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Grilled Veggie Panini Recipe | Panini with Indian spices | How to make Panini without a Panini Press.

Try this classic Italian grilled Panini sandwich with the magical Indian spices and please don't forget to comment, like, share and SUBSCRIBE to my channel Curry for the Soul on YouTube for more such easy and delicious recipes.

A Panini is a classic Italian grilled sandwich made with a special bread, stuffed with vegetables or meat or both together. It is then warmed in a Panini Press.

If you don't have a Panini Press, you can easily make this sandwich on a heavy cast iron skillet by keeping some heavy weight on it so that the vegetables and meat gets cooked to perfection and grill marks appear on the sandwich.

I have made this sandwich with multi-grain bread and it is loaded with roasted vegetables; eggplant, red onion, bell pepper, carrot, sprout moong (lentils) and topped with slice cheese. You can use any cheese of your choice.

Instead of the regular pepper powder, I have used the magical Indian Tandoori Masala powder, little bit since it is a veggie sandwich. If you use chicken or lamb for this recipe, you can use a bit more quantity of the masala powder.

So, friends, try this quick and delicious vegetarian meal and enjoy!!!


Prep time: 5 mins. Cook Time: 7 mins. Total Time: 12 mins.

Author: Curry for the Soul

Recipe Type: Vegetarian delights, lunch box ideas

Cuisine: Indo-Italian

Serves: 2


  • 4 slices of multi-grain bread slices or any bread of your choice

  • 1 eggplant cut into thin slices

  • 1 red onion cut into slices

  • 1/2 tsp Tandoori masala powder

  • Butter to spread on the bread

  • 1 capsicum cut into strips

  • 1 carrot, shredded

  • Moong (green lentil) sprouts

  • Slice cheese or mozzarella cheese

  • 2 sprigs of coriander leaves

  • Oil to brush the cast iron grill pan (you can use Panini Press if you have) or any other pan

  • Salt to taste

  • Tomato sauce (optional) or any dip of your choice


  1. Heat a cast iron grill pan and brush with oil

  2. Place eggplant slices and cook until 1 side is done

  3. Flip it over and remove when done and keep them aside

  4. In the same pan, roast the red onion slices until slightly brown

  5. Remove and keep them aside

  6. Sprinkle Tandoori masala powder on eggplant slices and onion

  7. Butter the bread on both sides

  8. Take one slice of bread, place eggplant slice, red onion, capsicum strips, shredded carrot, moong sprouts and sprinkle some salt and Tandoori masala powder, if you desire

  9. Place slice cheese and fresh coriander leaves

  10. Place the second slice of bread on top

  11. Same process for the other 2 bread slices

  12. Now heat the cast iron grill and brush some oil

  13. Place the sandwiches and keep some heavy weight on them so that the veggies cook evenly and grill marks show on the sandwich

  14. Flip the sandwich when one side is crisp

  15. Remove and drizzle some tomato sauce or enjoy it with any dip of your choice

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