Masala Matar Paneer

Matar is peas. You can make paneer at home if you can’t find it using this recipe. The sweetness of the peas and the spiced masala make this a delicious meal. Ingredients 2 onions, finely choppedSunflower oil1 tsp cumin seeds3-4 cardamom pods2 bay leaves2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped1 thumb ginger, finely chopped1 tin chopped tomatoes1 tsp salt1 tsp chilli powder1 … Read More

Chetna's Masala-Papdi

Papdi Chaat

There are many varieties of chaat in India – this is papdi chaat which is my favourite. Tamarind & Date Chutney 50g dates50g jaggery, chopped into smaller piecesTamarind pulp or half the amount of paste Whole yellow peas 1 tsp salt1 heaped tsp roasted fennel, crushed in a pestle & mortar1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp salt1 tsp chilli powder Crispy … Read More

Chetna's Crispy-matar-kachori

Crispy Matar Kachori

It’s Diwali time which means enjoying some delicious food. One of my favourites is this delicious pea stuffed kachori. The filling is so balanced – the peas are sweet, but offset by the garam masala and chillies. Add more chilli powder if you prefer the heat. Ingredients 2 tbsp sunflower oil1 tsp cumin seedsFresh curry leaves if you have them300g … Read More

Paneer and Pea Pie

This recipe is from my very first book, The Cardamom Trail. The crisp puff pastry is filled with paneer which soaks up the beautiful flavour of the blend of spices. Ingredients 2 onions, chopped2-3 tbsp sunflower oil1 tsp black mustard seeds2-3 garlic cloves, grated1 tsp garam masalaChilli powder (to taste)1 tsp salt½ tsp turmeric1 tsp amchur (mango powder)200g frozen peas450g … Read More