Paneer Sandwich Recipe (2 Ways)

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Indian cottage cheese or Paneer is definitely one of the well-known sources of proteins for vegetarians. While it is used to make a number of curries, pakoda, dry preparations, etc, this Paneer Sandwich gives you 2 recipes to make a wonderful snack. There are also other ways to make it, but both these Paneer Sandwich recipes are easy as well as delicious. You can make these for breakfasts, evening snacks or a light lunch or dinner.

paneer sandwich with cheese served on a white plate with text layovers.

A Sandwich Is For Keeps

The whole world loves a sandwich. I mean I really don’t think that I’ve ever come across a person who feels otherwise for a sandwich.

Also, there’s no limit to what you can stuff between breads and create a hearty, filling and scrumptious snack. Whether the most usual filling or an unusual one, a sandwich is for keeps!

An easy grab-on-the-go, a sandwich is versatile beyond limits. This is one of those dishes that is actually popular worldwide as a street snack as well as featured on some of the most avant garde menus at fine dine restaurants.

Various food cultures on the globe boast of their sandwich specialties, which can be grilled, toasted, plain or even cold.

Whatever said and done, sandwiches are super in every possible way. It has many layers that can be rightly termed as layers of love made edible.

For instance, take this Paneer Sandwich only. How just 2 variations of the same stuffing can create 2 different sandwiches, that are convenient to make, comforting to the soul and really toothsome. Also, suitable for everyone across all age groups.  

About Grilled Paneer Sandwich Recipe

My first recipe of Paneer Sandwich uses a stuffing of crumbled cottage cheese mixed with some basic Indian spice powders, curd (yogurt) and seasonings.

This is then spread onto bread slices slathered with butter, green chutney and finally topped with sliced onion and red bell pepper.

The coriander chutney perks up this Paneer Sandwich with its refreshing, zingy, citrusy flavors and a bright color note.

If you don’t have fresh coriander leaves handy at home, then opt for a mayonnaise or cheese spread. This chutney can also be made with fresh mint leaves.

I would recommend you to use fresh homemade Paneer for both these sandwich variations or any other recipe that use cottage cheese.

The paneer that you make at home is not only super fresh, but is also free of additives or preservatives.

At home, we love warm and spiced sandwiches. Hence, this recipe of the Paneer Sandwich is apt.

However, if you don not like it this way, you can reduce the spices and herbs in it. These sandwiches can also be grilled, toasted or had without grilling as well.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Paneer Sandwich

Recipe 1

Make Coriander Chutney

1. To make the coriander or cilantro chutney, take 1 cup tightly packed coriander leaves (which have been rinsed thoroughly in water and drained) and 2 green chillies in a small blender or grinder.

Add ½ teaspoon chaat masala powder and salt as required. Grind or blend till fine and smooth. No need to add water while blending or grinding.

If you cannot blend, then add 1 or 2 tablespoons water. Take the chutney in a bowl and keep aside. A few drops of lemon juice can be added.

coriander chutney for paneer sandwich.

Prepare Paneer Stuffing

2. Crumble 200 grams paneer in a bowl or pan. Do not crumble finely. Some small chunks of paneer is fine. You can even chop paneer in small cubes instead of crumbling.

crumbled paneer in a bowl for stuffing.

3. Add the following spice powders:

  • 1 pinch of turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
spice powders added to the crumbled paneer.

4. Add 2 tablespoons fresh curd (yogurt). Season with salt as per taste.

fresh curd and salt added to the crumbled paneer.

5. Mix very well.

spice powders, curd and salt mixed well with the crumbled paneer.

Make Grilled Paneer Sandwich

6. Take the bread slices and spread some butter on them. I have used whole wheat bread.

You can use any bread of your choice like brown bread, white bread, multigrain bread or whole wheat sandwich bread.

buttered bread slices.

7. Spread the prepared coriander chutney on the slices. Addition of chutney is optional and you can skip it also.

Or you can use any green chutney you have like, mint chutney or mint coriander chutney. Other options are mayonnaise or your preferred sauce.

prepared coriander chutney spread on buttered bread slices.

