Paneer with broccoli & sesame

Paneer with broccoli & sesame

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Serve this vegetarian dish made with Indian cheese, paneer, as part of a curry night or with rice as a midweek supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal195
  • fat14g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 200g sprouting broccoli



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • pinch asafoetida



    This is a gum from a variety of giant fennel, which naturally has a horrid and offensive smell,…

  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 large green chilli, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 1 medium onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 140g paneer cheese, cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp ground mace


  1. Trim the broccoli and boil or steam for 5-6 mins until tender but firm to the bite. Drain and cool under cold running water. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan, then add the asafoetida, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, chilli, mustard seeds and the curry leaves. Cook for 1 min until fragrant, then add the onion and cook another 2 mins.

  2. Throw in the paneer, ginger and garlic, and season. Cook on a medium heat for 4-5 mins until the paneer turns golden. Add the broccoli and mix through the paneer and spices, then add lemon juice, mace and twist of pepper.

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Comments (9)

kingtwig's picture

Very nice, light meal. My suggestion would be to maybe fry the paneer in a little oil before doing the rest of the dish, and then just mix it through towards the end. I had trouble getting my paneer "golden brown". Tasty though :o) Will be doing again if I feel in a paneer buying mood :o)

queenamy's picture

Just finished eating this, and it was really yum!

zoutbestendig's picture

Usually slightly larger Sainsbury's sell paneer; in ours it is just with the cheese. It is also reasonably priced (1.49-1.69), so good for budget cooking.

drlizprince's picture

You can make your own paneer by bringing milk to the boil then adding a dash lemon juice or vinegar to curdle it. Stir gently then strain through muslin or a fine sieve to collect the solids. If you want a solid lump to cut into pieces, wrap in a muslin cloth and put a weight on top and leave for a few hours or overnight in the fridge. You don't get much solid from skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, so better to use full fat for this.

jane911's picture

you could try haloumi

Leopoldoni's picture

I would have thought that would be far too salty.

edwa453's picture

I did this to accompany Indian Shepherds pie for friends on the Royal Wedding day. It went down a storm with adults and kids alike. We were fighting over the last bits in the bottom of the bowl! Really tasty!

felicityday's picture

Really easy and tasty. My meat loving husband loved it. Worked really well with the spicy rice suggested. I could not find paneer so used halloumi and I left out the chilli as prefer things not too spicy.

portuguese_kate's picture

Can someone suggest an alternative cheese to paneer as impossible to buy where I live?

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