One of my fav Indo-Chinese dishes is melt in the mouth soft Chili Paneer!
Bite size pieces of paneer swimming in a glossy brown sauce with julienned ginger and sliced green chillies….Mmmmm need I say more!
Best part is that it is so quick n easy….it takes just 20 minutes to put it together from start to finish!
Cut 1 pound Paneer (I prefer to use fresh homemade paneer) into 1 inch pieces.
Toss the paneer in 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp vinegar, salt and red chilli powder to taste and 2 tbsp cornstarch, 1 tsp green chilli sauce and a pinch of baking soda (optional).
Marinate paneer for 15 minutes.
Sear on a hot pan, a couple of minutes on each side. Add to warm brown sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Garnish with chopped scallions…ready.
Serve with steamed white/brown rice or fried rice.
For the brown sauce…
Heat oil, add 1 tsp chopped garlic followed by 1 inch thinly sliced ginger and 1 small diced onion. Cook for 2 minutes. Now add 1 small diced capsicum (you can addred/yellow bell peppers too if you like) along with 4-5 sliced green chillies. Cook for 2 minutes.
Now add about 3/4 cup water and bring it to a slow simmer.
Add the cornflour solution (made with a mix of 1/4 cup water, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp soy sauce and 2 tsp vinegar) salt to taste and about 1/2 a tsp of sugar.
Simmer for 2 minutes til glossy.