Paneer Sandwich Recipe (3 Variations)
Paneer Sandwich is a quick, delicious and protein-packed Indian sandwich made with crumbled paneer (Indian cheese), spices, veggies, herbs and bread. This paneer sandwich makes for a quick Breakfast or Snack and is kids’ friendly. Learn to make super delicious paneer sandwiches with 3 easy variations!! No cook paneer sandwich, paneer bhurji sandwich and 10 mins scrambled paneer sandwich. You can make them on a griddle on your stovetop or in a sandwich toaster.
Sandwiches are a great alternate to the time consuming traditional Indian breakfasts like paratha, poha, idli, dosa and upma.
Sandwiches are a favorite with my kids and sometimes they prefer to take it to the school in their box.
I make Paneer Sandwich in different ways. I have shared 3 ways to make it here in this post. All of them taste different and are easy to make .
I used this homemade paneer but you can also use store bought paneer. Just note that soft and moist paneer tastes best in these sandwiches.
3 ways to make Paneer Sandwich
1. No cook paneer sandwich : The stuffing is made by just mixing a handful of ingredients. You can toast the paneer sandwich in a grill or in a oven or even on a tawa. This method is the simplest and has been adapted from this cream cheese sandwich.
For this method you can use any sauce, green chutney, thick curd, mayo or any other spread of your choice. I used this schezwan sauce and thick curd.. I strained the curd and used.
2. Paneer bhurji sandwich in 10 mins : This one does not need a toaster. You can just temper the spice powders in little oil and then add the paneer. Stuff it in the bread and toast on the tawa.
3. Tawa paneer sandwich: The third method takes some time as the stuffing is made by sautéing the onion & tomatoes along with spices. Then paneer is added to it. The stuffing is made similar to the paneer bhurji.
I follow this 3rd recipe sometimes when I plan to use the stuffing for different foods like sandwiches, rolls or to serve as a side with some roti.
For this method stuffing can very well be prepared the previous night and refrigerated. It need not be heated up in the morning if you are going to use a toaster.
If making on tawa, heat up until warm and use it.
More sandwich recipes on this blog,
Egg bhurji sandwich
Boiled egg sandwich
How to make Paneer Sandwich (Stepwise Photos)
1. Add ½ cup crumbled paneer to a large mixing bowl. I used this homemade paneer. If your crumbled paneer is too dry then mash it a bit.
2. You can use any of your favorite veggies. Or can use only one veggie. If you use onion you have to use up the filling immediately otherwise the taste and flavor alters. So I did not add here. To the same paneer bowl, I added the following:
- ¼ cup grated carrots
- 2 tablespoons cucumber (very finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoons tomatoes (very finely chopped)
- 3 tablespoons boiled corn (very finely chopped).
3. Then add
- 2 tablespoons coriander leaves (chopped)
- 1 green chili (chopped, optional)
- 1 tablespoon sauce. I used this homemade schezwan sauce. You can use any sauce or even chutney.
- ½ teaspoon chaat masala (or 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
4. Mix everything well. Taste it and add more salt and spice if you like. I added half a lemon as my sauce wasn’t tangy. Mix up everything well. You can also keep this in the fridge for later use.
5. Spread any sauce on one slice. I used schezwan sauce, then spread the paneer mixture. On the other slice I used hung curd (thick curd). You can use sauce, thick curd, mayo, green chutney or any other spread you like.
6. Butter the bread slices and toast them in a sandwich toaster or oven. If you do not have a toaster, just place the sandwich on a tawa and grill until golden and crisp.
Cool down the paneer sandwich a bit and then slice.
You can find recipe 2 in the recipe card below.
1. Heat a with 1 teaspoon oil. Add ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds and allow it to crackle.
2. Add 1 small chopped onion and fry until transparent. Then add ¾ teaspoon ginger garlic paste and fry until it turns aromatic.
3. Add 1 finely chopped and mashed medium sized tomato. Add ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon turmeric. Saute for few minutes until the tomatoes break down.
4. Then add the following:
- ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
- ½ garam masala powder
- ¼ teaspoon kasuri methi (optional)
5. Saute everything well until it smells good just for 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Add ½ to ¾ cup crumbled paneer.
