How to make Sweet Sour Paneer And Pineapple -

Deep fried cottage cheese and pineapple in a sweet and sour sauce.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Best of Chinese Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Cottage chese, Pineapple (पाइनेपल/अनानास)

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Sweet Sour Paneer And Pineapple

Sweet Sour Paneer And Pineapple Recipe Card


Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet and Sour

Ingredients for Sweet Sour Paneer And Pineapple Recipe

  • Cottage chese cut into 1 inch diamonds 300 grams

  • Pineapple cut into 1 inch pieces 1 slice

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 4 tablespoons

  • Onion quartered and layers separated 1 medium

  • Tomato sauce 3 tablespoons

  • Sugar 2 tablespoons

  • Pineapple juice 1/2 cup

  • MSG 1/4 teaspoon

  • White pepper powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Vegetable stock 1 1/2 cups

  • Ginger finely chopped 1/2 inch piece

  • Garlic finely chopped 2-3 cloves

  • Green capsicum cut into 1 inch pieces 1 medium

  • White vinegar 3 tablespoons


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil in a wok. Roll the paneer diamonds in two tablespoons of cornflour and deep-fry on medium heat until the edges start to turn brown. Drain on absorbent paper and set aside. Cut the onion into quarters and separate the layers.

Step 2

Mix the remaining cornflour in one cup of water. Blend tomato sauce, sugar, pineapple juice, MSG, white pepper powder and salt in one cup of vegetable stock. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a wok or a pan, add ginger and garlic and stir-fry briefly. Add the onion and continue to stir-fry for a minute. Stir in the sauce and spice mix, the remaining vegetable stock and the cornflour mixture.

Step 3

Cook for a couple of minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken, stirring continuously. Add the fried paneer, pineapple and capsicum. Cook for a minute more or until the sauce coats the paneer pieces. Stir in the vinegar and serve hot.

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