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Kids Lunch Idea: Paneer Croissants

Raise your hand if you love croissants. Now wave them around if you’re intrigued with the idea of Paneer Croissants! There comes a time in everyone’s life when getting into shape takes the topmost priority, and eating healthy seems like the only thing you can think of. For Hubby Dear and me, okay, maybe just me, not surprisingly these times always seem to prefix a big event – the annual vacation, that special dinner party, family coming for a visit, or the slowly creeping summer! This time, same as years past, my will to get into shape (read: lose some weight!!) is strengthened by the fact that our 2nd wedding anniversary is coming really close.

Recipe for Paneer Croissants taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

With just over 6 weeks to stick to my plan, things may not seem too easy, especially considering that I haven’t made that plan as yet! As I walked through the fresh produce aisle during our weekly grocery trip a few days ago – all the while dreaming of these Paneer Croissants, taking in all the wonderful shapes and colours of some not-so-crazy-about vegetables, I caught Hubby Dear wincing as I picked up a perky looking cauliflower.


HD: What’s that for?

Me: Ummn, we need to start eating healthy. I need to lose some weight to fit into that new dress I want to buy for our anniversary.

HD: What new dress? Wait, our anniversary is coming? Do I need to buy you a gift?

Me: Of course you do! It’s our anniversary!

HD: Yes sweety, but I just got you that wonderful thing for Valentine’s remember? I thought it would cover both occasions.

Me: Pity, but yea, you still have to buy me a gift.

HD: Okay, but can we at least not start eating cauliflower? You know you don’t like it either! Besides, I’ll only eat cauliflower if it’s in the form of Gobi Manchurian.

Me: Yes, but I saw some really fun recipes on many blogs that I’d like to try out. And besides, we need to get more veggies into our diet.

HD: But we already do! Look at the tons of tomatoes you just picked up! Now come on, could we just have Paneer Croissants for dinner tonight?

Me: Do you know how much butter goes into that dough? You might as well eat a whole slab of butter! No, I’m making us a healthier dinner.

HD: Okay, but then if we get into this healthy eating binge you’re dreaming of, then you do realize that we have to cut down on munchies, right? That means our Friday night ritual of movies and finger-food is gonna change. Which also means that World Cup party you’re planning to host can’t have those little treats you’ve planned. And that means you won’t be able to blog about them. I’m sure they’ll taste great, but your readers will just have to do without them. Well, I guess they can surely look forward to your boiled cauliflower recipe!

Me: Wait… I won’t be able to blog about them?

An hour later, I couldn’t help but notice the mile-long smile on Hubby Dear’s face as he bit into one of his Paneer Croissants. We were nestled on our couch in front of the big screen TV watching our favourite movie. The cauliflower, if you’re wondering, is happily sitting in my fridge waiting to be turned into a lip-smacking snack – like this Gobi Manchurian, in the next few days.

And the weight thingie? Eh! Who says I’m out of shape? Round is a shape!!

Paneer Croissants

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups crumbled paneer
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 can pre-madeΒ crescent rolls

Instructions

For the Filling:

  • Heat oil in non-stick pan, and fry onions and garlic till tender and slightly browned.Β 
  • Add in spices and salt, and fry for a few seconds before mixing in the crumbled paneer. Cook the paneer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally so that it blends well with the spices.
  • Take off the heat and mix in fresh cilantro. Let it cool to room temperature.

For the Croissants:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate the crescent triangles as directed in the package. For each triangle, gently roll out the dough to expand sightly in size, while keeping the same triangular shape.
  • Fill each triangle with a big spoonful or two of the cooled paneer filling and roll out the croissants as directed in the package – taking care to not let the filling spill out.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes till lightly browned and done.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you will surely love my Chicken Croissants and Chicken Tikka Quesadilla recipe as well.

Tried this recipe? Leave a Comment and let me know, also Rate it by clicking the number of stars on the recipe card. Want to share your version with me? Tag me on Instagram @hookedonheat

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    vinita
    September 7, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    5 stars
    they look so yummy! really a good one. thanks

  • Reply
    Ranjani
    April 25, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    5 stars
    Those Paneer Croissants look divine, I can almost feel them melting in my mouth:) I LOVE frozen puff pastry!

