Ingredients: (Serves 3 - 4 as starters):
Paneer(cubed) -- 200 gms
All purpose flour -- 1½ tbsp
Corn flour -- 1½ tbsp
Onion -- 1
Capsicum -- 1
Green chillies -- 2 - 3
Garlic -- 5-6 cloves
Soy sauce -- 2 tsp
Chilly sauce -- 1 tbsp, I used green chilly sauce
Tomato sauce -- 1 tbsp
Vinegar -- 1 –2 tsp
Pepper powder -- ½ tsp
Coriander leaves -- 3 - 4 sprigs , chopped
Salt -- as required
Oil -- as required
Mix the all purpose flour and corn flour. Add salt and few tablespoons of water and mix well to make a semi-thick batter. Dip the paneer cubes in this batter and deep fry until it slightly turns brown. The paneer should have/only have a thin coating of the batter just to hold its shape.
You can omit the above step of frying, but make sure that you don't break the paneer cubes in further steps. Otherwise, store bought fried paneer works good too. I did not fry it this time, but it was the cubed ones from the store – so I could manage without breaking it.
Cut the onion and capsicum into small cubes. Slit the green chillies and thinly slice the garlic and keep aside.
In a pan add 2 - 3 tsp oil and once it gets hot, add the green chillies and garlic. Sauté for a minute and then add the cubed onions. Saute until it gets transparent. Add the cubed capsicum. Increase the flame to high and sauté for 2-3 minutes until the raw taste of the capsicum is gone. You can see that the colour changes slightly when capsicum is done.
Reduce the flame and add the soya sauce, chilly sauce, tomato sauce and vinegar. Mix well. Do a taste test and then add required salt. The sauces will already have some salt in it and hence make sure you do a test before adding the salt.
Add the fried paneer cubes and carefully mix well until the paneer is well coated with the sauces. Garnish with pepper and coriander leaves.