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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Cheese Chilly

Cheese Chilly is an Indian dish inspired by Chinese Cuisine. Basically it is a fusion dish. If you go to China you will not find this dish on their menu as they don't have cheese in their cuisine. Interesting fact. Maybe going by the popularity of Cheese Chilly, they're gonna add this in their Menu card. 😊Anyway this dish is very popular with Vegetarians. Cottage Cheese cubes dipped in batter and deep fried. These deep fried cheese cubes are then stir fried with vegetables and sauces with and without gravy ,topped with sesame seed and spring onions. This dish is served along with noodles and fried rice as a part of the main meal or eaten alone also as a snack. It is simple to make and lends a variety to the meal. So do try. 

We Need :

For Cheese Cubes Marination

  • 200 gm Cottage Cheese

  • 1 Tbsp Ginger garlic paste

  • 1 Tsp Green Chilli paste

  • 2 Tbsp All purpose Flour. ( Maida) 

  • 1 Tbsp Rice Flour

  • 1 Tbsp Corn Flour (Arrarot) 

  • 1 Tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder. 

  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper Powder

  • 1 Tsp Salt or to taste

  • Oil for Deep Frying

For Gravy:

  • 1 Large Green Bell Pepper

  • 2 Large Onions. 

  • 7 to 8 Cloves of Finely chopped Garlic. 

  • 1" Piece of grated Ginger 

  • 1 Tbsp of Dark Soya Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp Red Chilli Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp of Tomato Sauce

  • Corn flour Slurry ie. 1 Tbsp Cornflour dissolved in half cup water. 

  • 2 Green Chillies diagonally cut into pieces. 

  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil. 

  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seed for garnish. 

Here We go

  1. Sprinkle  some salt on the raw cheese block without cutting it. Leave it for five minutes. It will release moisture. Pat dry the cheese block with a Paper Towel. This will remove extra moisture from cheese and you will get crispy Cheese Chilli. 

  2. Cut the cheese into Cubes. 

  3. In the bowl add cornflour, rice flour & all purpose flour. Mix them well. Now add ginger garlic & chilli paste. Next add all the spice powder ie Kasmiri chilli powder, black pepper powder and salt. You can add red food colour if you want to give your dish a bright red colour.

  4.  Add approximately 4 Tbsp of water and Make a paste of coating consistency. Add the cheese cubes and mix well. Leave aside to marinate for 10 minute . 

  5. Heat oil for fryiing. Fry the marinated cheese cubes in medium hot oil. Drain them and Keep aside.

  6. Cut Capsicum and onions into quarters. 

  7. Now let us prepare the gravy. Heat a pan and put 2 Tbsp oil. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute for 1 min. Add quarters of Onions and capsicum. Saute till transparent. 

  8. Add soya sauce, tomato sauce and red chilli sauce. Add green  chillies. Saute for a minute. The chillies should remain crisp. You can also add spring onion greens if you like.  

  9. Add Cornflour slurry which we have made. Saute till it starts thickening. Add fried paneer cubes to the gravy. Saute till gravy coats all the paneer pieces. 

  10. Take out in a serving dish and sprinkle sesame seeds and onion greens. Serve hot with rice, noodles or by itself. 

Preparation time 20 min
Cooking Time 15 min. 

Sprinkling salt will remove moisture as well as enhance the taste of cheese. 
Fry cheese in medium hot oil. Less or high heat will make it dry.