Chhole Paneer

Chhole Paneer

Chhole or chana masala is a very popular dish from punjabi cuisine. Chhole paneer is a recipe of traditional punjabi chhole with a paneer twist. Addition of paneer to this rich curry simply makes it out of the world. Chhole or chick pea aids in weight loss, stabilizes blood sugar levels and maintains a healthy heart. Paneer is rich in magnesium, potassium and protein.

Preparation Time: 8-10 hours

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • Kabuli Chana  1 cup
  • Paneer  100g
  • Baking Soda  1/4 tsp
  • Onion  1
  • Garlic  7-8 cloves
  • Ginger  1 1/2 inch
  • Tomatoes  2, pureed
  • Turmeric  1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder 1 tbsp
  • Chhole Masala  2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder  1 tsp
  • Chaat Masala  1/2 tsp
  • Amchoor Powder  1/2 tsp
  • Kalonji / Kala Jeera (nigella seeds)  1/2 tsp
  • Bay Leaf  2
  • Tea Laeves  1 tsp
  • Black Cardomam  1
  • Cloves  5-6
  • Cinnamom (dalchini sticks)  2 inches
  • Black Pepper  10-12
  • Salt  to taste
  • Mustard Oil  4 tbsp
  • Potato  1, boiled and mashed


  1. Wash and soak kabuli chana in  enough water with a pinch of baking soda. Keep it fo  8-10 hours or overnight. Drain and wash again.
  2. Tie tea leaves and whole spices in a muslin cloth.
  3. In a pressure cooker, take chana, some salt,  the muslin pouch and water just enough to cover the lentils.
  4. After first whistle, simmer the gas and cook for another 20-25 minutes. Once the pressure drops, strain and reserve the liquid for making the gravy.
  5. Take two tablespoon of oil and shallow fry paneer cubes. Soak them in hot salty water.

  6. In a blender, grind together onion, ginger and garlic to a fine paste.
  7. Add remaining oil in the pan add kala jeera and bay leaf. Saute and add onion -ginger-garlic paste.

  8. Once the raw aroma goes off, add turmeric, coriander and chilli powder.
  9. Add tomato puree and saute till oil starts to separate.
  10. Now add boiled chhole and chhole masala. Saute over low flame for few minutes.
  11. Add reserved liquid, two cups of water, mashed potato and salt. Bring them to boil.
  12. Add paneer, amchoor powder and chaat masala. Simmer and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

  13. Remove from fire. Transfer in a serving bowl and garnish with some roundels of onion.


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