8. Now, place some thin onion slices and sliced bell pepper. I have used red bell pepper. But you can add green or yellow bell pepper or skip them altogether.

onion slices and sliced red bell pepper added on two bread slices.

9. Sprinkle a few pinches of chaat masala on top.

chaat masala sprinkled on top of the vegetables.

10. Add the prepared paneer stuffing.

paneer stuffing added on top of the vegetables.

11. Cover with the remaining bread slices on which both butter and coriander chutney have already been spread.

covered with other chutney and buttered bread slices.

12. Place the paneer sandwiches in a preheated sandwich maker.

prepared paneer sandwiches placed on a preheated sandwich maker.

13. Grill till crisp and golden.

sandwiches grilled till golden.

14. Remove and serve grilled Paneer Sandwich hot or warm with any dip or sauce of your choice. You can serve it with tomato ketchup, mint chutney or coriander chutney.

paneer sandwich with cheese served on a white plate with a bowl of sauce kept on the top left side and text layover.

About Fusion Paneer Sandwich

My second recipe is that of a Veggie Paneer Sandwich which uses a stuffing of crumbled cottage cheese mixed with some western herbs, green chilies, some Indian spice powders and seasonings.

This is then spread onto bread slices slathered with butter, topped with slices of different veggies and finally sprinkled with salt and some spice powders.

I have done a fusion of Italian and Indian flavors in this sandwich. In this, the paneer has an Indo-Italian touch to it with the use of herbs, while the vegetables are spiked with Indian spices.

This recipe is a variation of the Bombay Veg Sandwich, which has paneer, assortment of vegetables and chutneys that makes it more nutritious.

vegetable paneer sandwich triangles served on a white platter with dots of coriander chutney on each sandwich.

You can make this Fusion Paneer Sandwich even if you don’t have all or a few of the veggies at home.

Prepare them with whichever veggie you have out of the list or just with the paneer stuffing, it is going to be awesome any way.

I have used fresh basil, celery and coriander for the paneer stuffing. Similarly, you can make delightful sandwiches by combing different flavors. Turn your sandwiches vegan-friendly by using tofu and oil.

This Fusion Paneer Sandwich uses a homemade whole wheat bread. Other choices include brown bread, multigrain bread, white bread, etc.

Serve this sandwich with tomato ketchup, coriander chutney or even a basil pesto. Mouth-watering all the way!

Step-by-Step Guide

Step-By-Step Fusion Paneer Sandwich

Recipe 2

Ingredients

For Paneer Stuffing

  • 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 4 to 5 Italian basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or red chili flakes
  • 1 green chili – chopped
  • salt or black salt as required

For Sandwich

  • 8 to 10 slices of whole wheat bread or brown bread or white bread
  • 1 medium size tomato – sliced thinly
  • 1 beetroot – boiled, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 potato – boiled, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 medium sized onion – peeled and sliced thinly
  • Chaat masala as required
  • Cumin powder as required
  • Butter or olive oil as required

Instructions

1. Crumble 200 grams paneer with your hands or grate it. Add the following herbs, spices, seasonings and mix well:

  • 4 to 5 chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 chopped green chili or ½ teaspoon, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • salt as per taste
prepared paneer stuffing in a bowl.

2. Spread or brush some softened butter or olive oil on bread slices. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the prepared paneer stuffing on the bread. Sprinkle some chaat masala and ground cumin powder.

Place 2 to 3 slices each of boiled potato, raw onion, boiled beetroot and tomato. Sprinkle a few pinches of salt, chaat masala and cumin powder again.

one buttered bread slice topped with some prepared paneer stuffing and boiled vegetable slices.

3. Place the second buttered or oiled bread on top and either grill or toast the sandwich. Here I have used my old sandwich hand toaster which works on stovetop.

toasting prepared vegetable paneer sandwich in a hand toaster.

4. Once the sandwiches are browned, remove and spread some butter if required on them. 

Serve Fusion Paneer Sandwich hot or warm with tomato ketchup, mint chutney or coriander chutney.

