For the green herb paste


  • STEP 1

    To make the herb paste, wash your herbs really well, including the coriander stalks. Squeeze lightly to get rid of excess water. Tip into a food processor or blender along with the garlic, ginger, chilli (if using), lemon juice, oil, garam masala and 1 tsp salt. Whizz until quite fine and smooth. Stir in the double cream, yogurt and ajwain seeds, if using. Taste and adjust any spices or seasoning to taste.

  • STEP 2

    Cut each block of paneer into 4 pieces. Pierce the paneer all over with a skewer to allow some of the paste to sink inside. Coat the paneer in the herby paste, then cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hr, or as long as possible.

  • STEP 3

    When ready to cook, heat a griddle pan or grill. Prepare 2 sheets of foil and place 4 pieces of the paneer on each. Sprinkle over the onion and top with a generous knob of butter. Bring the foil together to make a parcel that encompasses the cheese completely. Place straight on your hot grill or griddle pan for 8-10 mins or until the paneer is hot through and steamy. Ideally there will be a little charring coming through at the bottom – you will need to open the parcel and peek to check this. Sprinkle over the chaat masala and serve hot, still wrapped in the foil or on a plate.


This spice mix is sprinkled over many sweet and savoury dishes in India. It has a sweet-and-sour taste and usually consists of cumin, coriander, ginger, chilli, dried mango powder, asafoetida, black pepper and black salt. It’s available from Asian food shops, larger Waitrose and Tesco stores, or at


Also known as carom, this spice has a flavour like thyme, but more pungent with a slight bitterness. Find it in Asian food shops, larger Tesco stores or at

Goes well with


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