22 August 2011

Anamika's Chilly Paneer

This is an awesome recipe from my friend Anamika, who runs the delicious Kasa restaurant. Back in 2004, I took her Indian cooking classes to shore up that need, but now that she's a famous chef and restaurateur, her schedule is tight. Every now and again, she offers a class, which I highly recommend.


Paneer – 1 packet – sliced
Red Bell Pepper – 1 – sliced
Green Chillis, finely chopped – 4
Soy Sauce – 2 tbsp
Vinegar – 1 tbsp
Plain flour – 2 tbsps
Cornstarch – 3 tbsps
Black Pepper, freshly ground – 1 teaspoon
Green Onions, finely chopped – 2 bunches
Garlic, finely chopped – 2 tbsp
Ginger, finely chopped – 2 tbsp
Sugar – pinch
Oil to fry
Salt to taste

1. Mix the paneer with the plain flour, 2 tbsp cornstarch, black pepper, ginger and soy sauce.
2. Fry the paneer pieces in hot oil and drain.
3. For the sauce, heat a little oil in a pan, add most of the spring onions, bell pepper and garlic pieces and fry until light brown. Make a paste with remaining cornstarch and a little water and keep aside.
4. Add about 2 cups to the pan. Once it starts boiling, add cornflour paste and stir to thicken.  At this point, add the vinegar, sugar and salt to taste.  Add the paneer and cook for a few minutes.
5.Garnish with the remaining green onions

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