Garlic Paneer Recipe
Garlic Paneer is a quick, delicious and easy Paneer appetizer made with Indian Cheese, garlic, red chilies and spices. This 15 mins paneer starter is going to be your new favorite & I am sure you will turn back to it time & again, just like the way we do. Garlic Paneer is super flavorful, spicy, hot and delicious enough to serve as a starter or side in your meal. Feel free to use it in your kathi rolls, wraps, burgers & sandwiches.
About Garlic Paneer
Indo-Chinese Garlic Paneer is an item you will find often on the restaurant menus. But that’s a completely different version where paneer is deep fried like it is done for Chili Paneer and Paneer Manchurian. It is later tossed in a sweet spicy and pungent garlicky sauce.
My version of Garlic Paneer is made healthier by simply tossing the paneer in a wok or pan. But let me tell you the sauce is going to tickle your taste buds & you may turn out to be obsessed with this homemade garlic sauce, like me.
This recipe is adapted from our family favorite – Garlic Chicken. I end up making so many dishes with this sauce like Garlic Mushrooms, Garlic prawns, Garlic Noodles and even Garlic rice.
Homemade garlic sauce forms the base of this dish and it is made with fresh garlic, red chilies, salt, vinegar and sugar. We simply blend the ingredients in a spice grinder to a coarse paste and toss it in hot oil. Later paneer is tossed in this. How simple right?
Sometimes, I make a giant garlic paneer sandwich with French baguette. Simply use some hung curd/ strained yogurt to spread, place a lettuce, add garlic paneer, and load with some fresh onions, tomatoes & grated carrots. I have a similar sandwich recipe made with mushrooms – Mushroom Sandwich.
Garlic paneer is a dry dish but it still goes well as a side with Hakka Noodles, Fried rice or Egg Fried noodles. It can also be served simply as a side with any meal.
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How to Make Garlic Paneer (Stepwise Photos)
1. Add 6 large garlic cloves, 5 to 6 deseeded dried red chilies (optionally soaked for 15 mins), 1 teaspoon sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon vinegar (white or apple cider) to a blender jar. Make sure your garlic isn’t sprouted else your sauce is likely to taste bitter. To check slice each clove to 2 parts and check inside. If you do not like red chilli seeds, please deseed and use.
2. Add 2 tbsp. water and blend to a smooth or coarse paste to suit your liking.
Make Garlic Paneer
3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. You can skip cumin and add a single small strand of mace as well. Add half cup finely chopped onions. You can skip onions and use spring onions.
4. Saute until lightly golden. You can also add capsicum if you want and saute for a while.
5. Add the ground paste.
6. Saute on a medium flame until the mixture begins to leave the sides of the pan or begins to release oil begins. There is not much oil used but still you can make out when the sauce is ready. It turns fragrant. But do not overcook, garlic turns bitter.
7. Taste test and adjust salt and vinegar. If you want you may add 1 teaspoon soya sauce. Add 1 ¼ cup diced paneer and toss gently to coat the mixture. If the sauce is too thick for you to coat the paneer, splash some water. (about a tablespoon only & not a lot).
8. Saute for just 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook. It just takes one to 2 minutes.
Garnish garlic paneer with chopped coriander leaves or celery.
Garlic Paneer Recipe (Quick Paneer Starter)
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 1¼ cup paneer cubed
- 6 large garlic cloves (refer notes)
- 1 teaspoon vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar)
- 5 to 6 red chilies kashmiri (seeds removed or 1 teaspoon chilli powder or chilli flakes)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ½ teaspoon cumin or 1 small strand of mace (optional)
- ½ cup onions very fine chopped
- 2 tablespoons coriander leaves or celery fine chopped for garnish
- 1 teaspoon soya sauce naturally brewed – optional
How to make Garlic Paneer Appetizer
- Blend together garlic, chilies, sugar, salt and vinegar with 2 to 3 tbsp water to a smooth or coarse paste.
- Heat a pan with oil and add cumin seeds.
- When the cumin seeds sizzle, add onions & saute until golden. Regulate the heat to medium. Add the sauce and cook until it thickens and the oil separates.
