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Chilli Paneer - Hot and Sour Stir Fried Cottage Cheese

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This delicious dish is an Indian adaptation of a Chinese recipe! It makes for a terrific snack! Here's the recipe...

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms paneer/ cottage cheese, cut into 2" cubes (see below for Paneer recipe)
  • 3 tbsps vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil
  • 2 large onions sliced thinly
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic chopped very fine
  • 1 medium bunch spring onion chopped coarsely (approximately 1/4 lb or 125 gms)
  • 3 tbsps tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp green/ red chilli sauce
  • 2 tsps soy sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 large or 2 medium sized green bell peppers/ capsicum pith seeds removed (discard) and cut into 2" square pieces
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Heat the oil in a wok or deep pan on a medium to high heat. Add the onion, garlic and spring onion (keep a little - 2 tbsps - aside for garnish later). Fry till soft.
  • Add all the sauces, vinegar and the chicken stock cube and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Now add the paneer and green bell peppers. Mix well and check for salt. Season if required. Cook for 1 more minute. This dish should have almost no gravy - just a coating sauce. If it is too dry, add 1/4 cup of water and mix well.
  • Turn off the heat and spoon the Chilli Paneer onto a serving platter. Garnish with some chopped spring onion and serve with toothpicks so everyone can help themselves.
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