Chilli Panner (Cheese) Recipe

4 Mar

Being from India it may sound strange when I say, I have never cooked with paneer till recently. But if you are from Goa and grew up Catholic than there is nothing strange about my statement. I have eaten paneer at my friend’s place and in restaurants but since Goan food culture is so different I have never felt the need to cook with it till now. Paneer is very close to a pressed down and shaped ricotta cheese. You can make it at home if you have the patience. Which is on my list to try sometimes soon. Paneer is used in many Indian vegetarian foods like palak paneer, paneer tikka masala, butter paneer, paneer pakora, paneer burji and paneer parathas.


Since it is Lent season for a lot of Catholics around the world as an adult we try to make some sacrifice for the 40 days during lent in remembrance of Jesus’s 40 days of fasting. In our household it is giving up eating meats. I have fallen off the wagon a couple of times already this season, my husband has a stronger self-control than me. I had this recipe at a good friend’s place Kimmy for the first time about 2 years ago and since then she has made it a couple of times more. As my kids enjoyed it a lot I decided to make it. It is a very quick and easy recipe that is lightly sweet and sour. It can be enjoyed as a side dish to eat with rice or bread.


Serving Size: 4-6


1 block of paneer cut in length

3 multicolored bell-pepper cut in length

1 medium onion cut in length

1″ ginger diced finely

6-8 cloves garlic diced finely

3 tbsp of ketchup

2 tsp of chilli paste or sriracha sauce

1 tbsp of vinegar

2 tbsp of soy sauce

1/8th tsp of sugar

salt to taste


In a pan add some little oil and lightly brown the paneer on each side for about 1-2 minutes. Keep aside.

Now add the onions and bell-pepper and saute till they softened. Next add the ginger garlic and saute quickly.

To this add the ketchup, sriracha, vinegar, sugar, soy and salt to taste.

Let simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.

Next add the paneer and mix throughly.

Garnish with sliced fresh spring onions (scallion).



77 Responses to “Chilli Panner (Cheese) Recipe”

  1. fromthefamilytable March 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    Thanks for your great recipe and for informing me that you can BUY paneer. I always thought you had to make your own.

    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:04 am #

      Yes Darryl you can find it in Indian stores.

  2. Lina March 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    Good one !

  3. Mr. Militant Negro March 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  4. Camera with An Appetite March 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    I thought Panner is an Indian thing. This is so creative!

    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:08 am #

      Thank You so much. It is very much a Indian thing. But is not used in traditional Goan foods.

  5. woodboneandstone March 4, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    I love paneer and make it occasionally. It’s a great way to use up milk that is nearing its expiration date.

    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      You are right, it is a great way to use the milk.

  6. cynthiamvoss March 4, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    Very interesting recipe!

    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      Thank You Cynthia 🙂

  7. Hans Susser March 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    Beautiful 🙂

  8. Love Served Daily March 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    That looks absolutely delicious

    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      Thank You Ritu so much 🙂

  9. Harry...the Man! March 5, 2016 at 12:04 am #

    My Mum also gives up meat for Lent. She’s a Pentecostalist.

    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      Harry, reading your comment I now realized that I made a big boo boo …missed out a couple of sect like the Jacobites and Orthodox as well.

  10. lynne hoareau March 5, 2016 at 3:42 am #

    This does sound like something I would love to try…and it is simple to do 🙂
    Hope all is well on your side Nandini and that your hubby is fully recovered. x

    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:24 am #

      Thank You Lynne so much. My husband is doing much better and things are back to normal. Thank You so much for your prayers and concern.

  11. Loretta March 5, 2016 at 4:34 am #

    Lovely to see you back and blogging more frequently Nandini. I too had never cooked with paneer before, and now I absolutely love it. Your version adding those nice peppers certainly gives it a nice bright look. I am finding that my husband and myself are sticking with more vegetarian/fish choices these days. I’ve never cooked Indo-Chinese before either, it wasn’t that popular with the Goans in E. Africa. But I see it is very popular in India. Great recipe Nandini, have a great weekend.

    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:32 am #

      Thank You Loretta so much. Yeah, Indo-Chinese was very popular. We too have toned down on our meats. I feel it is a much healthier option. You too have a lovely weekend 🙂

  12. Lynz Real Cooking March 5, 2016 at 6:10 am #


  13. swapnakarthik March 5, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    Looks so tasty and yummy..

    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:34 am #

      Thank You so much Swapna 🙂

  14. STAN THE MAN March 5, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Nandini!

    I trust You must be feeling SUPERB by now. I hope Your hubby and You have made a full recovery. Now CHILLI PANNER I think is a bit BIZARRE for GOANS.I guess it is more INDIAN THAN GOAN, as You have rightly HIGHLIGHTED in Your introduction of panner. I see it alot in INDIAN,PAKISTANI AND BANGLADESHI RESTAURANTS in the UNITED KINGDOM.My spouse LOVES IT TO BITS, It is readily available in British supermarkets. To be frank with You, panner has NEVER BEEN MY CUP OF TEA. No OFFENCE TO YOUR PRODUCT BY ANY LENGTH OF IMAGINATION. That said YOUR PRODUCT EXHIBITS QUALITY. I think I must give it a go.Your PRESENTATION of panner has kind of half convinced Me that I am missing out on something YUMMYLICIOUS. There You go I am on My way to trying something TOOTHSOME AND AWESOME, if You like. Probably the MISSUS will prepare it indoors,now that We have got Our hands on this PHENOMENAL recipe.Will keep You posted about it, as and when it happens.BLIMEY! What a start to anybody’s weekend. What more could We wish for?

    Have a marvellous weekend!


