I have always been a fan of chana masala, but we also enjoy paneer, so we decided to combine them. This recipe is not difficult, but you do need a variety of spices and paneer, which you may have to find at a Indian grocery store. We like to make this in larger batches, since it can be frozen and makes for great leftovers.
We also found this massive can of chickpeas, and did a big batch of this recipe by multiplying the recipe five-fold!
1 white onion
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoons salt
6 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh ginger
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
3 fresh chili peppers, chopped
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 28-oz can pureed or diced tomatoes
12-16 oz paneer
1 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp lemon juice
Heat oil in a large pot.
Add chopped onion and cumin. Cook the onions until slightly transparent.
Finely mince garlic, ginger, cilantro, and green chilies.
The smell was amazing!
Add to the pot with the onions.
Add ground coriander, chili powder, and turmeric and stir to coat.
Add a little more oil at this point if the pan is looking dry.
Add the tomatoes and salt, mixing thoroughly.
Use an immersion blender to bring the mixture in the pot to a smooth consistency. It is up to you if you want it completely smooth, or a little chunky in texture.
Add the chickpeas. If the mixture looks a little too thick, add a little bit of water at a time, unless you reach the desired consistency. If it gets a little soupy, don’t worry, as it will cook down into a thicker sauce.
Increase heat to medium high, and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While waiting for the chana masala to thicken, chop the paneer into cubes and fry them in a pan. You can also buy pre-cubed paneer.
When the chana masala has thickened, add in the paneer.
Check the flavorings, such as salt and heat, adding more salt, chilis, or even a dash of sugar if desire.
Add your lemon juice and garam masala.
Stir to mix, then allow to cool slightly before serving.
I serve with basmati rice.
Garnish with leftover fresh cilantro if desired.
LisaLisaDecember 2, 2022
An interesting dish that I wouldn’t have thought of! How smart and tasty.
Tara PittmanDecember 3, 2022
Thi dish looks so delicious. I love that it has chickpeas in it.
Forever My Little MoonDecember 3, 2022
This looks like a really tasty dish! I’ll have to try it!
KathyDecember 3, 2022
I’ve never heard of this dish before. It looks really good. I would love to try it sometime.
Richelle MilarDecember 3, 2022
Oh my this recipe looks absolutely delicious and tasty! Can’t wait to try this out!
TammyDecember 3, 2022
Confession time. I had to look up paneer. This really looks good. I will have to try some paneer.
Melissa CushingDecember 3, 2022
I love the look and sound of this yummy recipe and would love to try! I love chickpeas so this is perfection and I appreciate you sharing! I may have to in and trythis one!
SamanthaDecember 3, 2022
Would love to try this! This looks so flavorful and delicious!
Beautiful TouchesDecember 3, 2022
This looks so tasty, I also can’t get over how gigantic that can of garbanzo beans is!
LynndeeDecember 4, 2022
I’ve never had this dish before. I like trying different cuisines though. Will try your recipe sometime.
ReneeDecember 4, 2022
This looks interesting. Could you use another oil besides coconut? My husband is allergic to that.
Star TraciDecember 4, 2022
Wow! It looks visually vibrant and full of just as much flavor.
Msjane90December 4, 2022
This recipe looks so good and delicious! I want to try this!
DebraDecember 28, 2022
Delicious. Loved all the flavorful spices.
KarenDecember 28, 2022
Such a unique recipe! So glad I trie fit- turned out perfectly with very well balanced flavor. Will make again soon.
PriyaDecember 28, 2022
Made this dish for lunch and everyone at home totally loved it. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
MaryDecember 28, 2022
Looks delicious. Love the flavors and spices. Can’t wait to try it.
meganeDecember 28, 2022
So full of flavor! we both loved this meal.
GenevieveDecember 31, 2022
The images won’t load for me at all 🙁