Curry of potatoes, spinach and paneer

Curry of potatoes, spinach and paneer

This very tasty recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare, it’s a mild potato curry with a base of spices and seeds. The paneer (Indian fresh cheese, available in most supermarkets) is great when fried like this with sesame seeds and turmeric. I also make this recipe with chickpeas instead, and prepare it in quite the same way.

         • 475 kcal per person  


For two people:

  • Fresh ingredients:
    • about 400 g small potatoes
    • 2 large tomatoes
    • about 200 g spinach
    • 1 pack of paneer (about 200 g)
    • 1 cm fresh ginger
  • From the store cupboard
    • spices: turmeric, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom pods, cayenne pepper to taste (I use about a teaspoon of each of the spices and just a pinch of the cayenne pepper)
    • seeds: sesame, sunflower, some pumpkin (I use about 1 table spoon of each)
    • 1 table spoon of soy sauce
    • oil for cooking (I use olive oil)
    • optional: garlic oil


  • Wash the potatoes and cut them in two. Cook them in the microwave.
  • Chop the tomatoes very fine.
  • If you’re using whole seeds like I do, grind the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and cardamom pods.
  • Chop the ginger very fine.
  • Cut the paneer into cubes of about 1 cm on the side.
  • Heat the oil in a large deep pan. I recommend a non-stick pan with a lid.
  • When the oil is hot, add the ginger, seeds and spices and fry over medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Add the paneer and stir until it is evenly covered with the seeds and spices.
  • Fry for a few minutes more over medium heat, then turn up the heat for 30 seconds or so.
  • Clear some space in the middle of the pan and put in the soy sauce. Stir vigorously.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir well. Lower the heat and leave to simmer for a few minutes until the tomatoes have softened. You can speed this up by first putting the chopped tomatoes in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Cook the spinach in the microwave at full power (900W) for 1 minute.
  • Meanwhile, add the potatoes to the pan, stir until the potatoes are no longer looking white.
  • Cut up the spinach. Add the spinach to the pan, stir and let simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Add garlic oil to taste.

This is really a complete one-pan meal but sometimes I serve it with rice too.

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