Paneer Chutney Sandwich

November 27, 2018mayurisjikoni



My family enjoys a good sandwich anytime. Just ask them what shall I make be it for travel, picnics, as quick meals, the answer is always sandwiches. For the kids it began with butter and jam sandwiches and then slowly we progressed to sandwiches with veggies, cheese, etc.

What is a Sandwich? Its basically some food item in between two pieces of bread. The breads can be from the regular square slices, baguettes, croissants, bagels, wraps, pita bread to rolls. Whenever I visit Montreal, I love to use bagels or sourdough bread for sandwiches. However, here in Mombasa its either use what bread is available or bake one. If I bake one, then that really doesn’t count as a quick meal.

As to the filling it can be raw vegetables like carrots, cucumber, lettuce, cabbage, cooked or roasted veggies like eggplant, zucchini, different types of cheese, different types of meat, eggs, fish, left over dry food, like potatoes, meat, etc. Add sauces, mayonnaise, chutneys, dips, for extra taste, add herbs etc. The options are endless.

My family’s all time favorite is toasted sandwiches with a veggie filling or Bombay sandwich. By the way have your tried the ones sold outside Friendship Shop in Santa Cruz West, Mumbai? Simply to die for! Whenever I go to UK, one of the ‘must do’ on my list is a delicious egg and cress sandwich from Marks and Spencer.

The word sandwich may have originated from a story about John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. It is believed that around 1762, he asked his cook to prepare him a meal which could be consumed during his 24 hour gambling session without him using a fork and knife and the cards becoming greasy. The cook served a piece of meat between two slices of bread. Pretty soon others started ordering ‘A Sandwich’. But history says that sandwiches existed way before the Earl of Sandwich or rather his cook made them popular. The Jewish sage Hillel the Elder would wrap meat with bitter herb in a soft matzah, a soft unleavened bread during Passover.

Sandwiches have become popular world over. For the sandwich theme for the Healthy Wellthy group, I decided to make a paneer sandwich with two different condiments, a basil pesto and red chili sauce, both homemade. Adding a little zing to the sandwich was a must. The taste of basil coupled with the hot garlic and red pepper chutney made the sandwich taste a bit herby, a bit hot and a bit garlicky.

paneer chutney sandwich 1

paneer chutney sandwich 2

paneer chutney sandwich 3

paneer chutney sandwich 4


Makes 4

4 small buns, white or wholewheat

100g paneer, cut into four slices

1 small cucumber, sliced

1 tomato, sliced

2-3 tbsp basil pesto sauce

2-3 tbsp garlic and red pepper chutney

6-8 black olives, pitted and sliced

1 tbsp olive oil

salt as required

  1. Heat a pan over low heat.
  2. Add oil and let it become hot.
  3. Add the paneer slices and roast them on both sides till they become golden brown in colour.
  4. Keep the paneer on the side till required.
  5. Cut the buns into half.
  6. Lightly toast the buns.
  7. On one half of the bun spread some pesto sauce.
  8. Place the paneer, tomato and cucumber slices.
  9. Add the olive slices.
  10. Sprinkle some salt over it.
  11. Smear the top half of the bun with the chili sauce.
  12. Place it on top of the layered paneer, tomato and cucumber.
  13. Serve immediately.
  14. Repeat steps 7 to 13 with the remaining buns, paneer, tomato, cucumber and olive slices.



  • Use vegetables of your choice. Can replace the cucumber and tomato with roasted zucchini, bell pepper etc.
  • Use sauces of your choice.
  • Use bread of your choice.


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Sharing this recipe with the following event:

Healthy Wellthy Cuisines






Members of this group get together every fortnight and cook a dish depending on the theme.

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Veg Cheese Sandwich by Geetanjali Tung

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  • The Girl Next Door

    November 28, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I have never used paneer in a sandwich before, and I wonder why, considering the way I make sandwiches out of anything and everything. 🙂 Love this – the sandwich looks so delectable!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, when in India I use paneer so often for sandwiches.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    November 28, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Such a lovely use of paneer in sandwich here di !! Looks super scrumptious   . Paneer chutney sounds really so yumm…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you Sasmita.

