Hericot Verts & Paneer Warm Salad

by Kiran on August 31, 2012 · 80 comments

in Indian, Salads, Vegetarian

Do you know what day is it today???


It’s Malaysia’s Independence Day!!! I went overzealous with question marks and exclamation points, huh?

Malaysia is a melting pot of multi-culture, society, religion etc. We are blessed to have friends from different ethnicity and backgrounds, that eating has been and always will be a great variety and delicious experience.

If you were to visit my family back in Malaysia, you’d find my mom in the kitchen whipping up meals from different ethnicity i.e Punjabi, Malay, South Indian, Chinese, Thai etc. — the beauty of living in a multi-cultural society.

It only fits for me to present to you a simple, warm salad filled with different elements and colors to commemorate with our independence day.

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  • 6 oz paneer (homemade or store-bought), cubed
  • 2 handfuls of hericot verts, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, chopped
  • a handful of grape tomatoes, halved (or 1 whole tomatoes, chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Garnish: thinly sliced radish & mints


  1. Bring a few cups of water to boil. Add trimmed hericot verts and blanch for 2 minutes. Strain beans and add it in a bowl filled with ice cold water to stop the cooking.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium. Add olive oil. Once oil is hot, add cumin seeds and turmeric powder. Stir for a few seconds before throwing in finely chopped shallots.
  3. Add chopped ginger, grape tomatoes, green chillies and salt. Stir fry for a few minutes until fragrant.
  4. Pushing all ingredients aside, add cubed paneer and lightly brown for a few minutes.
  5. Combine hericot verts and stir fry just until everything is mixed. Sprinkle in some garam masala.
  6. Serve it hot/warm with a squirt of lime or lemon juice over cumin scented rice, chapatis or parathas.

We are off with our friends to enjoy the rest of the day, soaking up beautiful weather here in New Jersey. Have a great weekend my friends :)

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1 angela August 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

That looks amazing! Happy Independence Day to you! Hope you’re enjoying your trip!

To answer you’re question… I’m an Italian girl from Connecticut. There’s nothing like lasagna or homemade pizza. 😉
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2 Kiran September 5, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Angela — thank you and we are enjoying our trip!

ps: I’ve never tasted lasagna before. Ever ;D


3 angela September 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Seriously? If you’re still in the northeast, that would be the place to have lasagna! Or if you’re ever in Oklahoma I’ll make you one. 😉
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4 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I’m on my way back actually. But I’d take up on your offer whenever I visit Oklahoma :)


5 Tadka Pasta August 31, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Yeah, forget all those carbs, lets just eat bowls of warm salads. Such a pretty garnish too with those radish slices! And wish you a happy Independence day!
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6 Kiran September 5, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Tadka Pasta — Ditto about carbs 😉


7 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) August 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Happy Independence Day! I used to live in NJ – I miss it! Are you near NY? If so and if you are up for a little adventure (about an hour) email me and I will tell you about the best (IMO) pizza on the East Coast. It is unbelievable!!!!!
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8 Kiran September 5, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Alyssa — thanks and wished I read this comment sooner!! On our way back from New York and heading towards Orlando right now. Bummer :(


9 Rosa August 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I’d love to visit Malaysia… Happy Independance Day!

That vegetarian dish is fabulous!

Fondue, raclette, dried meat, saucisson (smoked sausage), rösti, etc… are 100% Swiss specialities, but then again there’s an immense variety of dishes as Switzerland is divided into 4 language areas/regions and 26 cantons…




10 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Rosa — thanks for sharing your local cuisine with us :)


11 lizzie - strayed from the table August 31, 2012 at 10:13 PM

This looks really beautiful Kiran and Happy Independence Day
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12 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Thanks Lizzie :)


13 Nami | Just One Cookbook September 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Happy Independence Day! Thanks to blogging and being connected to Malaysian blogger friends, I’m really interested in visiting the country one day – hopefully soon when we go back to Asia. Thanks for sharing this delicious salad. I love warm salad – it’s not as common but if I get to choose I like selecting it because salad becomes comfort food all the sudden (instead of “healthy” comes first). :) Have a great long weekend, Kiran!
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14 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Nami — thanks sweetie! I hope you get to visit Malaysia in the future. It’s a melting pot of culture and delicious foods :)


15 Choc Chip Uru September 1, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Happy Independence Day my friend 😀
What a lovely dish to celebrate with!

