Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer - a sweet and sour Indo-Chinese fusion dish. Cubes of traditional vegetarian Indian cheese are battered and then fried until crispy and golden. Then it is cooked with onins and garlic in a spicy and sweet chilli sauce. Makes a great appetizer or side dish. Use tofu or cauliflower for vegan version.

Chilli paneer is a popular vegetarian Indo-Chinese appetiser or side dish. Cubes of paneer (a hard cheese) are battered and then fried until golden and crispy. It is then cooked off in a sweet and sour chilli sauce with the addition of bell pepper. It tastes great on it own but you can pair it with fried rice or noodles like my Indonesian fried noodles for a quick and easy Friday night dinner.

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Potato and Spinach Pakoras with Tamarind Chutney

Potato and spinach pakoras, or pakoda, made in a crispy chickpea flour batter with onion and spiced with turmeric and cumin. Naturally vegan and gluten free, there is also a really easy sweet and sour tamarind chutney sauce to serve with it. Perfect side or party appetizer, Super crispy and moreish! www.theredlychee.com

Crispy pakoras, made with potato, spinach and onion, and spiced with turmeric, cumin and black pepper. There’s also coriander for freshness and green chillies for just a hint of heat. These pakoras are small but mighty and so deliciously moreish, that you’ll struggle to stop at just one… or two…. or three…. Maybe even more. I’m also serving this with a tamarind chuntey, which is super easy to make and provides a lovely sweet and sour contrast to the pakoras. 

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Sweet Potato and Egg Stuffed Mutabbaq Flatbread

Mubtarak recipe - A Middle Eastern inspired flatbread that is also popular as a street food in South East Asia. Similar to the roti canai, this vegetarian flatbread is stuffed with sweet potato and egg.

Mutabbaq, meaning folded in Arabic, is a Middle Eastern stuffed flatbread that also seems to be popular in many countries in South Asia. In this particular version, I have decided on a filling of sweet potato and egg instead of the common meat filling. It’s like a breakfast hash inside of a flaky pastry, yum.

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Spiced Pumpkin Pie Samosas

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If you are someone who just can’t get enough of pumpkin flavoured desserts I have just the thing for you today: pumpkin pie samosas. Yes, the American classic meets the Indian classic.  A cinnamon and cardamom spiced sweet pumpkin filling in crispy and flaky pastry. The filling is ridiculously easy to prepare and instead of the usual fiddly spring roll pastry, I have a simple homemade pastry that saves time. 

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Spicy Wings

      Very often when I get home from work, I will feel super peckish. I’ll be walking up to the front door and all I’ll be doing is thinking about getting home in launching myself face first into some potato-y, cheesy goodness. I blame our strange hours as a teacher. We have lunch at half 11 in the morning(!!) so by the time I get home, I’m feeling ravenous. Sometimes, as I raid the kitchen drawers, I can be pretty good and stay away from the carbs. And sometimes I know exactly what I want to eat, but it takes too long to prepare it, so I don’t bother. These wings, come happily between not being too carb heavy and being quick and easy to prepare.

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