Chana Dal and Paneer Recipe

One of my favourite recipe. Cottage Cheese (paneer) cooked with chana dal and Indian spices. Paneer gives you rich taste. Let’s learn to cook chana dal & Paneer Recipe.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 4 Persons

chana dal & paneer recipe by rasoi menu


  • 150 gm Paneer (Cottage Cheese)
  • 1 cup chana dal – soaked for 3-4 hours
  • 2 large tomatoes – roasted, peeled and chopped finely
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chopped coriander
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder

For Dry roast

  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 2 bay leaves (tej patta)
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 dry, whole red chilies

To Make Paste

  • 1″ piece ginger
  • 4- 5 flakes garlic
  • 1 onion

How To Make?

Step 1: Soak the chana dal for 3-4 hours.

Step 2: Stab a tomato on a fork deeply and hold it over a naked flame for 2-3 minutes to blacken and loosen the skin. Peel and chop the roasted tomatoes.

Step 3: Grind ginger, garlic and onion to paste.

Step 4: In an open pressure cooker, dry roast the whole spices and red chillies for 2-3 minutes on LOW flame till fragrant.

Step 5: Now, Add the chopped tomatoes and garlic-onion paste to the whole spices.

Step 6: Then, Cook it for 5 minutes on regular flame without closing the cooker.

Step 7: Now, Drain the chana dal and add to the tomatoes. Add 4 cups water, turmeric powder, salt and red chili powder.

Step 8: Close the cooker. Pressure cook to give 1 whistle and keep on LOW flame for 5-6 minutes. Remove from fire.

Step 9: When the pressure drops, open the cooker and add Paneer cubes and mix it well.

Step 10: Garnish it with coriander leaves and coriander powder and serve hot.


Kavita Parmar, a food lover at heart. She loves to experiment with healthy food recipes and likes to share her easy and yummy recipes with her foodie readers. Her followers call her by name “Royal Foodie”. You can follow her Royal food Journey at Rasoi Menu, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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