Green Moong – Paneer Masala

Green Moong - Paneer Masala
Green Moong – Paneer Masala

Being from southern part of India, we were introduced to paneer quite late compared to my north Indian friends. Most of my family still do not like this Indian cheese. I have started using it more regularly (once in 15days or so) in recent years to get some protein in our diet. Few days back I had soaked some green moong and I wanted to use up a block of paneer from freezer, so I decided to combine both to make this green moong – paneer masala. I made it a bit tangy and spicy, tasted great with chapatis.

Heat oil and add whole spices. Add onion, ginger-garlic.
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Add all spices, followed by tomatoes.
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Add moong, paneer, water and cook till done.
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Green Moong - Paneer Masala

A spicy and tangy sprouted green moong and paneer masala gravy that goes well with chapatis or rice.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 -4


  • 2 cups sprouted green moong
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 tea spn ginger paste
  • 1 tea spn garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes
  • 15-20 pieces of paneer
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 " cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1/2 tea spn amchoor powder
  • 1 tea spn chilli powder
  • A pinch turmeric
  • 1/2 tea spn garam masala or goda masala
  • 1/2 tea spn coriander powder
  • 1/2 tea spn cumin powder
  • Oil
  • Salt


  • In a thick bottomed pan or directly in pressure cooker, heat a little oil and add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf.
  • Then add onion, ginger-garlic paste and fry for few mins.
  • When the onions are translucent, add chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala(or goda masala), coriander-cumin powder.
  • Fry till a nice aroma comes out.
  • Add tomatoes and fry till they are mushy.
  • Add the moong, paneer, 1 cup water, salt and cook till done.
  • I cooked the mixture of 2 whistles. The paneer became quite soft(It was quite hard to begin with). So if you have a soft paneer, I suggest adding it at the end after the moong is cooked.
  • Serve hot with roti/chapati or rice.


3 thoughts on “Green Moong – Paneer Masala”

  1. Very interesting combo ??. I tend to sprout moong n use always for my dishes & will definitely try this next week & let you know ?

  2. Shilpa, using tofu instead of paneer is more nutritious…

    Thank you so much for so many traditional recipes. I have made date cake so many times…

    blog : global vegan fare

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