  • Reply
    Midwest Vegan
    March 17, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    5 stars
    I just found your blog and enjoyed reading through your posts. I used your basic recipe to make a variation of a (non-authentic) type of samosa. They were really good. I posted about it and gave you credit. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Monika Korngut
    March 16, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    5 stars
    I love your recipes, they are delicious!!

    I don’t want to be a self promoter, but check out my site, I try to live by the idea of “healthy living” and cooking in that style and I must say that we eat very well. There are even a few good recipes for cauliflower, the food is really delicious. The reason why I started this (probably like you and most bloggers) is because all my friends were always asking me how did I make that. Don’t get me wrong, I do love butter!!

  • Reply
    Altoid
    March 15, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    5 stars
    Hey Meena

    These Paneer Croissants turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

    –altoid

  • Reply
    Jyothsna
    March 15, 2007 at 7:21 AM

    5 stars
    LOL! That was funny!! I talked to my hubby about healthy food and he convinced me about aloo and gobi fry for lunch! Paneer Croissants are interesting, will try it. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    rashmi
    March 14, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    5 stars
    Hi Meena

    what a wonderful blog u have ! Its really awesome.very neat and clear and presentable too .All kudoos to u..keep it up….

    rashmi

  • Reply
    evinrude
    March 14, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    5 stars
    Haha. That was funny. I’ve been having the same issues with my weight (coincidentally my friends tell me, too, that round is a shape)! Especially if you consider the eating during Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, Post-School Term Celebrations… alright, everyday. So not surprisingly, I’ve been striving hard to keep to my diet and exercising routine! But who can resist the temptation of little treats (especially so because I LOVE baking). Don’t ever give up on all these “sinful” food alright? Because I will so miss seeing them on your blog!

    By the way, I’m loving the new layout!

  • Reply
    pritya
    March 14, 2007 at 6:40 AM

    5 stars
    Meena, Firstly we are all perpetually on a weight loss programme and these suggestions really help. The images of the dishes are really great and tempt the taste buds, Great going! And the Paneer Croissants – what a cute name and attractive presentation. Keep it going!

  • Reply
    Caroline
    March 14, 2007 at 5:59 AM

    5 stars
    Just wondered what other sort of pastry would be suitable to use as in England, we don’t get the cans of Pilsbury dough.

    Food looks great though.

  • Reply
    Linda
    March 14, 2007 at 5:14 AM

    5 stars
    Oh Meena, I just loved this. “Round is a shape” ~~ indeed! :):) Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Gini
    March 13, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    5 stars
    Paneer Croissants! Your husband sure knows how to get what he wants πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Aruna
    March 13, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    5 stars
    Meena,

    When I thought u just cant get any better, u bowled me out…. very nice writeup & the recipe. The thing I like abt ur recipes are that they are very simple to follow & they are fool proof, guaranteed results. I have tried quiet few recipes of urs. Ur snaps are above par, very professional.

    Thanks Meena, as somone said, y need a cookbook when we have a blog like urs.

    Keep up the good work. And I bet u look very beautiful as u are!!!

    Thanks,
    Aruna.

  • Reply
    Priya
    March 13, 2007 at 1:41 AM

    5 stars
    Every single time I have come to your blog in the last few days I have seen a new recipe…and just when I think it can’t get better you come up with another one to takes its place !! Wonderful creativity Meena!

  • Reply
    Julie O'Hara
    March 12, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    5 stars
    That was funny! Definitely don’t give up your favourite things, especially if you intend to blog about them. For me, someone who loves to eat but gains weight easily, I find that moderation and lots of exercise works for me. I’ll eat rather healthfully during the week, especially breakfast (oatmeal with raisins and flaxseeds) and lunch (tuna made with yogurt, canola mayo and tons of spices on a whole wheat English muffin); and I’ll keep it more relaxed on the weekends. Your food is pretty healthy as it is, but you could always do homemade pastry dough and cut out several tablespoons of butter. I’ve made various recipes for tart dough, scones, muffins whatever, and whether they have a ton of butter or a fraction of that amount, they all work in their own way. I think baking is a bit more flexible than some chefs would have us believe…and I’m trying your Paneer Croissants!