  • Ruchisvegkitchen

    November 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Fantastic share dear. Love paneer in anything and everything . Lovely recipe. .. My daughter love such sandwiches..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Ruchi..then your daughter and I would just get alone fine over paneer sandwiches 🙂

      1. Ruchisvegkitchen

        November 28, 2018 at 8:56 pm


  • Shalu

    November 28, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Me and my son love paneer in any and every form. We often make this pan fried Paneer sandwich and love it.
    Yours is looking absolutely scrumptious😋😋

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 29, 2018 at 12:27 am

      Thank you so much Shalu… my daughter and I love paneer sandwiches.

  • curryandvanilla

    November 29, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Great idea to add paneer in sandwiches for added protein content! Pesto sounds so yummy and delicious! I can have sandwiches any time of the day; yours is a good variation I will try the next time I make some! Fabulous share dear!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you so much Vanitha and yes adding pesto to sandwiches makes it more flavorful.

  • Geetanjali Tung

    November 29, 2018 at 4:47 am

    What a beautiful combo! Paneer and chutney… Its drooling here😋 Fabulous share!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you so much Geetanjali.

  • Mildlyindian (@mildlyindian)

    November 29, 2018 at 5:41 am

    This sandwich is a sure try for me. the spicy sauces and the paneer look amazing. Love the shot holding it all together, yumm

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you so much Seema.

  • jayashreetrao

    November 29, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Loved this sandwich, it looks so delectable. Paneer filling is the favourite with my children.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree, I love paneer sandwiches.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    December 5, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Loved the idea of using toasted paneer pieces in sandwiches. Pesto sauce, chilli sauce, cucumber, tomato wow I can imagine the taste. Superb share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata.

  • Sri Mallya

    December 6, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Totally in love with the recipe. Looks so yummy too. Pinned!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you so much Sri.

  • mandycookveggielicious

    December 6, 2018 at 12:43 am

    This sounds so good! I’ll have to check out that sandwich place should I ever return to Mumbai – last visit was in 2002 so definitely overdue a return visit!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Mandy, do check out the sandwich place, its still there.

  • Lathiya

    December 6, 2018 at 1:57 am

    The chutney and paneer sandwich looks scrumptious…awesome desi twist in the international sandwich flavor

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much Lathiya.. the burst of flavors were awesome.

  • Shobha

    December 6, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Nice option.. it can be had with various fillings

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      That’s true Shobha, so many different options are there to pair paneer with.

  • Shazia Khan

    December 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    This looks so delicious!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you so much Shazia.

  • lucyparissi

    December 6, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Halloumi was made for putting in a bun. Love your sauces that you’ve included to add moisture and flavour.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Lucy.

  • Claire Jessiman 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🍽🥂 (@foodiequine)

    December 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve only ever used Paneer in curry but I’ve used Halloumi in a sandwich like this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      Claire do try paneer, it tastes good in sandwiches.

  • Cat

    December 6, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I love the idea of you coming to the UK and having an egg and cress sandwich! M&S do make lovely sandwiches but the flavours in yours are much more exciting than a lot of theirs!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks Cat, home made are best but having an M&S sandwich is perhaps just nostalgia

  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    December 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    I love paneer in any form, I would surely enjoy this sandwich! It looks very tempting 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 6, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you so much Freda.

  • simplysensationalfood

    December 8, 2018 at 1:12 am

    This sounds like the perfect flavours to add to a sandwich.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 8, 2018 at 1:13 am

      Thanks Nayna.

  • Swati

    December 11, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I love both basil pesto and red pepper Chutney!! This one is surely going to on my do make and eat list!! Lovely share!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you so much Swati, I too loved the combination.

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    August 9, 2020 at 8:56 am

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