Paneer or cottage cheese is a commonly used food item in Indian cooking. I have shared several recipes of paneer in this blog and today I am sharing the recipe of Paneer Manchurian. It is simple and delicious and can be served with fried rice, noodles or chapathi.

For the paneer

1 litre milk
1 tbsp vinegar
¼ tsp salt

For the marinade

2 tbsp corn flour
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp salt

Oil for shallow frying the paneer cubes

For the gravy

2 tbsp oil
1 tsp finely grated garlic
1 tsp finely grated ginger
1 onion cut into cubes
1 medium sized capsicum deseeded and cut into cubes
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tsp soya sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp corn flour + 1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp pepper powder
salt to taste


  • Boil milk in a pan, add salt and vinegar and stir with a spoon.
  • The milk would get separated from the whey.
  • Allow it to cool down completely and make paneer from this. Do not fry the paneer now. You can check out this post for a detailed explanation and pics on how to make paneer.
  • Now take corn flour, chilli powder, pepper powder and salt in a bowl and mix well. 
  • Coat the paneer cubes on all sides with this mix and keep ready.
  • Heat some oil in a non stick pan and shallow fry the paneer cubes till golden in colour.
  • Transfer the fried paneer to a plate and keep ready.
  • Now to prepare the sauce, heat oil in the same non stick pan, add garlic and ginger and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add onions and capsicums and saute till they are cooked but have a bite.
  • Add tomato ketchup, soya sauce, chilli powder, salt and pepper powder and mix well.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Dissolve corn flour in 1/4 cup water and add to the pan.
  • Cook for a minute till the gravy thickens.
  • Check for taste and add salt, pepper or chilli powder or tomato sauce if necessary.
  • Serve hot.

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