Paneer Chole

Paneer Chole

Paneer Chole – Chole (छोले) is the North Indian Punjabi dish and most of the time it’s made with potato (आलू) or without potato. Every North Indian love chole dish in any form. Today I am sharing one of my twisted chole recipe “Paneer Chole”; maybe other also made this, but I first made it when there is no potato (आलू) at home but have cottage cheese (पनीर) and then I gave try to this recipe. I just love this version of paneer chole. Hope you also love it.

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Paneer Chole

Recipe by VipashaCourse: Curries, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Veg FoodCuisine: Indian


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This Paneer Chole main course dish is a north Indian twisted dish and full of nutrition.



  • Wash and soak chickpea (काबुली चना / छोले) in water overnight or 8 hours.
  • Next morning boil these soaked chickpea (काबुली चना / छोले) with a potli of dry whole spices {clove (लौंग), cinnamon (दालचीनी), star anise (चक्री फूल) and bay leaf (तेज पत्ता)}.
  • In the meanwhile, make a puree of tomato (टमाटर). Grate onion (प्याज), ginger (अदरक) and garlic (लहसुन). Finely chop green chili (हरी मिर्च) and coriander leaves (हरा धनिया). Cut cottage cheese (पनीर) into cubes. Keep aside.
  • When chickpea (काबुली चना / छोले) boiled, remove dry whole spices potli and separate water from them. Keep aside both water and boiled chickpea (काबुली चना / छोले).
  • Now, heat oil in non-stick pan. Add cumin seeds along with chopped chop green chili (हरी मिर्च); grated ginger (अदरक) and garlic (लहसुन). Sauté in medium heat for a minute until raw aroma of garlic (लहसुन) goes away.
  • Immediately add grated onion (प्याज), sauté till onion (प्याज) become translucent.
  • Add tomato (टमाटर) puree and sauté for a minute.
  • Add red chili (लाल मिर्च) powder, turmeric (हल्दी) powder, coriander (धनिया) powder, chole masala powder and salt to taste. Cook 5-6 minutes over low heat till oil start separating from masala side. Keep staring in-between.
  • Now add boiled chickpea (काबुली चना / छोले); mix well so the masala coat over every chickpea (काबुली चना / छोले).
  • Add water which we separate from boiled chickpea (काबुली चना / छोले) {if require add more water but don’t add too much, we need little thick curry.}. Bring it to boil and cook cover simmer for 5-10 minute. Keep staring in-between.
  • Now add cottage cheese (पनीर) cubes and cook simmer for a minute or two.
  • Your paneer chole is ready, garnish with chopped coriander leaves (हरा धनिया) and serve hot with Jeera Rice, Paratha, Chapattis or Naan.


  • If you want you can shallow fry cottage cheese (पनीर) cubes before using them in dish. I don’t use shallow fried cottage cheese (पनीर) because it gave creamy taste to dish, which I love.
Image courtesy of Monali.mishra via Wikimedia Commons

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