Comfort Food Recipes

An Autumnal Sunday Feast | Saag Paneer Recipe

October 4, 2017

Sunday dinners have become a bit of a tradition in our household. But not those that everyone else may do. Dr W and I usually take it in turns to pick a curry recipe to try. The other weekend I picked a couple, including Saag Paneer.

We spent summer mainly going for lighter curries, especially Thai ones. But Autumn brings a need for comforting food. Going through a recent(ish) edition of BBC Good Food I gathered some ideas for a tasty Indian feast for Dr W and I.

An Autumn Feast - Saag Paneer Recipe

Saag Paneer Recipe

Saag Paneer
Serves 2
A hearty vegetarian dish, either an accompaniment or main meal.
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  1. 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  2. 1 tsp Turmeric
  3. 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  4. 200g Paneer, cut into cubes
  5. 200g Fresh spinnach
  6. 2 Medium white onions
  7. 1-2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  8. 35g Grated Ginger
  9. 1 Green chilli, roughly chopped, (I removed the seeds but you can leave in)
  10. 1 tsp Garam masala (I made mine using Rick Stein's recipe but you can buy)
  1. Place the fresh spinach in a colander, pour over boiling water and drain. Put in a tea towel/lots of kitchen towel and squeeze out the water.
  2. Heat the oil and mix in the turmeric and chilli powder. Add the cubed paneer fry on a medium heat until the paneer has gained colour (10 mins or so).
  3. Whilst the paneer is cooking. Whizz the onion and chilli in a food processor, add in the crushed garlic and ginger.
  4. Remove the paneer from the pan and set aside on a plate, don't wash the pan out.
  5. Tip the onion/chilli/garlic/ginger mix into the pan and turn the heat down. Fry until caramel coloured, around 10 mins, adding water if it begins to stick. Add in the garam masala, fry for 2 minutes/until fragrant.
  6. Add the spinach and 100ml water to release all the flavours from the bottom of the pan, cook for around 3 mins.
  7. Add the paneer back in and continue to cook for 2-3 mins to heat through.
  8. Serve up as a main or an accompaniment to another curry!
  1. Double the recipe for more servings. Keep chilli seeds in if you fancy a kick.
Adapted from BBC Good Food
Adapted from BBC Good Food
An Autumn Feast - Sunday Saag Paneer Dinner

I also cooked up this delicious Sali Murghi, it took a little longer than the recipe stated. I also used less apricots (Dr W not the greatest fan). As well as adding them earlier so they would cook down a bit. In the end this turned out to be a great idea, they added a sweet and savoury flavour but also a richness to the dish. I heard no complaints from Dr W!

An Autumn Feast - Peshwari Naan

Of course I couldn’t not serve it with our favourite (not so healthy) curry side dish. The good old Peshwari Naan. I highly recommend the Lloyd Grossman versions, packed with plenty of food and coconut. Overall this dish was the perfect Sunday dinner. Refuelling Dr W after a long hike and me after a long run. Also there’s nothing like sharing good food together.

Are you a traditionalist when it comes to dinner on a Sunday? Or are you a slow cooked Sunday Dinner fan as well? What do you like to cook? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Taylor Smart October 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

    i love making homemade curries! Being vegan makes it difficult to buy the meal packs because i cant tell whats exactly in them!

  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte October 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Yum this looks soo good! I don’t make many curries at home but really should!

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      You really should – despite lots of ingredients, many are very simple!

  • Reply Kate Williams October 6, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Oh that looks delicious, I haven’t made Indian food from scratch for a little while because I’ve been so busy but I think I’ll give this one a try.

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      You really should – the saag paneer is a lot more simpler than other recipes.

  • Reply Jenny October 6, 2017 at 10:46 am

    We’re traditional when it comes to our Sunday lunch. It’s my favourite day of the week and I’m not ready to give up my roast potatoes yet!

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      I am so lazy – much prefer something slow cooked on the stove! We eat roast dinner if we go out.

  • Reply Chloe October 5, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I think I’ll be coming round to yours for Sunday dinner!

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    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      You’d be welcome to join – we can find tomato free curry recipes!

  • Reply Hairwonderfulday October 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    If anyone knows how to do comfort food it is certainly you! xx

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks Laura 🙂

  • Reply Sarah T October 4, 2017 at 10:48 am

    This looks unreal. I love saag curries but I also love paneer too, so this is the dream combo. Trying to cook more veggie meals, so I’ll add this one to my list! xx

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      You should give it a go! It’s so tasty 🙂

  • Reply Holly October 4, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Oh my I should not have read this before breakfast it’s made me sooo hungry! I love this dish! Thank you for posting a simple recipe to follow, I am going to have to try now 🙂

    Holly x

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Let me know how it goes if you do 🙂 It’s definitely more simple than most!

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