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

Mint yoghurt 

  • 250g Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp mint sauce

Lime salad

  • Half large white onion (finely diced)
  • 2 tomatoes (deseed and dice small)
  • About a tbsp of fresh Coriander  (finely chopped)
  • Half a lime juice


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer whilst you make your accompaniments, occasionally stirring  in between.
  5. Mix diced onion, tomato, fresh coriander and lime juice together in a bowl. Give it a stir and season to taste.
  6. Stir in the mint sauce to the yogurt and then add both the salad, mint sauce and chutney to serving bowls.
  7. Warm through your wrap of choice then add everything to the table for family or friends to help themselves.





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