7. Stir and saute just until everything blends well. Do not over fry. Add coriander leaves. Stir. Set this aside to a plate. Check salt and add more if needed.
Assemble paneer sandwich
7. Butter the bread slices and toast on the same pan. You can also use a sandwich toaster or grill them in oven. Spread the cooked paneer mixture. You can add fresh grated carrot or any other veggies like raw onions, cucumbers etc Add some coriander leaves.
9. Place the other slice over. Press gently.
Slice it. Paneer sandwich is ready.
Paneer Sandwich Recipe (3 Variations)
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
Ingredients for recipe 1
- 6 slices brown bread
- 1 tablespoons butter softened
- ½ cup paneer crumbled
- 1 tablespoon sauce tomato sauce, chilli sauce or schezwan sauce
- 2 tablespoon tomatoes deseeded & fine chopped
- 3 tablespoon sweet corn boiled
- ¼ cup carrot grated
- 2 tablespoon cucumber deseeded & fine chopped
- 2 tablespoon coriander leaves fine chopped
- 1 green chilli chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice or ½ tsp chaat masala (optional)
- 2 tablespoon green chutney or any sauce or thick curd or mayo (to spread)
Ingredients for recipe 3 paneer sandwich
- 6 slices bread
- 1 ½ tsp oil or as needed
- ¼ tsp cumin
- 1 small onion chopped finely (optional)
- ¾ tsp ginger grated , or ginger garlic paste
- 1 small tomato chopped or tomato sauce
- 1 Pinch turmeric
- Salt (as needed)
- ¼ tsp red chilli powder (adjust to suit your taste)
- ¼ to ½ tsp garam masala powder
- ½ to ¾ cup paneer (crumbled )
- 2 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped
- ½ cup carrots Grated or beetroot or onion as desired
- ¼ cup capsicum finely chopped, or green peas (optional)
- ½ tsp kasuri methi
Instructions for Recipe 1 – No cook paneer sandwich
- To a mixing bowl add crumbled paneer, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, green chilies, coriander leaves and salt.
- Add 1 tbsp sauce or green chutney or thick curd along with chaat masala. Mix well.
- Taste this add more salt or sauce if needed.
- Butter the bread slices on the outer side. Spread sauce or mayo or curd or green chutney on the inner side.
- Spread the paneer mixture over the sauce and cover with another slice. Toast the paneer sandwich in a toaster or tawa until golden.
Instructions for Recipe 2 – paneer sandwich
- Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add a pinch of cumin & fry until they begin to sizzle.
- Add 1 chopped garlic and fry until fragrant.
- Then add ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder, ¼ to ½ tsp garam masala, ¼ to ½ tsp kasuri methi and salt.
- Add 1/3 cup crumbled paneer and fry just for 1 minute. Sprinkle coriander leaves.
- Butter 4 bread slices on one side. Spread the paneer on the other side.
- Place some onion slices, tomatoes & cucumbers. You can also smear some green chutney or tomato sauce on the inner side of bread slices. Toast on the same tawa.
Instructions for Recipe 3
- Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they splutter add onions and fry until golden.
- Add grated ginger & fry for a minute. Next put in tomatoes and salt. Saute untill soft.
- Stir in red chili powder, garam masala, kasuri methi & amchur powder. Mix and fry for a minute.
- Turn off the stove and add in crumbled paneer and coriander leaves. Check salt and spice add more if needed. Remove this to a bowl.
- Grilling on tawa or griddle – Apply ghee or butter on one side of the bread slice. Toast bread slices till golden. Then place the prepared paneer. Layer with some grated carrots, beets & onions. Cover with another slice and press down the paneer sandwiches with a flat wooden spoon.
- Grilling in toaster – You can also grill these in a toaster. Cut and serve paneer sandwich.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
© Swasthi’s Recipes
Paneer sandwich recipe originally published in September 2012, Republished in July 2019.
I’m Swasthi Shreekanth, the recipe developer, food photographer & food writer behind Swasthi’s Recipes. My aim is to help you cook great Indian food with my time-tested recipes. After 2 decades of experience in practical Indian cooking I started this blog to help people cook better & more often at home. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook I am sure Swasthi’s Recipes will assist you to enhance your cooking skills.
