Tangy Spicy Paneer

spicy paneer

Remember the nursery rhyme that goes, “Little Miss Muffet, Sat on a tuffet, Eating her curds and whey…”? Guess what she was eating cottage cheese ! 🙂 In fact, a little known fact about cottage cheese is that’s how it got it’s name. It was named “Cottage Cheese” because it was made in cottages, which are small country houses. That was my lesson for the day !

Paneer, as we call it in India, is a very common dish among North Indians and if you Google, you will find a zillion ways of preparing them. My initial plan was to prepare chilly paneer but then yesterday night we had some real spicy dinner; so I thought of making it tangy with a little bit of kick! 😉

spicy paneer

Tangy Spicy Paneer


  • 1 lbs Paneer/ Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 1 bunch spring onion/ green onion
  • 10 to 12 pearl onions cut in half
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbs soya sause
  • 1 tbs vinegar
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1 tbs chilly flakes
  • 1/2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbs lime juice
  • 1 tbs lime zest
  • salt and pepper


  1. Cut the paneer/cottage cheese into cube size pieces.
  2. In a big bowl combine the paneer with soya sauce, vinegar, finely chopped garlic, chilly flakes, lemon juice with some salt and ground pepper.
  3. Let it marinate for about 15 minutes.
  4. In a pan heat 3 spoon oil and fry the paneer pieces in low heat, avoid over frying it.
  5. Make sure all the sides are cooked properly, take it out and put in a separate plate. (It should take about a minute or two in each side)
  6. In the same pan add the grated onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the pearl onions, chopped spring onion and finely chopped green chilly including the left over marinate from the bowl and cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Combine the fried paneer in the pan and stir properly to mix everything .
  9. Taste for salt and add some if it's not enough. (At this stage if you want more heat you can more chilly flakes)
  10. Finally add the lime juice and the lime zest and toss it properly.
  11. Serve it hot and garnish with some lime slices.
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  • lauren
    January 17, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    I learned how to make paneer this summer while apprenticing on a farm that had goats. Goat milk fresh from the animal turned into cheese is a beautiful thing. Your dish looks wonderful — spiced to perfection!

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    January 17, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Thanks Lauren 🙂

  • Krithi
    January 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Great recipe.. Love spicy paneer.
    Have added ur blog to my blogger friends list

  • Nisa Homey
    Nisa Homey
    January 19, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Hi Kankana….thanks a lot for taking time to visit my space and for ur lovely comment…your space is wonderful and I loved going through ur space…ur spicy paneer is looking yummilicious….keep visiting again….

  • Ally
    January 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    I love paneer! I’m going to try this recipe out! 🙂

  • lonima
    February 11, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Hey Kankana,
    Tried ur tangy spicy paneer recipe……& we loved it 🙂