This vegetarian paneer and chickpea curry is not only healthy and easy to make, but it's incredibly low cost too. Tinned tomatoes, tinned chickpeas and a combination of store cupboard spices combined with paneer cheese make a deliciously mild family curry for four!

Paneer and Chickpea Curry

Tinned tomatoes, tinned chickpeas and a selection of store cupboard spices combined with paneer cheese make this a delicious paneer and chickpea curry for four!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chickpea curry, paneer chickpea curry, paneer curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 492kcal
Author Neil


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 large onions chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400 g tin chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 250 g paneer cheese* cut into 2cm x 2cm cubes so 6 cubes each serving
  • 180 g chopped spinach


  • Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Stir in the ginger and garlic paste and the green chilli paste and cook, stirring for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the salt, stirring for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the turmeric, cumin and chilli powder, cook for 1 minute, stirring well.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and cook for a further 2 minutes and turn off the heat once simmering.
  • Remove the contents of the saucepan to a food processor and blitz to a sauce consistency. Return to the pan. Or blend in the saucepan with a stick blender.
  • Heat the sauce until it is simmering, add the chickpeas and allow them to cook for 5 minutes,
  • Then add the paneer and spinach, cook stirring for a further 5 minutes.
  • Serve with naan bread.


* If paneer cheese is not available you can substitute with halloumi cheese instead.


Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 30.1g | Saturated Fat: 13.3g | Cholesterol: 63.8mg | Sodium: 1042.3mg | Fiber: 7.7g | Sugar: 11.2g | Vitamin A: 2400IU | Vitamin C: 56.9mg | Calcium: 530mg | Iron: 3.6mg