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Paneer Kathi Roll

vegetarian, gluten-free option*, vegan option**
Paneer Kathi Roll is a wrap that's filled with marinated paneer and flavored with cilantro and tamarind chutneys. So scrumptious!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 Kathi Rolls
Calories 219 kcal


for the paneer marinade

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder, substitute: paprika
  • 1/4 lemon freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup 5% Greek yogurt, 2% will work too I used Fage, make sure there is no water
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2- inch piece ginger
  • 1 cup onion, cubed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cubed
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cubed
  • 400 grams paneer, soaked in hot water, I like Haldiram's

for the ground spice mixture

  • 2 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder, substitute: paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 pods green cardamom

for the cilantro chutney

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp red onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Indian green chili
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro

for the paneer saute - filling

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • marinated paneer
  • all the ground spice mixture
  • 1 1/2 tsp chat masala, I like MDH
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • a squirt of fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste

to assemble paneer kathi roll

  • 1 roti, cooked, paratha works too
  • 2 spoonfuls of paneer filling
  • 1 tbsp Greek Yogurt, dluted slightly
  • 2 tsp cilantro chutney
  • 2 tsp tamarind date chutney
  • a few fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • a sprinkle of chat masala


Marinate the Paneer

  • Soak paneer in hot water for 20 minutes. I love Haldiram's brand.
  • Chop the ginger and garlic.
  • Prepare the marinade with yogurt, salt, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, ginger, garlic, and lemon juice.
  • Slice the paneer into half-inch slices, you can make them a little thicker if you prefer.
  • Chop the onion into half-inch cubes.
  • Chop the red and green bell peppers into half-inch cubes as well.
  • Add the paneer along with the onion, red and green bell pepper to the marinade. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, ground the whole spices in a coffee grinder.
  • Pulse until pulverized. Set aside.

Ground the Whole Spices

  • In the meantime, ground the whole spices in a coffee grinder.
  • Pulse until pulverized. Set aside.

Make the Cilantro Chutney

  • Combine all the ingredients for the chutney in a coffee grinder.
  • Blend. You can add water as needed.

Saute the Paneer Tikka Filling

  • Heat up a cast-iron skillet on medium heat. Once hot, add oil. Note: you can use a nonstick pan if you prefer.
  • Add the paneer tikka mixture to the skillet.
  • After 5 minutes, gently toss the paneer over.
  • This is what you should have. Now cook for another 5 minutes. You can lower the heat to low-medium heat.
  • Now add the ground spice mix from earlier. Gently toss without breaking up the paneer. Cook for another 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • This is what you should have.
  • Add chat masala and red chili powder. A little squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Your paneer tikka is ready.

Cook the Roti/Paratha - Assemble the Paneer Kathi Rolls

  • Cook a roti or paratha on a castiron skillet. I used roti since it's healthier. You can use homemade or store-bought.
  • Add about 2 spoonfuls of paneer tikka to a roti.
  • Top with yogurt, green chutney, and tamarind chutney.
  • Garnish with chat masala and fresh cilantro.


* for gluten-free option: use GF flatbread. You can easily find GF roti at the Indian grocery store, or try homemade. You can also substitute a GF tortilla in place of roti/paratha.
** for vegan option: use tofu in place of paneer. Also, use dairy-free yogurt instead of traditional Greek yogurt for the marination.


Serving: 1Paneer Kathi RollCalories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 9gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 288mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 527IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 271mgIron: 1mg
Keyword kathi roll, Paneer
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