Cauliflower, paneer & pea curry

Cauliflower, paneer & pea curry

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
Ready in less than an hour, this easy, vegetarian curry recipe made with pan-fried Indian cheese and vegetables is also cheap to prepare

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal321
  • fat14g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre9g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.4g


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 225g pack paneer, cut into cubes
  • 1 head of cauliflower, broken into small florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 2 onions, thickly sliced



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

  • 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


  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add the paneer and fry gently until crisp. Remove 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.

  2. Add the frozen peas and crispy paneer to the pan and cook for a further 5 mins. Stir through most of the coriander and garnish with the rest. Serve with basmati rice or naan bread, raita or your favourite chutney.

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5th Feb, 2017
Simple & tasty, cooked it for slightly longer as the cauliflower didn't feel tender & the sauce hadn't thickened.
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11th Oct, 2016
Very yummy, super quick to make. I added sweetcorn for an extra crunch - worked really well. Would recommend!
13th Sep, 2016
Really nice and easy to make the only problem I had was the cauliflower was still a bit hard so would probably pre cook it next time. Panneer cheese is really nice.
29th Apr, 2016
Belter! Lots of room to add new bits and pieces too.
10th Feb, 2016
Great curry, Made a few changes I didn't put the onion in as I'm not a fan, I used halloumi instead of paneer, and chopped tomatoes instead of passata. It was delicious, my 6 year old and 11 month old loved it too.
Irish Zan
25th Aug, 2015
I made quite a few changes but loved it non the less. I made the changes mainly down to whatever I had in the house. Used courgette, yellow peppers and spinach as the veg. I added chili flakes, ground cumin, and coriander seeds with the curry paste, and only added 150ml of water. It was super tasty and would definitely make it again! Also - Tesco sell Paneer.
9th Feb, 2015
Nice recipe with good instructions, sauce needed a bit of boiling to thicken up and a bit of salt to bring out the flavours but it was very tasty. It wasn't so easy to find paneer in the supermarket though!


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