Chilli paneer with pale ale

Manju Mahli's spicy Indian cheese dish makes a quick and delicious vegetarian supper
By Manju Malhi
Chilli paneer with pale ale
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 2 finger green chillies, split lengthways
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp white or demerara sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 100 ml Green King or Twisted Thistle ale
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot chilli sauce
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 225 g paneer, cut into 2 cm cubes

For the tomato, onion and chilli salad

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


1. For the tomato, onion and chilli salad: put all the ingredients into a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper and toss together. Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate until needed.

2. In a bowl, mix the chillies, garlic, sugar, black pepper, pale ale, tomato ketchup, soy and chilli sauce and a pinch of salt.

3. Heat the oil in a frying pan and lightly fry the paneer cubes for 5 minutes until golden.

4. Add the pale ale mixture to the pan and gently fry for a couple of minutes until the sauce thickens. [author query: what happens to onion rings?]

5. Serve hot with tomato, onion and chilli salad.

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