For all the 'Chole' lovers out there, here is yet another delectable protein source to boast!! The flavor of the spices together with Paneer (Indian Cottage cheese) is just going to blow your mind away. When I saw this recipe in Raghavan Iyer's 660 Curries I was drawn to it. When I posted Balti Masala a few days back, I am sure many of you were expecting some flavorful curry using that masala. So here it is..

Chana Paneer

Ingredients - 

Chana / Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans soaked, pre-treated (optional), cooked 1 cup
Paneer cubed and pan fried 8 ounces [I used about 15 cubes as I had only so much :)]
Onion, finely chopped 1 cup (I used red onion)
Tomato, finely chopped 1 cup
Green Chillies 1-2 (Optional)
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Balti Masala 1 tsp
Whipped cream 3 Tbsp (I would gladly replace it with some low fat milk next time)
Salt as needed
Cilantro leaves finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Jeera 1 tsp)

Chana Paneer

Method Of Preparation - 

Heat oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds and after they brown, add the onions and chillies (if using).

Stir fry the onions until they get a light brown hue. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, Balti Masala and turmeric. Cook for a couple minutes until the tomato softens.

Add the chickpeas and 1 cup of water. After the curry boils, reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens slightly for about 10 min.

Fold in the Paneer and the Cream and let it simmer for a couple min more.

Remove from heat, sprinkle chopped cilantro and serve with Roti/Naan/Rice/Pulao.

Sending this to 'MLLA 39' happening at 'Whatwouldcathyeat' initiated by Susan.

Preparation Time 40 min (including chickpeas cooking time)
Serves 3 -4
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, September 7, 2011


  1. delicious combination of flavours

  2. Pavani Says:
  3. Chana and paneer is double dose of protein and double does of yumminess. Curry looks absolutely mouthwatering.

  4. Chana Paneer looks to be great and colorful.

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  5. Balti masala is new to me! super good chana preparation!
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  6. Unknown Says:
  7. wow awesome chana the masala too will surely try it!!

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  8. Anu Says:
  9. Looks so delicious..

  10. Radhika Says:
  11. I love the Balti masala recipe of yours and this dish is even more superb.

  12. Mugdha Says:
  13. awesome recipe...mouthwatering here...:)

  14. Archana Says:
  15. Looks delicious. Will try my hand at the balti masala!

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  16. notyet100 Says:
  17. Chana looks flavorful,will try ur balti masala sometime

  18. flavourful preparation; balti masala recipe is nice !

  19. Prathima Rao Says:
  20. Yes...i was eagerly waiting for a recipe using balti masala...I bought the book too but yet to try out any dish...Thx for the review~~ And the curry looks super delicious!!
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  21. wonderful combination yet to try my hands on balti masala..bookmarked!!

  22. divya Says:
  23. Looks very tempting.

  24. Hema Says:
  25. looks colorful n very yummyy :)

  26. Unknown Says:
  27. Looks delicious!

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