When I was in India, I simply loved Chinese food! Anytime we went out for dinner, it was usually Chinese. The food would be spicy and bursting with flavour. Even soups were never simple. The zestier it was, the more it was loved! Little did I know that Chinese food usually served in India, is influenced with Indian tastes! It was a surprise to find out that authentic Chinese food is not really all that spicy. Well, as you all already know, I'm a sucker for spicy food, and so the authentic Chinese food, so easily available here doesn't tantalize my taste buds! Luckily for me, we have all those Hakka joints in Mississauga that serve the so-called Chinese dishes we Indians as so very used to. This is my recipe for Chilly Paneer. It is widely loved dish that tastes great with my Spicy Curry Fried Rice! Chilly Paneer (Cottage Cheese in a thick Soya sauce)
Ingredients: 1 block of paneer (cottage cheese) cut into 1-inch cubes fried till golden 1 cup finely chopped onions 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic 2-3 finely chopped green chillies 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves 1 tbsp corn starch mixed with 3 tbsp water 2 tbsp soya sauce salt, to taste 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper 1/2 tsp red chili powder 1 cup water 2 tbsp cooking oil Method: Heat oil in a non-stick pan and saute chopped green chillies, ginger and garlic till fragrant. Add chopped onions and fry till lightly brown. Add salt, pepper, chili powder and soya sauce and cook for a minute. Add water and allow to come to a boil. Add corn starch mixture and stir till sauce thickens. Add paneer pieces and chopped coriander leaves, and cover cook for 2-3 minutes.