Paneer Chana Masala

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.

What do you think?

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  • LisaLisa
    December 2, 2022

    An interesting dish that I wouldn’t have thought of! How smart and tasty.

  • Tara Pittman
    December 3, 2022

    Thi dish looks so delicious. I love that it has chickpeas in it.

  • Forever My Little Moon
    December 3, 2022

    This looks like a really tasty dish! I’ll have to try it!

  • Kathy
    December 3, 2022

    I’ve never heard of this dish before. It looks really good. I would love to try it sometime.

  • Richelle Milar
    December 3, 2022

    Oh my this recipe looks absolutely delicious and tasty! Can’t wait to try this out!

  • Tammy
    December 3, 2022

    Confession time. I had to look up paneer. This really looks good. I will have to try some paneer.

  • Melissa Cushing
    December 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!

  • Samantha
    December 3, 2022

    Would love to try this! This looks so flavorful and delicious!

  • Beautiful Touches
    December 3, 2022

    This looks so tasty, I also can’t get over how gigantic that can of garbanzo beans is!

  • Lynndee
    December 4, 2022

    I’ve never had this dish before. I like trying different cuisines though. Will try your recipe sometime.

  • Renee
    December 4, 2022

    This looks interesting. Could you use another oil besides coconut? My husband is allergic to that.

  • Star Traci
    December 4, 2022

    Wow! It looks visually vibrant and full of just as much flavor.

  • Msjane90
    December 4, 2022

    This recipe looks so good and delicious! I want to try this!

  • Debra
    December 28, 2022

    Delicious. Loved all the flavorful spices.

  • Karen
    December 28, 2022

    Such a unique recipe! So glad I trie fit- turned out perfectly with very well balanced flavor. Will make again soon.

  • Priya
    December 28, 2022

    Made this dish for lunch and everyone at home totally loved it. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • Mary
    December 28, 2022

    Looks delicious. Love the flavors and spices. Can’t wait to try it.

  • megane
    December 28, 2022

    So full of flavor! we both loved this meal.

  • Genevieve
    December 31, 2022

    The images won’t load for me at all πŸ™

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    April 6, 2023

    This is so easy to do. The flavors are rich and warm. Will make again

  • Elizabeth
    April 6, 2023

    This looks utterly delicious. Do you think it would work with tofu instead of paneer?

  • Jean
    April 8, 2023

    Probably one of the best chana masala recipes ever. Thank so much.

  • Ramona
    April 8, 2023

    Oh my. I’m drooling over my phone right now. I must make this paneer chana masala asap. It looks soo delicious and wonderful. Thanks for the recipe πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜‹

  • Emily NK
    April 11, 2023

    I loved that this was so flavorful yet easy to make. Thank u so much!

  • Jeffrey
    April 18, 2023

    Can’t wait to try to make this.

  • Jeffrey
    April 23, 2023

    Looks yummy!