Choc Chip Uru
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16 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Uru — thanks love :)


17 Sophie September 1, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Waw! What a stunning & very tasty colourful recipe! I love it!
MMMM! Another of your tasty creations!
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18 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Sophie — thank you!


19 Abi September 1, 2012 at 5:46 AM

Salad looks yum. paneer is my favorite dish. I’m from Sri lanka. My
favorite is Jaffnese style of preparing eggplant curry.

We had a fabulous time indulging in all yum the & spicy Malaysia food like sambol, devi’s banana leaf, Chinese mock meat & we still drool over all Malaysia food we had. i hv also bogged some of my experiments
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20 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Abi — so glad you got to sample some of Malaysian’s finest cuisine. Thanks for sharing :)


21 Jamie September 1, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Happy Independence Day to you and your family! This is a wonderful dish, healthy and flavorful. Delicious! I wish I could find paneer here.

Dishes from my country? I grew up in Florida where the local specialties are fresh seafood (fried or boiled) and hushpuppies, citrus fruit, strawberries. Not really a dish, per se. And France? How about my adopted city of Nantes? Fresh seafood: scallops, oysters, perch. Beurre Blanc Nantais. Lamb’s lettuce, asparagus, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries. Gâteau Nantais… Love the food here!


22 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Jamie — never knew you were from Florida!!! I’ve got to visit France some day :)


23 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au September 1, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Its days like this you just want to be home…… I hope that you spoke to your family. You salad is colourful and a great mixture of things. happy Independence Day Malaysia
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24 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Tania — thanks love, and I did spoke to the family. Days like this makes me miss them even more :)


25 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake September 1, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Happy independence day! Hope it was a great day for you. Love the colours and ingredients in your dish, looks beautiful!


26 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Jenny — thank you!


27 Courtney Jones September 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Happy Independence Day! :)

This dish looks fantastic! I adore paneer :) It’s great that your paired it with fresh green beans. Yum! :)
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28 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Courtney — thank you!!


29 Ansh September 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I lived in KL for sometime. I loved it to the core. Happy Independence day Malaysia!!
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30 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Ansh — Thank you and wow, I never knew! So glad you loved living in KL :)


31 Reem | Simply Reem September 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Malaysia is beautiful!!!
A Very Happy Independence Day to Malaysia..
This salad looks really nice and very new… Loving the flavors…


32 Kiran September 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Reem — thanks dear!!


33 fabiola@notjustbaked September 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

This is beautiful. Happy Independence day to you!!! What a cool thing to share, I had no idea, and I love to learn about peoples heritage and back round, so thank you. And the turmeric in the recipe is calling my name, I love turmeric.
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34 Kiran September 7, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Fabiola — thanks so much! I love turmeric too :)


35 Margarita September 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Malaysia is one of the places I want to visit… Someday it will happen. Love this recipe Kiran! All those veggies with different characteristics playing together… And the paneer! Yum!

I’m from the Philippines and I think my favorite dish by far is chicken adobo. It’s chicken cookednin vinegar and spices!
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36 Kiran September 7, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Margarita — I’ve never heard of sampled chicken adobo before. From your explanation, it already sounds delish! Thanks for sharing :)


37 shama September 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM

delicious…super tempting . Join me in Fast Food Event – Pasta and Know your Sweetness- honey event in my blog.
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38 Kiran September 7, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Shama — thank you!


39 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Well Happy Independence Day to you then, enjoy your weekend!
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40 Kiran September 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Sylvie — thanks dear :)


41 mustardseed September 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

This is such an interesting salad! I have never had this combination before. I would love to give it a try. Beautiful photographs too!


