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Chilli paneer bites with red onion and mint salad recipe

Chilli paneer bites with red onion and mint salad recipe

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Enjoy a real taste of India with this street-food inspired side dish. Creamy paneer is a much-loved vegetarian ingredient and works wonderfully when lightly fried in fiery chilli and earthy cumin and paired with a crisp red onion and mint salad. This simple Indian side can be made in just 20 minutes. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 110 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian


  • 250g paneer, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • naan bread, to serve (optional)

For the salad

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tbsp finely diced red onion
  • ½ green chilli, seeded and sliced
If you don't have red onions, try using white, brown or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    6g 8%
  • Saturates

    2g 12%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    0.2g 4%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 6.8g Protein 9.7g Fibre 0.4g


  1. In a medium bowl, toss the paneer with the cumin, curry powder, chilli flakes, cornflour and some seasoning. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Put the mint, onion and green chilli in a small bowl. Toss to combine, then set aside until needed. Heat the oil in a large frying pan set over a medium heat. Add the paneer and fry, turning, until golden on all sides.
  3. Add the vinegar and honey. Swirl the mixture around the pan until the paneer is coated and sticky. Remove from the heat.
  4. Transfer to a platter and spoon over the pan juices. Scatter over a little of the red onion and mint salad and serve the rest on the side with some naan bread, if you like.

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