Chili n Paneer rice…I mean Chili in Paneer!

Usually on Kanum Pongal day, we would prepare an array of rice dishes. I suppose the tradition started in the olden days to include more vegetables and fruits into the diet citing festivals as a reason. Aviyal is a good example where there are at least five vegetables in one dish. Sometimes the festival recipes feature the seasonal fruits, like nagapazham for Vinayaka chaturti or Sugarcane for Pongal, Multi-Vegetable Kootu for thiruvadirai etc.,

But this year, I wanted to do something different. Basically the reason was that I had some mushrooms I got last week that I needed to use fast, and broccoli was also in the same condition. I had made a special spicy paneer last week and I had to use that as well.

N is not too fond of mushrooms or zucchini or broccoli and I always have a tough time to make him eat those. But he loves chinese food and this is how I fooled him into eating veggies that he does not like, by making a chili Paneer Rice..Nope, not paneer in chili sauce but chili in panner. And a cheeky way to finish off the left over rice as well.. Interesting? Read on…

Ingredients: (Serves-2)

To Make Chili Paneer:
Milk- 2 cups (400 ml)
Yogurt- 2 tbsp
Sambal Oelek Paste- 1 tbsp
Finely Chopped Green Chilies- 2

For the rice:
Basmati rice-1 cup
Mixed vegetables like Carrot, Broccoli, Cauliflower,Peas,Mushrooms- 1 cup
Red onion- One small size
Finely Chopped Green Chili-1
Sunflower oil- 1 tbsp
Green onions- to garnish
Cilantro- to garnish
Salt- to taste

Sauces Needed:
Sambal oelek- 1 tsp
Sriracha hot sauce- 1 tsp
Schezwan sauce- 1 tsp
White Pepper powder- 1 pinch
Soy Sauce- 1 tbsp

To make the Chili Paneer:

Simmer the milk and when it is about to boil, add the yogurt and lemon juice and let the milk curdle. Simmer for another 3-4 minutes, switch off, add about 1/4 cup of ice cold water(to get more paneer). Add the chopped green chilies and sambal oelek. Hang the Paneer in a cheese cloth or through a strainer.

Drain the whey water from the paneer. Shape the paneer into cubes and shallow fry in oil. I made small lime size rounds out of chili paneer and shallow fried them in my appam pan. Once paneer is fried on both sides, drain the oil and keep the chili paneer aside.

This Paneer can be made ahead and stored in a refrigerator to use in any snacks, samosas or as a topping. Just have the store bought Paneer? Quickly grate it and mix it with the sauce and proceed like above.

For the rice:

Wash the rice well and cook it with 2 cups of water and salt to taste. Fluff it with a fork and keep aside. Fried rice usually tastes better with left over rice so use any left over rice if it is handy.

Heat Sunflower oil in a frying pan/Wok and add chopped red onions and all other veggies. Add salt and quickly stir fry till the veggies are 3/4th cooked. Add the Chili Paneer, the sauces(Sambal Oelek,Sriracha Hot Sauce,Soy Sauce), pepper powder and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes, mixing the ingredients well. Add the rice and quickly mix once.Check for salt and add more if needed.

Garnish with green onions and cilantro. Serve hot with a smile as though you don’t know what veggies are hidden inside 😀

Don’t want to use rice? Use some rice noodles/ wheat noodles instead. Still no? Just stir the Chili Paneer in veggies and use in as a wrap.

This version of Vegetables in Chili Paneer as a topping/filling for samosas, bhel puris, spread for pav bhaji/Wrap is one entry and the chili paneer fried rice is my second entry for Radhika’s Healthy Fast Food Event, hosted along with Sudeshna of Cook like a Bong.

Speaking of Paneer, isn’t it our desi answer for cheese? So why not munch the crunchy Paneer Kofta as a snack with a cup of tea?

Here they are, Paneer Koftas, as a Sunday Snack for Mirch Masala’s Sunday Snack Cheese Event.

I am also reposting another entry Mirchi Ka Salan for Priya’s Sesame Seeds Event.

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22 Comments to “Chili n Paneer rice…I mean Chili in Paneer!”

  1. Cham says:

    Wow U zoomed to kannum pongal already!
    Paneer fried in panniyaram chatti sounds good! I have fresh paneer in hand i will make chilli paneer and let u know!
    Pongolo pongal uku : Sow irrukumpodu naan en kavalai pada vedum? Eppadi?

  2. simplyfood says:

    I like the innovative way you have made the paneer.I have never made paneer at home but will definately try it.

  3. sowmya says:

    interesting recipe…

  4. Priya says: a great fan of paneer dishes and this chilli paneer rice makes me hungry..Thanks for sending ur mirchi ka salan to CWS event…

  5. Very interesting one…never made paneer in this way, very nice one ruchika…thanks for sharing…

  6. indosungod says:

    I like the sound of this rice. The spicy paneer with the sambal olek looks so very attractive even though I am not too fond of paneer.

  7. Asha says:

    What a great idea to bake Paneer, spicy too. YUM.

  8. Dear Ruchika,
    Awesome dish ! I have never fried the paneer in an appam pan…. Interesting and a must try, will let you know.
    Happy Weekend!

  9. Oraphan says:

    Oh Yum! This looks and sounds so delicious! I love how you make your family eat foods that they don’t like by cooking the kind of food they like. What a brilliant idea! Thanks for great tips:)

  10. Hi ruchika,thanks for your lovely comment again,i just love to read your lovely words in my blog….thanks once again….and u too have a great weekend…take care….

  11. Sayantani says:

    thats an interesting tasty recipe. great way to sneak in veggies in kids platter. loved the idea.

  12. Cham says:

    Sow “Illakiya Penn” – kavithai ejuthum pazhakam unda? Tamizh azaga irruku paa… Mathu Pongal special unda?

  13. Nithya says:

    Wow.. this is something really new and interesting for me. would surely give it a try. :)

    I think I am here for the first time. Should say you have a cute blog with nice recipes. will be back often. Keep it going.

    You are most welcome to my blogs too. Visit sometime.


  14. Sheetal says:

    Oui!! I love this idea! My mouth has gone in saliva over-drive at the sight of those crunchy koftas … divine!!

  15. wow..this looks so it..

  16. Ashwini says:

    This is so creative more so since it has rice and sriracha sauce,both are great favorites of mine, nice dish Ruchika…..

  17. Muskaan says:

    Hey Ruchika, Thanks for swinging in our blog, we are definitely looking forward for the home remedies we all can share…in between I have never had paneer in panniyaram, thats so innovative & healthy..

  18. Radhika says:

    wow.. paneer fried in paniyaram chatti.. lovely. I am sure it is healthy because it is home made :) Hope you had a great Pongal.. Belated Pongal Nalvazthukkal….

  19. wow.. paneer koftas are just inviting me into the screen!!! :):)… looks so so goood!!!.. yummy!

  20. Jay says:

    Your paneer kofta looks perfect…must have tasted great too….

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