42 Kiran September 7, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Mustardseed — thank you and do let me know how it tastes whenever you make it :)


43 Kathryn September 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Belated happy independence day! What a delicious sounding salad to celebrate :)
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44 Kiran September 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Kathryn — thanks love and I hope you are enjoying your vacation :)


45 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 2, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Happy Independence Day!
The paneer salad looks right up my alley. I could have this for lunch daily!
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46 Kiran September 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Angie — thanks love :)


47 Katherine Martinelli September 2, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Happy Malaysian independence Day! This looks soooo good – I love just about anything with paneer :-)


48 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Katherine — thanks love :)


49 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb September 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Belated happy independence day Kiran!
I was always fascinated about the stories people told me of Malaysia. I am totally for multicultural influence. Its nice to learn and share new foods, recipes and techniques with people from other backgrounds and culture. That’s what I call food evolution, and your french bean paneer salad shows us exactly that!
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50 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Helene — Thanks for the wonderful words of encouragement and enlightenment :)


51 Donalyn September 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Lovely – will be trying a version of this with the green beans we are getting from the garden this week – can’t wait!
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52 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Donalyn — Thanks dear, did you try this recipe? Bet it tastes so good with fresh beans from your garden :)


53 Tania @ A Perfect Pantry September 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

What a healthy looking meal – I’d eat this:)
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54 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Tania — Me too 😉


55 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 2, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Happy Malaysian Independence Day! I’ve only visited KL once but I spent a lot of time in the national museum. :)

I’m from the states and live in Australia so I claim the ice cream cone and pavlova. heh

I love your salad – the ingredients list makes my day.
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56 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Maureen — thanks dear and I’m so glad you got to visit Malaysia. Hope your stay was a wonderful experience :)


57 Suzanne September 2, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Looks like a delicious dish. What are hericots though?
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58 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Suzanne — Haricot verts are thin green beans, also commonly known as “french beans” :)


59 Cass @foodmyfriend September 3, 2012 at 2:04 AM

That looks like it would be perfect for me Kiran! Beautifully done :)
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60 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Cass — thank you my dear friend :)


61 Raymund September 3, 2012 at 4:22 AM

Though its a bit late, Happy Merdeka!
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62 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Raymund — It’s never too late 😉


63 Baker Street September 3, 2012 at 7:42 AM

A Very Happy Independence Day to Malaysia!!!! :)
The salad looks amazing, Kiran! I love the first picture. Simply stunning.
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64 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Anu — thanks dear :)


65 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Happy Malaysian independence day!! 😀 What a delicious way to celebrate :)
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66 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:17 AM

Lorraine — cannot agree more 😉


67 Simply Life September 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

oh what a beautiful meal! this is so healthy and colorful!


68 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Gina — thanks love :)


69 Sanjeeta KK September 4, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Wow..such a simple and healthy salad! No idea about the haricots!!??
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70 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Sanjeeta — haricot verts is a fancy word for “french beans” 😉


71 Asmita September 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM

This looks like an amazing salad! I love the combination of the haricots and paneer.
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72 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Asmita — thanks dear :)


73 Denise September 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Happy – late – independence day. I went to Malaysia last year and absolutely loved it, such a gorgeous country and delicious food! This salad looks perfect for the season, I love the idea of adding paneer to a salad!
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74 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Denise — thanks dear, and I am so glad you got to visit Kuala Lumpur and it’s natural beauty :)


75 Kitchen Belleicious September 4, 2012 at 10:08 PM

happy independence day! This salad is perfect for any occasion. I love the paneer added to it. Never thought of doing that before.
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76 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:47 AM

Jessica — thanks dear :)


77 Carolyn Chan September 7, 2012 at 6:16 AM

Happy Merdeka Day! Thanks for visiting my site, I looove yours and this recipe looks awesome.
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78 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:49 AM

Carolyn — your are welcome and thanks for visiting :)


79 amy @ fearless homemaker September 7, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Oh my, this sounds divine! Love that it’s warm (i’m not a huge fan of cold green beans) + has that lovely paneer in there!
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80 Kiran September 10, 2012 at 3:50 AM

Amy — I agree about cold green beans. A huge NO!


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