Schezwan Paneer

Schezwan Paneer

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 10

Cook Time : 20

Total Time : 30

Ingredients

Serves 3

  • 2 tbsp red chili paste (or 7 to 8 red chilies) Hot water to soak chilies For batter 3 to 4 tbsps corn flour 3 to 4 tbsps all purpose flour or maida salt as needed ¼ tsp pepper water as needed to make the batter 200 grams paneer to make schezwan paneer oil for deep frying 1 to 1½ tbsp oil for seasoning ¾ tbsp. garlic chopped finely ½ tbsp. ginger chopped finely ½ tsp or 3 to 4 crushed schezwan pepper (optional) 2 tbsps chopped spring onion whites 2 to 3 tbsps chopped celery (optional) salt as needed ¾ to 1 tsp sugar ¾ tbsp soya sauce ½ to ¾ tbsp vinegar ( or tomato sauce) 4 tbsps water ¼ cup capsicum (optional) ½ to ¾ cup water 1 tsp corn flour or corn starch or arrow root powder

Directions

  • 01

    Deseed & soak red chilies in hot water. Set aside for 30 mins. Blend them well with just 2 tbsps of water to a smooth or coarse paste. Discard the rest of the soaked water.

  • 02

    To a mixing bowl, add cornflour, maida, pepper and salt. Pour water just enough to make a free flowing batter of slightly thick consistency. Add the paneer bites and coat them in the batter well.

  • 03

    Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying. When the oil turns hot, drop the batter coated paneer in the hot oil. Fry them on a medium high flame until the paneer bites turn crisp. Drain them to a kitchen tissue

  • 04

    Making schezwan paneer Heat oil in a pan or wok. Fry ginger garlic for a minute.

  • 05

    Add spring onions, celery and schezwan peppers. Saute for 2 mins. Add red chili paste, salt and sugar. Fry for 2 to 3 mins. Remove the schezwan pepper. I remove them o remove a pungent flavor.

  • 06

    Pour water and cook until the mixture leaves oil. Pour soya sauce and vinegar or tomato sauce. Mix and saute for a minute

  • 07

    Add capscium and fry for 2 mins. Mix corn flour with water. Pour that to the pan. Mix well and cook until the sauce thickens. Check the taste and adjust the spice and sourness as desired.

  • 08

    Turn off the stove. Cool this sauce a bit. Add the paneer and mix well to coat the sauce. Serve the schezwan paneer hot with noodles or fried rice.

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