Ready in less than an hour, this easy, vegetarian curry recipe made with pan-fried Indian cheese and vegetables is also cheap to prepare
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 225g pack paneer, cut into cubes
- 1 head of cauliflower, broken into small florets
- 2 onions, thickly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 heaped tbsp tikka masala paste
- 500g carton passata
- 200g frozen peas
- small pack coriander, roughly chopped
- basmati rice or naan breads, to serve
- raita or your favourite chutney, to serve
MethodRemove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the remaining oil and the cauliflower to the pan, and cook for 10 mins until browned. Add the onions, and a little more oil if needed, and cook for a further 5 mins until softened. Stir in the garlic and curry paste, then pour in the passata and 250ml water, and season. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 18-20 mins or until the cauliflower is just tender.
- 250g pouch ready-to-eat mixed grains (we used Merchant Gourmet Wholesome Mix)
- 200g frozen pea
- small bunch mint, leaves picked
- 2 spring onions, whites and greens separated and thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp golden caster sugar
- ½ vegetable stock cube
- 140g piece of ham, or thick slices, trimmed of any fat and shredded or finely chopped
- big handful pea shoots
- Heat the grains in the microwave following pack instructions. Put the peas in a sieve and pour over boiling water.
- Put 50g of the peas, most of the mint leaves, the spring onion whites, vinegar, sugar and stock cube in a food processor, and blend to a smooth paste, adding a little water if you need to. Divide between 2 soup or pasta bowls.
- Divide the remaining peas, hot grains and ham between the bowls and pour over enough boiling water to almost fill the bowls. Stir and leave for 2 mins to heat through.
- Stir in the spring onion greens and remaining mint leaves, season well with pepper and top with some pea shoots.
- 500g pack turkey mince
- 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 garlic clove
- small bunch coriander, roughly chopped, stalks and leaves kept separate
- 432g can pineapple chunks in juice, drained (reserve the juice)
- 4 tbsp Korma paste (or gluten-free alternative)
- 6 tbsp ground almond
- 400ml can low-fat coconut milk
- basmati rice and naan bread (or gluten-free alternative), to serve
- Season the turkey mince and shape into mini meatballs, about the size of a large cherry. Heat the oil in your widest pan, add the meatballs and cook, rolling them around the pan, for 8 mins until brown all over. Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend the onion, ginger, garlic, coriander stalks and 2 tbsp of the reserved pineapple juice to a paste.
- Push the meatballs to one side of the pan, tip the onion mixture into the space and cook for a few mins until softened. Add the curry paste and stir for 1 min, coating the meatballs. Add the ground almonds, coconut milk, pineapple chunks, another 2 tbsp of the reserved pineapple juice and a little seasoning. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins until thickened a little. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.
- 400g spaghetti
- 200g fresh or frozen peas
- 300g fresh crabmeat
- 5 tbsp reduced-fat crème fraîche
- 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
- handful parsley leaves, chopped
- zest 1 lemon, juice ½ lemon
- Boil a large pan of salted water. Tip in the pasta, then cook for about 7 mins. Add the peas, then cook for 2-3 mins more until both are cooked through.
- Drain in a colander, reserving a little cooking water, then tip back into the pan with the crabmeat and crème fraîche. Stir well with most of the remaining ingredients, adding a little of the pasta cooking water if the mixture seems a little dry. Serve sprinkled with a little extra chopped chilli, parsley and lemon zest.