- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 440g paneer, cut into 2cm cubes
- 4 tbsp ghee or butter
The Indian version of clarified butter (ie a butter that has had its milk solids removed, making…
- 2 large onions, finely sliced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
- thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely grated
Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
- ½ tsp hot chilli powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
- 1½ tbsp garam masala
Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 300g potato, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…
- 150g spinach
Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…
- 150g frozen peas
A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…
- 100ml double cream
- 2 tbsp cashew nut butter
- plain flour, for dusting
- 320g sheet all-butter puff pastry
- 2 large eggs, 1 whole, 1 yolk only, lightly beaten together (freeze the leftover egg white for another recipe)
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
- 2 tsp nigella seeds
- pilau rice or green veg, to serve
Heat the oil over a medium heat in a shallow flameproof casserole dish roughly 30cm wide. Add the paneer and fry for 5 mins, turning with tongs until each side is golden. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate lined with kitchen paper.
Heat the ghee or butter in the same dish over a medium-low heat, then add the onions and a big pinch of salt. Fry for 15 mins, or until softened and caramelised. Stir in the garlic and ginger, cook for 1 min, then tip in the spices and fry for a further 2 mins. Scrape the spiced onions into a food processor or blender along with the tomatoes and blitz until smooth. Pour back into the pan with 1½ cans of water, then stir through the sugar and potatoes. Bring to the boil, lower to a simmer, then cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 mins or until the potato is just tender.
Add the spinach and peas, and cook for 5 mins. Stir in the cream and cashew butter, then return the paneer to the pan and season to taste. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.
Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 8. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry out to just bigger than your casserole dish. Cut a thin strip off each side and fix these around the edge of the casserole. Roll the pastry sheet over the top and press the edges with a fork to seal, and tuck in any overhang. Brush with the egg, sprinkle with the nigella seeds and bake for 30-35 mins or until deep golden brown. Leave to rest for 15 mins before serving with pilau rice or green veg.
Pick the right pie dishIf you don’t have a shallow, ovenproof casserole dish, make your filling in a large pan, then transfer the mixture to a 28-30cm pie dish before topping with pastry and baking in the oven.