Being fed up with never being able to find paneer in my local supermarket when I need it, I spotted some in M&S and bought a couple of packets just to use when I need it – it keeps a fair while. The M&S paneer is like a of squeaky cheese, a bit like halloumi that browns up really nicely and works well with this recipe. Some paneer you buy seems to have more of a feta-like texture. I really like this as a midweek meal, it’s not a curry you have to slow cook for hours and it’s difficult for me these days to have that sort of time now that gyms are open and I still have my language classes twice a week. I found the recipe on BBC good food which is a site I like as there are reviews from people that have already tried the recipe.
- 1.5 tbsp ghee/sunflower oil
- 225g paneer
- 2.5cm piece ginger
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 green chilli
- 250g passata
- 150g frozen peas
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 200g spinach
- coriander leaves to garnish
- rice/naan to serve
1.) Chop up the paneer into 1cm cubes
2.) Heat 1tbsp of the oil/ghee in a frying pan and add the paneer, fry until browning on the outside. Transfer the paneer to some kitchen roll and lightly press with kitchen roll to absorb excess oil.
3.) Peel and grate the ginger and finely chop the chilli. Heat the other half tablespoon of the ghee/oil in the pan and add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger and chilli. Fry for 1 minute.
4.) Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes.
5.) Add the peas and cook until defrosted. Add the spinach and let it wilt.
6.) Add the paneer back to the pan, mix and cook for 1 minute.
7.) Sprinkle over the garam masala and serve with the rice/naan.