Assemble and grill or toast the remaining sandwiches this way and serve them hot.

vegetable paneer sandwich triangles served on a white platter with dots of coriander chutney on each sandwich.

Expert Tips

  1. Paneer: For best sandwiches, use fresh paneer. If you use frozen paneer, the stuffing can turn out to be a bit dry. When buying paneer from a store, ensure that it is fresh and moist. If not, prepare it at home.
  2. Bread: A homemade whole wheat bread is what I have used for this recipe. You may use others like brown, white, multigrain or even a whole wheat sandwich bread. Even sourdough bread or ciabatta are a few options
  3. Spreads: If you don’t feel like using green chutney, don’t. Put your creative streak to use by opting for Eggless Mayonnaise, Hung Curd (greek yogurt), cream cheese or your preferred spreads or sauces. A pizza sauce would also taste good.
  4. Vegan Alternatives: Tofu for paneer, olive oil for butter and a vegan yogurt for regular dairy curd are some plant based options you can opt for.
  5. Grilling Sandwiches: You can choose to grill the sandwiches in a skillet or a stovetop sandwich maker or use a panini press or an electric sandwich maker.

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paneer sandwich served on a white plate.

Paneer Sandwich Recipe (2 Ways)

Paneer Sandwich is quick to put together and makes for a simple, easy and delish breakfast or snack. Here you get 2 recipes to prepare Paneer Sandwich making for a wonderful snack that are easy as well as delicious. You can make these for breakfasts, evening snacks or a light lunch or dinner.
4.92 from 23 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Indian
Course Snacks
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 5
Units

Ingredients

Main ingredients

  • 200 grams Paneer – crumbled (cottage cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons Curd (yogurt)
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder or paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander Powder (ground coriander)
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • ½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • salt as required

Other ingredients

  • 1 onion (medium-sized)- thinly sliced in rounds
  • 1 red bell pepper (small to medium-sized) – thinly sliced
  • chaat masala as required
  • Green Chutney or sandwich chutney as required
  • Butter as required
  • 10 to 12 bread slices – whole wheat or brown or multigrain or white bread

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Crumble 200 grams paneer in a bowl or pan. 
  • Do not crumble finely. Some small chunks of paneer is fine. You can even chop paneer in small cubes instead of crumbling.
  • Add the following spice powders: 1 pinch of turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, ½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder).
  • Add 2 tablespoon curd (yogurt or dahi). 
  • Also season with salt.
  • Mix very well.

Making paneer sandwich

  • Take the bread slices and spread some butter on them. 
  • Spread sandwich chutney on the slices. 
  • Now place some thin onion slices and sliced bell pepper. 
  • Sprinkle a few pinches of chaat masala on top. Place the paneer stuffing. 
  • Cover with the remaining bread slices on which both butter and sandwich chutney has already been spread.
  • Place the paneer sandwiches in a preheated sandwich maker.
  • Grill until crisp and golden.
  • Remove and serve paneer sandwich hot or warm with any dip or sauce of your choice.

Notes

Fusion Paneer Sandwich, Recipe 2:

Main Ingredients
  • 8 to 10 slices of whole wheat bread or brown bread or white bread
  • 1 medium size tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 beetroot – boiled, peeled, sliced
  • 1 potato – boiled, peeled, sliced
  • 1 medium sized onion – peeled and thinly sliced
  • Chaat masala as required
  • Roasted cumin powder as required
  • Butter or olive oil as required

For Paneer Stuffing
  • 200 grams paneer (Indian cottage cheese)
  • 4 to 5 Italian basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or red chili flakes
  • 1 green chili – chopped
  • Rock salt or black salt as required


Method

  1. Crumble the paneer in a bowl.
  2. Add all the fresh herbs, oregano, green chilies, red chili powder, pepper powder and salt. Mix well.
  3. Slice all the veggies thinly.
  4. Spread butter on the bread or brush some oil. Place the paneer mixture on the bread.
  5. Sprinkle a few pinches of chaat masala and cumin powder.
  6. Place the two or three slices of each veggie on the paneer stuffing.
  7. Sprinkle again some salt, chaat masala and cumin powder.
  8. Place the other buttered slice on the top. Either grill or toast the paneer sandwich till crisp and browned from both sides.
  9. Brush some oil or butter on the top of the sandwiches. Serve veg paneer sandwich hot with mint coriander chutney and tomato sauce.

