Hot n Spicy Chettinad Paneer

Chettinad Paneer recipe

Chettinad Paneer recipe yeilds spicy, hot, tangy and it is a mixer of all the flavors. It can be prepared semi gravy style too, but I went today with dryer version as a starter. If you prefer for semi gravy style add little more water
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 371kcal
Author Sujatha Muralidhar



  • 1 lb Paneer Cubed
  • 1 Cups Onion Chopped
  • 1 Cup Tomato Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Chopped
  • 1 tsp Green Chili Chopped
  • 1 Stalk Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

Ingredients for Seasoning:

  • 1 Red Chili
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns


  • Chop onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, chili, coriander leaves. I went with pearl onions, but other onions can also be used.
  • Heat oil in a pan, Add cumin seeds, pepper, curry leaves and red chilies and wait for the cuin to get splutter.
  • Add chopped onion and fry till it becomes pink and soft. Add chopped tomatoes and add little half a teaspoon of salt. This will make the tomatoes to gets evenly cooked. Try to mash them, to become like a paste.
  • Add green chilies, chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala. Fry for 1 min in slower heat. Then add 1/2 cup of water and bring everything to boil for 3 min, or until the masala gets cooked and starts evolving flavors.
  • Once the masala gets cooked and reached your desired consistency, add shallow fried paneer and cook it further more for 3-4 min in high flame.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and Serve Chettinad PaneerĀ as a starter or as a side dish for rotis, steamed rice, pulav or with fried rice.


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 35.1mg | Calcium: 574mg | Iron: 1.1mg