Indo-Chinese Chilli Paneer
You may find a deep fried version of this dish in restaurants, however I prefer to lighten up the recipe and omit the flour batter and deep frying. This is by no means a low-calorie dish as paneer is a type of full-fat Indian cheese. It IS low-carb, however, and should be okay if eaten in small portions as part of a calorie-controlled diet. Ugh, I can’t believe I said that. Calorie counting sucks, but it’s the unfortunate reality for those looking to really lose weight and keep it off. I’m on call this weekend and will be treating myself to a delicious home cooked meal at the hospital 😋. . .
1 package paneer (Nanak, 14oz)
1 tbsp red chili powder
1 inch piece ginger, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
3 pearl onions, halved
1 green bell pepper, chopped
10 green chilies (adjust to desired spice level)
3 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp Hoisin sauce
1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp corn starch
2 spring onions, for garnishing
Salt and pepper to taste .
1. Mix red chili powder with salt, pepper and a little water to make a paste.
2. Cut paneer into small cubes and toss with chili paste.
3. Lightly coat cast iron pan with canola oil, and turn on the stove to medium-high heat.
4. Fry paneer cubes until soft and lightly browned, 2 minutes each side. Do not overcook! Cast iron allows you to get a crispy, charred flavor without deep frying.
5. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel to soak excess oil.
6. In a separate lightly oiled pan, sauté garlic and ginger until fragrant.
7. Add pearl onions, green bell pepper, green chilies, rice vinegar, Hoisin and sweet chili sauces, and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
8. At this point you can add a little water if you want a gravy, or add the cornstarch to thicken up the sauce.
9. Add the fried Paneer cubes to the sauce and mix lightly to coat.
10. Garnish with spring onions and serve immediately 😋
#whatsfordinner : Pan fried cod with a side of aloo gobi (Pakistani style cauliflower with potato). I’ve been kickboxing 🥊 for almost 3 months and noticed a significant improvement in my cardiovascular endurance. I haven’t really been dieting at all through the process (which my physique shows...) I’m ready to see better results, so I’ll be making some changes over the next few weeks including: eating less starchy carbohydrates, limiting red meat to once a week, loading up on green veggies, and supplementing protein. I prefer whole foods to protein supplements but as a resident, one simply does not have the motivation to cook a full meal all the time. And don’t get on me about meal prep — I don’t enjoy eating the same meal more than twice in a row 🤷🏽♀️