Side Dish

Paneer (Cottage Cheese) in Soy (Soya) Sauce

Paneer (panir) is a popular dairy product in South Asian cuisines. It is a cottage cheese having mild milky flavour and a bit chewy. Paneer is indigenous to India and is a favourite among vegetarians. This is made using hot milk and lemon juice or vinegar and is used for preparing snacks, starters, curries etc. Dishes like Palak Paneer, Mutter Paneer, Paneer Tikka, Rasagula are very popular in Northern part of India. My daughter is a big fan of paneer and love to eat it with each bite of her meal 🙂

How it would be when Soya Sauce (Soy Sauce) which is of Chinese origin is used for making Paneer? Again another Indo-Chinese recipe which is very easy to make and really delicious. Try and explore 😉


  • Paneer : 200g
  • Red chilli powder : 1.5 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves : 4-5
  • Salt : 1/2 teaspoon (for taste)
  • Water : 2-3 teaspoon
  • Oil : 2 table spoon
  • Olive Oil : 1 table spoon
  • Tomato : 1 (cut as round shaped)
  • Onion : 1 (chopped -Lengthy pieces)
  • Garlic : 5 cloves
  • Spring onion chopped: 1/4 cup
  • Tomato sauce : 1 teaspoon
  • Soya Sauce : 4-6 teaspoons

Step 1:
Cut onion in to lengthy thin pieces and keep aside. Tomato should be cut to round slices and garlic to small pieces.

Step 2:
Keep paneer in warm (not hot/boiling) water for 5 minutes. Take out the paneer and cut into small cubes (as shown in picture). Marinate using chilli powder, turmeric powder, water and salt.

Step 3:
Keep frying pan (flat) on heat/flame and add 2 table spoons of oil. Once it is hot, reduce the flame and keep marinated paneer on it along with curry leaves.Turn paneer using a spatula to cook all sides. It takes around 10 minutes to fry paneer fully in low flame/heat.

Step 4:
If you are tired already, this can be served as a starter along with some nice fruit juice or soup. 🙂

In a pan add olive oil. Once it is hot add onion, pinch of salt and garlic from Step 1 and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add tomato sauce and stir again for 30 seconds. Make the flame high and keep on stirring and you can see that pan is getting hotter, add soy sauce to it and do not stop stirring. Reduce the flame and add paneer and stir well. Add round tomato pieces and close the lid and keep for 5-10 minutes. Open and stir carefully every 2-3 minutes.

Serve it as a starter or side dish for Fried rice or chow-mein.

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