Tuesday 14th May 2013

We have started to stock paneer at work again and it got me to thinking about giving it a try in some veggie recipes.  I actually hadn’t tasted it before and was expecting it to taste like a cross between halloumi and feta, but it was a lot less salty and, if I’m honest, not really tasting of anything.  I guess that is why it works so well in highly spiced and flavoured dishes as it can take on the taste really well, while adding a firm texture to the dish.

So tonight I concocted some red lentil and paneer fritters with a spicy tomato sauce.  The fritters were easy to make and surprisingly lovely: I simply mixed some cooked red lentils with grated paneer, ground cumin, salt and pepper, and a little cayenne pepper.  I moulded them into little cigar shaped lads, rolled them in wholemeal flour and baked them in a hot oven for 20mins until cooked through and crispy.

They were really lovely, and could have taken on more Spice. However, I nearly killed Colin with a very chilli tomatoey sauce!!!! I think he is turning into a wimp!!!!

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