If you've never tried Paneer – also known as Indian Cottage Cheese – this is a great place to start. Inspired by the delicious curries India does so well, this easy side dish features golden cubes of paneer spiced with cumin and chilli. A simple supper dish or part of a 'curry night', it only takes 30 minutes to prepare.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
- 500g Farm Fresh Paneer cubes
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 green chilli, finely chopped 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
- 500g baby spinach (or used frozen)
- 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 75ml single cream
- 1 Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat.
- 2 Add the oil or ghee and the paneer cubes. Cook for 4-5 minutes until golden all over.
- 3 Transfer the sautéed paneer cubes from the pan to a plate.
- 4 Add some more oil or ghee to the pan (if necessary), reduce the heat to medium, then fry the onion and chilli.
- 5 Add half a teaspoon of cumin seeds and allow them to splutter. Add turmeric and stir for 5 minutes until beginning to soften.
- 6 Now, add the garlic and ginger paste, and cook for another minute.
- 7 If using fresh baby spinach, put it into a large colander and pour over a kettle of boiled water.
- 8 Add the scalded or frozen spinach to the frying pan along with the chopped tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes to defrost or wilt the spinach, before adding a tsp of garam masala, the browned paneer, lemon juice and 75ml of single cream.
- 9 Gently bubble for a few minutes and check the seasoning before serving with rice.