Benefit Series – Paneer – Chilli Paneer (Dry)

Milk and milk products are very important part of our diet. Paneer is a fresh cheese, also known as chenna is made curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar, or any other food acids. Moist and soft crumbly in texture, it is used to make delicacies such as Sandesh, Mutter paneer and Rasgulla. It is a rich source of milk protein. Paneer is the rich source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamins, minerals and protein which are required by the body in high proportions for healthy growth and development.

Since paneer is a high protein food having high level of calcium and phosphorus it helps in building strong bones and teeth.

Paneer is high protein diet having monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat which helps in lowering and managing the body weight.

My mom used to say paneer is essential in kid’s diet. It provides better nourishment to the growing age children. It boosts the immune system and thus prevents the risk of various diseases in children like cough, cold, bronchial asthma and etc. Its availability of good level of vitamins, minerals, calcium and phosphorus provides better and healthy nutrients for growth of bones and brain.

Its high value of B group vitamins, high protein level, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants helps hair and skin gets healthy, glowing and rejuvenate.

Here’s a simple recipe,

Chilli Paneer (Dry)

Chilli Paneer is an Indo Chinese recipe. This recipe is frequently made in my kitchen. Paneer is deep fried in a batter of maida and corn flour. Here, I have shallow fried paneer dusted with corn flour. As the name suggests it also contains capsicum as another main ingredient.

This recipe is so easy to make and it’s not time consuming. If you have sauces ready you are done.


Let’s see how:


  • Paneer – 200 gms (cubed)
  • Capsicum – 2 nos (cut into pieces)
  • Onion – 1 nos ( cubed)
  • Green chillies – 2 nos. (cut into long and thin slits)
  • Garlic – 4 flakes (roughly crushed)
  • Spring Onion green – 2 tsp (chopped)
  • Soya Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Chilli Sauce – 1 tsp
  • Tomato Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Corn flour – 4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste


  1. Dust the paneer cubes with corn flour. Shallow fry the paneer cubes for two minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic and green chillies. Saute for a while and add cubed onions. Saute till little brown in color.
  3. Add capsicum pieces and sauté on high flame for approx two minutes. Capsicum pieces should be tender and not soft.
  4. Reduce the flame and add all the sauces and salt. Add black pepper.
  5. Add fried paneer cubes. Saute till the mixture blends uniformly.
  6. Close the flame. Drizzle lemon juice and garnish with spring onion green.
  7. Serve hot!!


Chilli Paneer can be served as starter or as evening snack.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Fried Rice is an Indo Chinese recipe. Whenever we visit a restaurant for Chinese, fried rice will be definitely in the order. It goes well with any kind of gravy Manchurian, be it veg or non veg. Fried Rice is nutritious dish as it is mixture of rice and vegetables.

Fried Rice Final 2

Here we go with the recipe,


  •  Rice (Basmati preferred) –  1 cup
  • Spring Onion (White) – ¼ cup
  • Spring Onion (Green) – ¼ cup
  • Green Capsicum – 1 small (cut into slits)
  • Green peas   – 1/3 cup
  • Carrot – 2 small (cut into small pieces)
  • Cabbage – ¼ cup
  • Garlic – 4 cloves (minced)
  • Ginger – 1tsp (minced)
  • Green Chilli – 2 small (chopped)
  • Soya Sauce – 3 tsp
  • Chilli Sauce – 2tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black Pepper – ¼ tsp
  • Vinegar – 1 tsp

Fried Rice Final 1



  1. Soak the rice in water for approx half hour. Cook the rice in four cups of water till the grains are just cooked. Strain through a colander and allow it to cool.
  2. Heat oil in a wok. Add spring onion white, ginger and garlic paste.
  3. Saute till golden brown and add all the vegetables except spring onion green. Continue stirring till the vegetables are cooked. Add salt and black pepper.
  4. Now add cooked rice. Mix them well.
  5. Add soya sauce, chilli sauce and vinegar. Saute and mix them. Stir the rice light handedly otherwise it will become mushy.
  6. Garnish with spring onion greens.

Serve hot with Vegetable Manchurian. Click Veg Manchurian to see the recipe.

Hope you liked it!!

Enjoy Cooking!!!!


Vegetable Manchurian (Gravy)

There are two versions of this Chinese dish , gravy and dry. Vegetable Manchurian (gravy) is a great side dish which goes well with Chinese main course, be it rice or noodles.  I love Vegetable Manchurian with Fried Rice.

Manchurian Final 1

Here we goes the recipe,


For Manchurian Balls:

  • Mix Vegetables (Cabbage, Carrot, Beans, capsicum) – 2 cups (Boiled and squeezed)
  • Green Chilli – 2 chopped
  • Ginger – 1 tsp (chopped)
  • Spring Onion (white) – 2 tsp (chopped)
  • Spring Onion (Green) – 2 tsp (Chopped)
  • CornFlour – 4 tsp
  • Soya Sauce – 1 tsp
  • Chilli Sauce – 1 tsp
  • Salt – To Taste

For Gravy:

  • Garlic – ¼ cup (cut into fine pieces)
  • Green Chilli – 2 chopped
  • Ginger – 2 tsp (chopped)
  • Spring Onion (white) – ½  (chopped)
  • Spring Onion (Green) – ¼  tsp (Chopped)
  • Vegetable Stock – 1 cup
  • Soya Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Chilli Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Salt – To Taste
  • Pepper Powder  – ½ tsp
  • Corn flour – 3 tsp mixed in ½ cup water

Manchurian 21


  1. Take a bowl, add all the ingredients under Manchurian balls. Mash them thoroughly and make lemon sized balls. I made 11 balls.
  2. Heat oil in a wok. Deep fry the balls until golden brown in color.
  3. Now, for gravy, Heat oil in a pan and add garlic. Saute till light brown and add ginger and green chilli.
  4. Add onion white. Sauté till transparent. Add soya sauce, chilli sauce, pepper powder, salt and sauté for few seconds.
  5. Add vegetable stock and bring it to a boil. Add diluted corn flour slowly stirring continuously on low flame. Bring it to boil. The gravy will thicken.
  6. Once it thickens the gravy is ready. Add Manchurian balls just before serving and garnish with spring onion green.

Serve hot with fried rice or noodles!!

Hope you liked it!!

Enjoy Cooking!!!!

Nancy 🙂