Soft paneer is cooked with spinach in this North Indian curry.
- 1 long green chilli, chopped
- 2 cm piece of ginger, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 bunches English spinach, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 200 g paneer (see Note), cut into 3 cm cubes
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 125 ml (½ cup) pouring cream
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Process chilli, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, half the spinach and 60 ml water in a food processor to a rough paste; add more water to loosen if necessary.
Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a large, deep frying pan over high heat. Add paneer and cook, turning occasionally, for 3 minutes or until golden on all sides. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Heat remaining 1 tbsp ghee in the same pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Add spinach paste and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add tomatoes, cream, 60ml water and the paneer, and cook for 3 minutes or until tomatoes are starting to soften. Add remaining bunch of spinach and cook for 3 minutes or until just wilted. Serve seasoned with salt and pepper.
• Paneer is an Indian cheese available from select supermarkets and greengrocers.
Photography by Brett Stevens