a great companion for hakka noodles or fried rice. Learn the easy recipe on how to make in air fryer oven or fried.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Keyword: chilli paneer, dry chilli paneer, indo chinese starter, indo-chinese, paneer chilli
Servings: 4
Author: Gaurav


  • wok
  • air fryer or oven


Paneer cubes

  • 400 gms cottage cheese cubes
  • 2-3 tablespoon corn flour/tapioca starch/arrowroot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon red chilly powder

Sauce mix

  • 2-3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot chilli sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet & sour sauce optional

vegetable mix

  • 2-2 tablespoon sesame oil or any vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sliced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sliced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon green chilly chopped
  • 1 Onion chopped or 1 cup
  • 1 Green capsicum chopped or 1 cup
  • ½ Red capsicum chopped or ½ cup
  • 3-4 Green onions chopped or ½ cup
  • Salt as per taste Adjust as per salt in Soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon pepper crushed


  • ½ teaspoon Sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped


Prep paneer pieces in Oven

  • Soak the cottage cheese cubes in water, if you are using a store brought paneer that is hard. This is an optional step.
  • Mix tapioca flour/corn flour with salt and red chilli powder
  • Roll the cottage cheese cubes into it. Line them up on a grill rack ,not directly on a baking tray. Brush them with oil 
  • Bake into oven at 160 deg C (fan forced) for 15-20 minutes

Prep paneer pieces in Air fryer

  • Make slurry of the tapioca,salt and red chilli powder by adding some water. Add that on top of paneer cubes, drain excess liquid.
  • Place the cottage cheese pieces in the air fryer basket. You may use the steamer sheets or baking sheets with holes. Spray/brush with oil.
  • Cook in air fryer at 190C for 12-15 minutes.

Steps for Paneer chilli gravy

  • Chop the veggies with ginger and garlic
  • Heat oil in a wok,add ginger,garlic and chillies. Add onion,cook on medium flame for few minutes.Add rest of veggies
  • Add the sauces with salt and perpper,let it cook for few minutes.If you prefer a thin gravy , then this is the time to add 2 teaspoon cornflour/tapioca starch mixed with 1 cup water and let it boil.
  • Add the cottage cheese cubes to the gravy. Toss them well.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.


The spice is as per your taste, hence please adjust the chilli sauce,soy sauce accordingly.


Serving: 4g