Chili Paneer Recipe

Chili Paneer Recipe
Chili Paneer Recipe

An absolute, must-try is this Chili Paneer recipe handed down from Nim’s (my marketing manager and right-hand woman) mother! If you are not familiar, Paneer is a fresh cheese made from full-fat buffalo or cow milk popular in the Indian subcontinent. It is a soft cheese made by curdling milk with a fruit or veggie acid such as lemon juice. This recipe consists of Paneer being tossed in a delicious sweet, spicy, and tangy sauce with peppers and onions. If you are looking to mix up your weekly meal rotation, I highly recommend trying out this incredible and easy Chili Paneer recipe. 

Ingredients – 

  • 2x 6-oz packages of paneer (we used Sach organic paneer from Whole Foods!) 
  • 2 bell peppers (you can use any color!) 
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced 
  • 1 onion 
  • 3 TBS crushed tomatoes 
  • 1 TBS ketchup 
  • 1 TBS coconut aminos or soy sauce (can add more to taste) 
  • 1/2-1 TBS sriracha (can add more to taste) 
  • 2 tsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp brown sugar 
  • Fresh cilantro 

Instructions – 

  1. Cut the paneer into 3/4 inch cubes and put aside. Then cut the bell pepper and onion into similar bite size pieces and put aside. 
  2. Heat 2-3 TBS olive oil on the stove over medium to low heat for 1 minute. Add minced garlic to the pan and swirl it around for 1 minute without letting it burn. 
  3. Next add your onions and peppers and cook them for about 3-4 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them because you still want them to have a little crunch! 
  4. Next add 1 TBS of soy sauce or coconut aminos and mix for another minute. You can always add more to taste! 
  5. Next add the crushed tomatoes, sriracha, ketchup, lemon juice, brown sugar fresh cilantro and mix for another minute. 
  6. Now fold in your paneer! Let this cook for 4-5 minutes, until your paneer is well coated with gravy. Be sure to fold gently so your paneer doesn’t fall apart! 
  7. Feel free to add a little more sriracha + coconut aminos here to taste depending on your spice preference! Top off with more cilantro and serve hot 🙂 
  8. Note: If you have a Thai green chili pepper or ginger on hand, this can also be added in step 5 for additional flavor + heat! 
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