- Reduce the flame completely and taste test the sauce. Adjust salt and if you want you may add soya sauce.
- Add paneer and gently mix well to coat the sauce. If it is too dry you may splash little water, about a tablespoon. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with coriander or celery.
- Serve garlic paneer hot as an appetizer, side or with fried rice, noodles. You can also stuff it in your wraps, kathi rolls, sandwiches etc.
- Make sure your garlic isn’t sprouted. Sprouted garlic makes your dish bitter. To make sure slice each garlic to 2 parts and check the centers.
- Paneer can be coated with corn flour batter and shallow fried or deep fried first then added to the garlic sauce. For this you will cook the sauce with little water until it is thick yet flowy but not dry as shown in the recipe.
- This dish may not be for you if you suffer from acidity.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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Folloed the procedure as it is resulted very tasty quick starter
Where would I find the chilis used in this recipe? Are there alternatives if I can’t find those chilis?
Liz, You will find them in Indian or Asian stores. Use low heat red chilli powder or chilli flakes if you can’t find chilies
This was the first time I tried Paneer, and it was delicious. I made a smaller quantity since I was just cooking for myself. I also forgot to add the water, but it turned out alright. Thanks for the recipe!
Glad you like it Nimra
Point 8. “Pour that to the pan”
Its already in the pan , right? (both, the gravy and the paneer cubes). So where am I transferring ? Plz xplain 😀
Yes you are right. Thanks for pointing it. I will correct.
Thank you for this quick and easy recipe. It was a huge hit at my place!
Glad to know Lavanya
Super easy and quick for a snack … totally loved it
Thank you so much!
Always look through your recipes & today tried your garlic paneer. Was fantastic & it vanished in minutes. Thanks for a quick, easy & delicious recipe.
That’s great to know! Thank you!
your recipes are awesome.I always look for your recipes when I am in need of help. Its ethnic as well as some of them have the taste of improvised experiments that you have successfully made. So for me Swathi is the best. congratilations!!!
Leela, Thank you so much! Glad you like the recipes.
Such a time saver !!!
This recipe turned out to be very delicious.. everyone licked their plates..
Thank you for this recipe..
I didn’t have vinegar in my kitchen so I skipped it. Still it turned out great..
Glad to know Charmi
Firstly, wish you a happy and healthy new year 2021.
I just happened to stumbled upon this recipe.. it seems so interesting..I will definitely try it.
However, I do not have vinegar. Can I replace the vinegar in this recipe with lemon juice or any other alternate ? If yes, how much quantity will be needed?
Thank you so much! Wish you all too a very happy new year.
Yes you can use lemon juice but add it while serving. You can use as needed. Hope this helps
Tried this tonight and everyone absolutely loved it , thank you so much ☺️
Glad you all loved it.
Made this delicious
This turned out very well. Thanks for the detailed pics. Those of us who are hesitant cooks are in great need of them!
Could you share your preferred brand of soya sauce for this dish?
Glad to know!
Look for organic Kikkoman. Any other organic one should be fine too.
Ma’am really a mind-blowing recipe… Thank you so much .. I did this on my hubby’s birthday and his happiness grown exponentially as he loves garlic flavour…
You are welcome! Glad your garlic paneer turned out good. Good wishes to both of you!
Nice way of explaining receipie with pics.
Tried this recipe. It was delicious. Everyone liked it. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us.
Hi, thanks for posting this quick & easy recipe. I made this today & it came out really well. Very tasty. Only I added some stir fried capsicum & baby corn. 🙂
Glad to know garlic paneer turned out good. Thank you so much for trying.
It’s actually a pretty quick, and healthy recipe. It came out tasting really well. I had it with sautéed veggies. Made it a complete meal, in terms of nutrition.
Thanks for trying. So glad to know you liked it. Thanks again
I make this chilli garlic sameer recipe for 10 times.it’s made so yummy, delicious and very tempting.
This recipe are favourite for my family members.
This is a very simple but very tasty recipe.
Thanks for sharing this yummilicious recipe.
God bless u.
You are welcome. So glad to know you all like the garlic paneer. Thanks a lot for the comment.