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.
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.
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.
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.