Roasted, Spiced Vegetables with Paneer

Roasted vegetables have always been a a standby in our house. Sunny, Mediterranean vegetables drenched in good olive oil and roasted, sometimes with chick peas, sometimes with cubes of squeaky halloumi and occasionally when feeling decadent, with both. Sometimes however we need a change. I fancied something spicy, something curryish. Not hard to make, but…

Roasted, Spiced Broccoli with Paneer

I’ve been reading lately about the deliciousness of roasted cauliflower – just a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, half an hour in a hot oven and out pops a delicious, charred side dish. I wondered if I could do something similar with cauliflower’s green cousin, broccoli. To make it more interesting…

Cucamelons

The wonderful farmers at Riverford sent me a sample of cucamelons. These odd little grape sized fruits grow on a vine and have lovely, if somewhat tough, watermelon-like skins. I tried one raw. Hmm. Not great A bit like a cucumber only blander. Most articles I googled suggest the cucamelon has a sour hint, a…

Paneer with Rice and Peas

Another Madhur Jaffery classic dish. Her dishes really are foolproof provide you read them through beforehand. You can eat this on its own with chutneys and pickles or with a sag side dish. 150g-200g pack of paneer – cubed 2 tablespoons sunflower oil 2 bay leaves 5 cardamom pods ½ stick cinnamon Basmati rice –…

Gobi Paneer

Cauliflower seems to be the perfect ingredient for making curry. I added paneer here to make it a little more interesting. Serve with Bhatura or other Indian bread, natural yogurt and spicey mango chutney. 2-3 tablespoons sunflower oil 1 head of cauliflower – chopped into rough chunks 1-2 tablespoons root ginger – finely chopped 200g…

Paneer Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala – the nation’s favourite. Many years ago it used to be one the favourites in my house. Then my youngest went veggie but missed the flavours of a good masala sauce. The problem with takeaways, and believe me there a lot of them round my way, is the sauce is too red…

Paneer on Skewers

We had a few neighbours over recently and I made a few nibbly things. These were great – based on the recipe from Vicky Bhogal’s Year of Cooking Like Mummyjii Take about 300g paneer and cut into cubes. Place in a bowl with a yellow pepper cut to pieces the same size and a red…

Curries

OK, so not the prettiest photos in the world. I served it up then realised I should take a few snaps. These dishes were delicious. On the plate you can just about make out pilau rice with peas and cashews, paneer in a creamy tomato sauceand spinach with potato. The recipes below should feed about…

Time for Another Curry or Two

I haven’t made a decent curry since my friends came over back in early April so tonight I made two – Cauliflower, Potato and Cashew Nut (like an Aloo Gobi but with cashews – Aloo Cashoo Gobi perhaps) and a Pea and Paneer dish (Matar Paneer, but different to the one I made the other…

Fresh Peas

I planted the first lot of peas a couple of weeks ago. Started them in guttering in lovely peat free compost. They are coming on a treat. Plan to transplant them to the allotment this weekend. Here is the recipe for Matar Paneer (Peas with Indian cheese) I made a few weeks ago on my…