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.
I try my hardest to eat as well as I can. I love fruits, eat a moderate amount of greens and aim to drink plenty of water and green tea. Am I perfect? No. I don’t exercise as much as I should and I probably could do with eating a few more vegetables. And there are many occassions when I find it hard to resist deep fried, potato based snacks. But I try. I really think balance is the most important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. I’ve seen a lot recently in the media of people developing disorders from being too obsessive with healthy foods. Crazy, right? Moderation is definitely the key, as with most things in life. So say yes to the occassional cheeky treat and don’t feel guilty for it.
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.