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I’m a French Lady with a love for Indian flavors. I tried your paneer sandwich using recipe 1. I also made your cilantro chutney because I didn’t have the mint leaves for green chutney. Our paneer sandwiches turned out absolutely delicious. Thank you. Will be making them again.
Glad to know Ivy. Thank you so much for trying and sharing back.
Very very yammy sandwich ❤️ thank you for the recipe my grandchildren loved so much I made paneer sandwiches
Glad to know they like the sandwiches. Thank you
Simple and testy receipe
It looks very tasty
Love this collection of sandwich recipes. Tried so many of them..Boiled egg, fried egg,aloo, mushroom, mixed vegetable etc. and they were all delicious.Today I tried with paneer and it was simply awesome.Will also try the remaining.Thanks for sharing.
Glad to know you tried so many of them.
I am just in love with your website and recipes. i have started living alone from a month now so I cook daily and once in a day I am following your way of cooking.
Can’t explain how much I love them.
Thankyou for easy and minimum incridients recipes.
Thank you! Glad you are loving them
Thank you for sending the recipes. Today I made paneer sandwich but I added only boiled corn it came out very good. My children take them to school today. They also eat for breakfast and said very nice. Thank you ma’am. Please send more recipes.
You are welcome. Glad they liked it. Yes I will share more recipes. Thanks for trying.
Your recipes are awesome. Please show a no cook paneer sandwich. Some that can be made in 10 mins
Thanks Janu. Yes I can.
Please next time send recipe without useing gas
Fantastic very good .
I love your recipes and have made a few of them, but wanted to know if you have a printable version of the recipe as my aunt is not familiar with the internet.
Thanks for the tasty and easy to understand recipes.
You are welcome. Actually we have a problem with one of the pulgins so the print option is not working. Trying to fix it. Thanks for trying the recipes
Awesome so delicious
Just tried and came very well.
Thank you so much
Glad to know it came out well.
Thanks for the comment
Wowwwwwwww its reallllyyy awsm……
I loved it n my family members too…..
Its totally a very good recepie for breakfast and tiffin…..
Thank you for sharing this…..
You are welcome
Glad to know you all liked it.
I am searching for something new.
I want to prepare something different.
This I am preparing last few years
if you can help me
I hope you saw the collection of sandwich recipes. There are 16 recipes, do check you may like some thing from that. You can also try paneer tikka sandwich
Great recipe…….I’m just learning to cook…..and this came out so well…my whole family loved it….Thank you so much..
Glad to know the paneer sandwich turned out good. Thanks for the feedback
I just made it…. And still gathering family vow’s …. Thanks for sharing it..
Thanks for sharing the info….
My kids loved this very much swasthi Garu. Thanks andi
Pls must share in Hindi language
will try to share in hindi
So many good recipes really liked your blog and following it 🙂
Just want to ask you that the pan you used in pics is diamond coated pan by sanjeev kapoor?
I wanted to buy that pan but after reading few reviews from flipkart I dropped the idea, if you are using the same then please share your experience. If not then please let me know which brand pan is it? I liked it so asking 🙂
I have no idea about the diamond coated pan, i suppose they are sold only in India.
The pan you see in the pics is from TEFAL brand, model REFLET, a 28 cm wok which costed me around 70 Singapore dollars. It is made in france and is quite durable and good. Multi layer nontoxic coating and metal spoon can be used. However it lasts only an year after that i find scratches and discard every year feeling it may not be healthy to use. If you want i can give the link, you can buy it online. If you have access to a cast iron kadai , i suggest you buy that. Healthy and non toxic as well. If you season well with oil after every wash, it will be as good as a non stick pan. Hope this helps.
Have a wonderful day.
Thanks for reply and suggestions, I use cast iron tawa and wok only as non-stick pans don’t last long 🙂 just curious about this product but confused because of good and bad reviews –
Now decided to stick to cast iron only 🙂
I really love cast iron pans but the only problem those available here are quite heavy and i cannot handle heavy pans. Planning to try one from India next time.