Tips:

  • It is best to use fresh paneer and also make sure that the paneer is not very dry. 
  • You can skip any of the veggies in either of the recipes or add your preferred veggies.
  • If you do not prefer coriander chutney as a spread, use mayo, pizza sauce, hung curd (greek yogurt) or your favorite sauces or spreads.
  • Feel free to use white bread, brown bread, whole wheat bread or multigrain bread. 
  • For vegan options, use tofu, oil or vegan butter and vegan yogurt.
  • Both the recipes are scaleable to make for small parties or potlucks.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Paneer Sandwich Recipe (2 Ways)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 484mg21%
Potassium 234mg7%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1014IU20%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 3mg15%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 6µg6%
Calcium 269mg27%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 43µg11%
Iron 5mg28%
Magnesium 52mg13%
Phosphorus 135mg14%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Paneer Sandwich recipe from the archives originally published on Jan 2017 has been updated and republished on May 2023.

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28 Comments

  1. Made the first version of paneer sandwich and it tasted very good.
    Everyone in my family like the grilled paneer sandwich.5 stars

  2. Hello, I like your recipes. You explain and show them in very detail. I was wondering if it’s possible to have a recipe to make paneer at home with options to use either white vinegar or citric acid.
    Thank you5 stars

    1. Thanks. I have shared the method for making paneer. You can check it How to make Paneer. You can use white vinegar. I have not used citric acid so I do not know what the result is like.

  3. Love all of your recipes! Tried this one and just like the other recipes of yours, it turned out delicious! Thanks for sharing.5 stars

    1. glad to know smita. thanks for letting me know. welcome and happy cooking. thanks for the rating too.

  4. I make sandwiches on those rare days when I feel lazy to prepare something elaborate.since I had paneer and previously prepared green chutney,this fitted the bill perfectly.tasty, filling and more importantly loved by everyone at home.

    1. thanks winnie for this feedback. i also make sandwiches when i want something quick to prepare or am busy. so i make green chutney and keep in the fridge. when green chutney is ready, it is easier and quicker to make sandwiches.

    1. it is morphy and richard. it has three plates – for grill, toast and waffle.

  5. What brand of sandwich maker do you recommend? Would love to try this recipe.
    Thanks for sharing it!

    1. welcome michelle. i am using morphy and richards and its a good one. but you can search for better brands and check the reviews online.

  6. Simple and delicious!
    Ma’am can you please add recipe for French onion soup5 stars

  7. Hi dassana,
    It seems from the pics that you didn’t apply butter on the outer side of bread & still got crisp exterior. I was wondering because I have always applied butter on the outer side also thinking that this will give the golden look to the sandwich..

    1. ruchi, i have not applied butter outside. i guess i spread too much butter on the inside of the bread. so when grilling the butter has come out on the top side through the bread and made it crisp. but many times i do not apply butter for most sandwiches on outside and they turn out crisp.

  8. Hi ,

    Thank you for all your efforts. Can you please suggest me which sandwich maker is the best available in India preferably online. Also suggest me which one has good painini and sandwich option as well.

    Thank you5 stars

    1. welcome nanditha. i do not know which sandwich maker has a panini option. i am using morphy richards brand and it has grill, toast and waffle option. i have not yet tried the waffle option. but the sandwich maker is a good one.

  9. Looks so tempting. Will try it soon.
    Could you please suggest some snacks for a dinner party that can be made ahead.. Heated and served..
    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Bhawna5 stars

    1. Welcome Bhawna. fried snacks are best served hot. Steamed snacks like idli, dhokla, khandvi can be warmed up before serving. Baked snacks like baked samosa, baked kofta (veg kofta) can be warmed up and then served. all these recipes are posted in the blog.