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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
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 492kcal
Author Neil


  • 2 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 3 large onions chopped
  • 2 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoon green chilli paste
  • 1 and ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon 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