I LOVE Indian food. Restaurant, takeaway (especially Bombay Pantry‘s Kofta Curry), curries at home. It’s so good for veggies. We’ve discovered through trial & error that Dom isn’t mad about hot (as in chilli hot) food. Now I’m really cautious because I don’t want him to outright reject food i’ve just made so it’ll probably perpetuate the dislike. But with Indian food we can keep introducing flavour with things like cumin & garam masala and coriander etc so it’s not like it’s bland food he’s getting. Just not hot.
We’re well accustomed to making curries – veg, lentil, chickpea, bean etc – the odd biryani, and I like to make dhals. But I’ve never cooked with paneer before though it’s one of my favourite things to order as a takeaway. I spotted some in a Tesco I don’t usually shop in a few weeks ago and bought it with this in mind. I haven’t seen it in any other supermarket since, but I believe making paneer is very simple – Jamie Oliver has a recipe in one of his first books from way back when. Some sunny day perhaps…
Dom’s a big spinach fan, the little popeye head on him. I’m thrilled about this frankly. And now, unless the spinach is used in a salady way, I’ve been using frozen spinach. It’s ridiculously quick to cook (defrost & heat really I suppose) so I used it in this recipe too. When we’re just in from work and trying to feed the 3 of us asap, speed is often a priority while trying not to compromise on home-cookedness.
Because of the aforementioned heat-aversion I cooked a quarter of the chilli with the onion for a few minutes, then removed it before I added the spinach. I don’t know if I’m fooling myself but hopefully that kind of thing will introduce a bit of heat gently to his baby palate.
I know this photo doesn’t exactly scream enthusiasm for the dish, but honestly he ate all of it. Every bit. I think he was just taking a moment!
Next up, I’ll have to find a veggie kofta dumpling recipe.