  • Reply
    Cynthia
    March 12, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    5 stars
    Meena,

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Of course round is a shape! That’s our world, round!
    Leave the cold and come down to the sunny Caribbean for the World Cup! I’m sure hubby dear would love to be here in Barbados for the finals.

  • Reply
    Aisy
    March 12, 2007 at 8:58 AM

    5 stars
    Thank you for this wonderful site. Your recipes are perfection and your pictures are inspiring. I appreciate your time and effort in giving tips, recipes and the sweet stories that accompany each meal. To many more happy hours in the kitchen!

  • Reply
    Priya
    March 11, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    5 stars
    The Paneer Croissants look delicious Meena! I have some filo dough I haven’t been using at all. I think I’ll make these Croissants and use it up, can’t wait until I go to the grocery store to get the crescents πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Anika From Darwin
    March 10, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    5 stars
    I never get over what a talented writer you are. Great work once again!!! Who needs cookery books when we’ve got your blog!!! πŸ˜€

  • Reply
    Chetan
    March 10, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    5 stars
    Love your site and all the recipes.

    PS: You are/have a very talented photographer!

  • Reply
    Rasa Malaysia
    March 10, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    5 stars
    Hi Meena,

    My recent post about hooked on heat was inspired by your blog…trust me when I said I was hooked on heat…spicy is the new sweet. πŸ™‚

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    Sig
    March 10, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    5 stars
    Lol, I love this post, i was really laughing out loud reading it, and the part about round being a shape… I love it πŸ˜€
    And wonderful recipe too..

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    MeltingWok
    March 10, 2007 at 2:07 AM

    5 stars
    Oh myy..I had those mini ones sold at the punjab store, hm..they are ready made prepacked in box, imported I think, I think I can stop buying from them now hehe, thanks to you. By the way, Meena, sorry for my ignorance, I don’t know how paneer looks like ? πŸ™ Thx for your time, and you have a lovely weekend, ohh..you know those finger foods, they are the new-age main course hehe πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    viji
    March 9, 2007 at 11:29 PM

    5 stars
    Nice snack and perfectly suitable for movie time!

  • Reply
    shaz
    March 9, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    5 stars
    ahhh… round πŸ™‚ lovely shape eh!

    I really love you blog as well, it’s so great. actually I wanted to write about it as one of my faves.

    thanks!

  • Reply
    Shawnda
    March 9, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    5 stars
    Great post! I often think “I could eat a salad tonight but who wants to read about cold vegetables and ranch dressing” πŸ™‚ The Paneer Croissants sound super interesting – this is the first time I’ve heard of Paneer so I’ll have to be on the look-out next time.

  • Reply
    Monisha
    March 9, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    5 stars
    I agree with you, round is a shape and a beautiful one at that! You have summarized the internal struggles a lot of folks go through while at a grocery store! Paneer Croissants look delicious!

  • Reply
    fayefood.com
    March 9, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    5 stars
    I love little stuffed crescents but I have to admit, I hate Pillsbury. I just feel it leaves a taste in your mouth that takes away from all of those other delicious flavours you have going on. I know time is an issue, but what about either (homemade) or even packaged crepes instead of the crescent? It would be something like a dosa, which I have no idea how to spell, but I think they are delicious.
    I love all of your inspirational photos.

  • Reply
    MarriedtoaDesi.com
    March 9, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    5 stars
    Meena,

    Love the Paneer Croissants! What a great idea. I would love to make this for my friends when they come over!

    Kanchana

  • Reply
    Zandria
    March 9, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    5 stars
    Well, if your weight-loss motivation is to lose some pounds before your anniversary, it sounds like you don’t have anything to worry about. Your husband obviously likes you just the way you are. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Supriya
    March 9, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe!…I love your site, the look of it, the variety of recipes (Indian, Chinese, soups …and what not) and the professional looking pictures…ROCK ON!

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