Trying to involve more vegetarian dishes in your diet can be hard, but it can be a lot of fun to get creative with this. We live in such a meat orientated world but veggie dishes are becoming more and more popular and an essential part of a balanced diet. In Indian cuisine, where a lot of dishes do not contain any meat, Paneer is often used – a cheese quite bland in flavour but with a great texture. The fact that it’s pretty plain allows it to be extremely versatile, giving you the opportunity to turn it into something really special through a blend of spices. This dish was inspired by Saag Paneer, but cut with a fresh zingy salad and topped off with mint yogurt and a Bhelpuri chutney (if you can’t find this then mango chutney is just as good). This is a perfect meal to get stuck into with friends or family.
Ingredients Serves 4
- 500-600g Paneer cheese
- 130g baby spinach
- 1 heaped tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp light brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4-6 Flat breads or chapatis
- Bhelpuri or mango chutney to serve
- 250g Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp mint sauce
- Half large white onion (finely diced)
- 2 tomatoes (deseed and dice small)
- About a tbsp of fresh Coriander (finely chopped)
- Half a lime juice
- With about a tbsp of oil, add the cumin, coriander and turmeric to a pan on a low heat and simmer for a minute or so, this will infuse the oil.
- Turn it up to a high heat and add in the cheese and really coat it in all the spices. Keep moving for about a minute or so to brown off and then add the garlic.
- Reduce to a medium heat and add the spinach and slowly stir until all the leaves have wilted. Add the sugar and about a tbsp of water and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer whilst you make your accompaniments, occasionally stirring in between.
- Mix diced onion, tomato, fresh coriander and lime juice together in a bowl. Give it a stir and season to taste.
- Stir in the mint sauce to the yogurt and then add both the salad, mint sauce and chutney to serving bowls.
- Warm through your wrap of choice then add everything to the table for family or friends to help themselves.