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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.225 – Spinach with Indian cheese

    Posted on May 2nd, 2014 Janet No comments

    This is from Quick Vegetarian Curries by Mridula Baljekar.  It is a favourite of mine when we have friends round for a curry.  If you can’t get hold of Indian paneer it is just as good made with halloumi cheese.

    Serves 4

    Photo: Heath Bass

    Preparation time: 25-30 minutes
    Cooking time: 20 minutes

    2 tbs sunflower oil
    6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    2.5cm cube root ginger, peeled and finely grated
    1 tbs ground coriander
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tin chopped tomatoes
    1/2 tsp ground turmeric
    1 tsp paprika
    1/4-1/2 tsp chilli powder
    150g spinach, finely chopped
    300ml water
    250g paneer, cut into 1cm cubes
    175g cooked potatoes cut into 2.5cm cubes (optional)
    1/2 tsp garam masala

    Heat the oil in a pan over a low heat, add the garlic and stir fry for 1 minute, then add the onion and fry for 5-6 minutes until softened.  Add the ginger, ground coriander and cumin, cook for 1 minute then add the tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add the turmeric, paprika and chilli powder and cook for 30 seconds before adding the spinach and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.  Add half the water and cook for 3 minutes or until the water dries up, tossing and turning the ingredients constantly.  Add the paneer, potatoes if using and remaining water, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered.  Add a little more water if necessary.  Sprinkle on the garam masala and serve.

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