Orzo with broccoli and paneer

Orzo with broccoli and paneer

This is a surprising combination of orzo (pasta shaped like grains of barley) with steamed broccoli and stir-fried paneer (fresh Indian cheese).

       • 650 kcal per person  


For two people:

  • Fresh ingredients and groceries
    • 350 g broccoli (2 medium heads)
    • 1 pack paneer (about 200 g)
    • small amount (1 cm) of grated ginger
  • From the store cupboard
    • four dried tomatoes
    • 1 cup orzo
    • a handful of pine kernels
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil for frying


  • Cook the orzo just like regular pasta.
  • Meanwhile:
    • Soak the dried tomatoes in boiled water for about 10 minutes, then chop up into pieces of about 0.5cm.
    • Wash the broccoli. Divide into florets and steam them. I cook them in the microwave for 5 minutes on full power (900W); I use a pot with a small insert, similar to a steamer basket, so that the cooking liquid can drain.
    • Stir-fry the paneer with the spices, ginger and pine kernels over medium to high heat, until the paneer starts to brown a little.
    • Add the soya sauce, then the broccoli and the soaked tomatoes, fry some more over low heat.
  • Drain the orzo and add to the pan, drizzle on garlic oil and serve.

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