Ok, I have to confess- I am in love with Chinese cuisine.It captivates me, It calms me & It heals me.Very easy to cook and not much fuss recipes.Its not just fried rice or manchurian. From their teas (green & white in particular),rice, oil, salt, sauce and vinegar to a variety of vegetables like shitake mushrooms, bak choy, soy meat with lots of ingredients, makes it very special in its own way.
Now, the story behind today’s dish, Well.. my taste buds were calling out for Chinese food & had no plan for going out. Frankly speaking, wasn’t in a good mood to dressed up and go out & didn’t want to order the regular food from outside.
Started scratching my head to think of what to cook for the dinner. Probed my fridge and found some paneer,spring onion & celery .The fruit basket laden on table also caught my attention.Poor wintery oranges were looking at me with there pitty eyes.. Please take me!! Do something!! please please .. we beg!!
Now time to do some googling.I found couple of recipes to make use of Paneer and Orange together. This recipe from Love & lenthil sounds intresting to me, as it was inspired from the Panda express famous orange chicken so decided to give it a try.
About orange chicken, It is basically an American Chinese dish of Hunan origin,most commonly found at North American fast food restaurants consists of chopped, battered, and fried chicken pieces coated in a sweet orange-flavored chili sauce, which thickens or caramelizes to a glaze. While the dish is very popular in the United States.
I adapted the basic concept from there and made some changes as per my taste & intrest of ingredients. So here I present Paneer tossed in Spicy Chili Orange Sauce-American Chinese style
Here is the recipe:
200 gms Paneer(Indian cottage cheese), cut in random shape
2 tbsp Corn flour
1/2 cup Spring onions, chopped
1 tbsp Celery, chopped
4,5 tbsp oil for frying
Salt and black pepper as per taste
2 tbsp water or as per the need
2 Oranges, squizzed or 2 Cups fresh orange juice
2 tbsp Tomato paste
1/2 tbsp Chili Garlic sauce
1/2 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tbsp Honey
1 ts Garlic,finely chopped
1 ts Ginger,finely chopped
1/2 tbsp white Vinegar
1 tsp brown sugar
Corn flour paste:
1 tbsp corn flour
1/4 cup water
– Dice paneer into random shapes
– Add salt and pepper in the corn flour & mix the whole mixture well.
– Add diced paneer in the mixture
– Sprinkle a few drops of water and just gently toss the paneer in the corn flour just to coat the paneer pieces with corn flour
– Now keep it for few minutes and meawhile work on the orange sauce to get ready.
– Mix all the ingrodients of orange sauce and mix them well
– Shallow or deep fry the paneer cubes in hot oil. Drain on paper napkins and keep aside.
– Remove the extra oil from the heated pan & add chopped onions and stry fry on medium heat
– Meanwhile, mix the corn flour in water to make a paste & keep aside.
– When onions become translucent, add celery and stir fry.
– Now add orange sauce and little water and let it simmer for a while
– Add corn flour paste and let the sauce thicken on low flame. Keep on stirring meanwhile.
– Now add the fried paneer cubes, stir and simmer for a minute.
– Garnish with spring onion or chopped coriander & serve it hot with veg noodles or asian veg rice.
Please note: I was ended up making it little too spicy as I added chili sauce a lot more, so just to make sure, please taste and adjust the sauce ingredients while mixing them in order to get it right.