    Stan & Linda


    • Nandini March 5, 2016 at 10:41 am #

      Thank You so much Mr Stan. I always get a nice chuckle from your comments with your expressive vocabulary. My dad would have said the same ” What paneer…? ” so I totally understand. Hopefully you do give it a try some day. Wishing you and Mrs Stan a lovely blessed weekend.

      • STAN DE MAN March 8, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

        Hi Nandini!

        Cheers! For the kIND COMPLIMENT. I am really ABSOLUTELY FLATTERED.

        Hope You and Hubby are well and BACK ON TRACK.

        With My prayers and kindest best wishes

        Stanley Vincent Rodrigues

        • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

          Thank You Mr Stan. We surely are doing much much better. All the prayers and well wishes did help us. Regards to you and Mrs Stan.

  15. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso March 5, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Such a great idea! Love all the ingredients and flavors you’ve added to the cheese. 🙂

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      Thank You Ronit so much. It does 🙂

  16. White House Red Door March 5, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    This looks delicious! I love paneer, but have never made it. We’re Catholic too, but only follow the “no meat on Fridays” rule during Lent. Will definitely be making this soon!

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

      That is awesome. It is a mild flavored food. We used to follow the no meat on friday’s as well growing up. But now it’s a different story…. we keep forgetting and eating 🙂 Doing it during lent made more sense.

  17. stateeats March 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    Delish! I have always wondered how this was made! Thanks for the recipe-Kat

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

      Thank You so much Kat 🙂

  18. Freda @ Aromatic essence March 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    Looks delicious ! I love paneer , yep it was not made much at home , but I loved having it at restaurants and parties 🙂

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

      Thank You Freda…that is true. Guess now a days things have changed a bit 🙂

  19. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet March 6, 2016 at 2:45 am #

    Definitely going to try this one!!

  20. bnanno March 6, 2016 at 4:17 am #

    Can’t imagine life without it which just shows how diverse India is :)! I always make it at home – I like it best.
    It’s also useful as an emergency food – my mother often made some when unexpected guests arrived. You make paneer like here

    Then don’t press it, just drain it and make a quick tarka for it and stir-fry. My mum’s usual is mustard & cumin seeds, whole dried red chillies, curry leaves, sliced garlic onion & tomato, salt to taste. Good to go in a few minutes and goes equally well with bread or rice dishes.

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

      Thank You so much. Sounds like a great recipe for me to try. Will definitely do it.

  21. chezlerevefrancais March 6, 2016 at 6:51 am #

    I have to say that I can’t buy it where I live in France but I’m tempted to have a go at making it as we love anything cheesy! 🙂

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

      I would encourage you to give it a try. It is very close to ricotta or cottage cheese and is pressed down to form a block.

  22. The Bohemian Renegade March 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Yum! This looks absolutely delicious – right up my street – I’ll definitely be trying it out! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

      Thank You so much for your lovely comment 🙂

  23. youthfoodblog March 6, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    Love the fusion look!

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

      Thank You so much Chris 🙂

  24. In Becky's Head March 7, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    I love paneer! I’ll definitely have a go at making this 🙂

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

      That is so awesome Becky. Will look forward to your feedback 🙂

  25. Shari March 7, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    This looks like it has so much flavor! I love all of the ingredients. I am so happy that I can say I know what paneer is now after making my first Indian meal this last year. I really like it and this looks like a wonderful way to cook it. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

      Thank You so much Shari. I am happy to know that you like panner and enjoy Indian foods 🙂

  26. atkokosplace March 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    I’ve never cooked with paneer before. This dish looks wonderful. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Have a wonderful rest of your week! Best, Koko 🙂

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

      Thank You Koko so much. I am happy to know you learnt something new. Hopefully you will cook with it some day 🙂

  27. gnovember March 9, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    Hi, can you replace paneer with haloumi?

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

      Yes you sure can. I just checked online it looks to be very similar to panner as it has a higher melting point.

  28. Shreya Sharma March 11, 2016 at 3:18 am #

    I love chilli paneer. I always used to eat it outside at restaurants. Thanks for the recipee. I’ll try it at my home. 🙂

    • Nandini March 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

      Thank You Shreya so much. I am so happy to hear that 🙂

  29. kirbymeehan March 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    This sounds great. I love paneer and do a paneer butter masala, but I think I’ll give this a try. If I blog it, I’ll give you a nod.

    • Nandini March 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

      Thank You so much Kirby Meehan :-).

  30. Dennis the Vizsla March 15, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

    They sometimes have paneer at a grocery near us, and this recipe looks delicious. I know what I’ll be making the next time it turns up!

    • Nandini March 18, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

      That is awesome Dennis. Will look forward to your feedback 🙂

  31. JIN March 16, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

    This looks awesome! I just came back from India on Sunday, what an amazing country and food!

    • Nandini March 18, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

      Thank You so much Jin. Yes, indeed Indian has a mystical magic about her 🙂

  32. midimike March 17, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    Your recipes are so easy to follow. I can’t wait to try this one.

  33. LBcruiseshipblogger March 17, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Looks tasty.

  34. nostalgicnaivety April 4, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    Thank you for this recipe. It looks really easy. I’m definitely looking forward to trying it since I’m a beginner at cooking in general but especially new to South Asian food.

    • Nandini April 4, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Oh! that is so awesome to know. It sure is a very easy recipe and fail-proof 🙂

  35. CulinaryHaven May 16, 2016 at 4:13 am #

    Amazing blog and lovely recipes ….so many recipes to try ! starting off with this ,will let you know how it went !

    Meantime if you get time from creating such delicious recipes we a run food blog as well , would be kind of you to read it and let us know how it is . Thanks

    • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

      Thank You for your kind comment. I will definitely visit your blog 🙂 Thank you for stopping by.

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