Shredded Paneer with Tomatoes, Chilies, Mushrooms and Chickpeas

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Craving some silky paneer, I came up with this spicy dish that includes some of my favorite textures and flavours. Truly a taste experience, it gets better with each bite. A colourful addition to any Indian meal, it could be served over steaming hot rice for dinner, or as a side to compliment vegetable and dal dishes. I served some of the leftovers with buttered toast for breakfast.
Shredded Paneer with Tomatoes, Chilies, Mushrooms and Chickpeas

2 teaspoons of oil
1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
5 - 6 hot green chilies, minced
1 teaspoon of turmeric
2 teaspoons of ground coriander
1/2 - 1 teaspoon of cayenne
1/2 teaspoon of asafetida
3 tablespoons of dried fenugreek leaves

3 medium large tomatoes, finely chopped
1 teaspoons of sea salt
200 grams of paneer, shredded
1 cup of cooked chickpeas

8 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Heat the oil in a large wok over medium heat. When hot, add the cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds and stir and fry for a few minutes or until the cumin seeds darken a few shades. Add the chilies to the pan and cook for another minute. Add the ground spices, asafetida and fenugreek leaves, stir and add the tomatoes and salt to the pan. Cook for roughly 5 - 10 minutes or until the tomatoes soften up and form a sauce-like consistency.

Now add the shredded paneer to the pan, along with the cooked chickpeas. Simmer gently for roughly 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the mushrooms and cook until they are browned and just begin to release their juices. Add the mushrooms to the paneer mixture, along with the cilantro, and cook for another minute or two. Serve hot in a bowl, or over a hot bed of rice.

Serves 4.
If you love paneer, you will want to try:
Paneer Pizza on Naan Bread
Mung Beans with Paneer Cheese
Matar Paneer
Baked Paneer and Chickpea Cutlets
Mung Beans with Cottage Cheese


Sujatha said...

this recipe is so different! Looks delicious.. I love paneer, and I'm always in the lookout for new paneer recipes.. How can I skip this?! :) so bookmarking..:)

Madhumathi said...

First time here..Love your pictures and recipes!
This recipe sounds delicious and wholesome..I love chickpeas,mushroom and paneer.Will try this for sure :)

Ashwini said...

First time here..You have a nice collection of recipes..This looks so yumm and delicious..

Soma said...

Very innovative! it has all the things I really like in it (except the paneer which I am not too fond, but with the other things i don't mind).. I can imagine all the textures going on there.:-)

Suparna said...

Hi Lisa,
First time to ur blog am am glad I'm here :) u have a wonderful blog and an amazing recipe collection :)
The paneer dish looks very healthy n mild superb for the tastebuds.Nice clicks

Arundathi said...

hmm never thought of shredding paneer! :) great idea. thanks.

Curry Leaf said...

Love the dish and obviously bookmarked.This month I am looking forward to cook from you.

gift said...

Thank very informative recipes, yummy..

Kiran said...

2 of my husbands ingredients, paneer and mushroom, so this is one I am definitely going to be trying. It sounds delicious, and I love the idea of having it with toast as well, I make tofu with mushroom and red capsicums to have for brunch. and this seems to be similar. Thanks for sharing.

Shree said...

Looks great.. I make a similar dish but do not add chick peas.. will try adding next time. I fry the paneer a little in 1 tsp oil before adding it .. it gives the paneer a bit of crunch.

Aparna said...

I haven't seen chickpeas made this way before. Looks like a nice "curry" for chappathis. I liked suggestion of serving this with toast.

zlamushka said...

great idea with shredding paneer, Lisa :-) You have been announced as T&T May, I hope you re excited, I heard other people are :-)
Could you please post a short article on the event, so your readers are aware of the challenge?


DEESHA said...

good one. I've never had chickpeas along with paneer

Kevin said...

This sounds really good. I like the paneer and chickpea combo!