How to make Chilli Paneer Cigars -

Crispy and spicy cottage cheese cigars- Crispy and spicy cottage cheese cigars with a cheesy, spicy paneer stuffing which is an interesting starter. A crispy outer and a soft interior, is a wonderful appetizer from the Indo Chinese cuisine.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Turban Tadka.

Main Ingredients : Red chilli sauce (रेड चिल्ली सॉस), Paneer (cottage cheese) (पनीर)

Cuisine : Indo-Chinese

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Chilli Paneer Cigars

Chilli Paneer Cigars Recipe Card


Chinese food is an integral part of the Indian culinary scene. In Indian Chinese cuisine the food is modified to suit Indian palate. In this Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques are adapted to Indian tastes and contain larger offering of vegetarian dishes. Today, it is not only enjoyed by the Indians but is also highly appreciated in in Malaysia, Singapore and North America.  
Foods tend to be flavoured with Indian spices such as cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and turmeric, which are traditionally not associated with authentic Chinese cuisine. Hot chilli, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, dry red chillies, black pepper corns and yogurt are also frequently used in Indo Chinese dishes. This makes Indian Chinese food similar in taste to many dishes of Singapore and Malaysia, which have strong Chinese and Indian cultural influences.
Non-staple dishes are generally served with generous helpings of gravy, although they are also available without gravy. Culinary styles often seen in Indian Chinese fare include chilli where the food is hot and batter-fried; Manchurian which consists of a sweet and salty brown sauce; and Szechwan sauce which is a spicy red sauce. These are generally not used in authentic Chinese food preparation.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 0-5 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chilli Paneer Cigars Recipe

  • Red chilli sauce 1 tablespoon

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) grated 1/2 cup

  • Spring roll sheets 8-12

  • Spring onions finely chopped 1-2

  • Mixed bell peppers finely chopped 1/4 cup

  • Red chilli flakes 1 teaspoon

  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste

  • Soy sauce 1 teaspoon

  • Tomato ketchup 1 tablespoon

  • Processed cheese grated 1/2 cup

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Cornstarch 1 tablespoon

  • Sweet chilli garlic sauce as required


Step 1

Combine cottage cheese, spring onions, mixed bell peppers, chilli flakes, crushed peppercorns, chilli sauce, soy sauce, tomato ketchup and cheese in a bowl and mix well.

Step 2

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 3

Dissolve cornstarch with some water in a bowl to make a smooth slurry.

Step 4

Put some chilli-cottage cheese mixture on one side of each spring roll sheet. Brush some slurry on the edges of the sheets, fold the sides and roll into the shape of cigars.

Step 5

Deep-fry prepared cigars in hot oil till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 6

Pour some sweet chilli garlic sauce in individual square glasses. Place fried cigars in each glass and serve immediately.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.