Cauliflower, Pea and Paneer Balti with Spekko Brown Basmati Rice

Cauliflower, Pea and Paneer Balti with Spekko Brown Basmati Rice

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Paneer is a homemade Indian Cheese. It is made from full cream milk and can be made in advance and frozen for up to two weeks. This is an easy, quick vegetarian meal that never disappoints guests. It is works well as a side dish.


50ml sunflower oil
5ml mustard seeds
5ml cumin seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 sprig curry leaves
15ml red chilli powder
5ml cumin powder
10ml coriander powder
2.5ml tumeric powder
2 tomatoes, blanched and chopped
500g cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
125ml boiling water
250ml frozen peas
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander to garnish

For the paneer

4 litres full cream milk
150ml vinegar

Here’s how

To make the paneer: Boil milk in a pot. Stir the milk occasionally to prevent a skin from forming. Add vinegar. The curd will separate from the whey. If the whey still looks milky add a little more vinegar and allow to curdle. Do not stir as this will result in very fine curd which is difficult to work with. The curd will float to the top and will form a thick layer. Gently scoop out the curd into a stainless steel sieve using a large slotted spoon. Gently press the curd down with a spoon to remove excess moisture. Tip curd into a muslin cloth. Mould into a ‘cake’. Fill a large pot with water and place on top of the paneer. Leave aside for 2 hours. Cut into cubes.

To prepare the balti: Blanch cauliflower in boiling water for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain. Heat oil in a pot. Add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add cumin seeds. Add chopped onion and sauté until golden brown. Add garlic, curry leaves and powdered spices. Add tomatoes and allow sauce to thicken slightly. Mix in cauliflower and pour in boiling water. Season with salt. Simmer until cauliflower is tender. Add frozen peas and warm through. Lastly add the paneer cubes and stir gently. Garnish with fresh coriander.

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Yudhika recommends Spekko Brown Basmati Rice for this dish because

With its unique nutty flavor and deliciously distinctive aroma, this Spekko Rice variant is high in fibre. Choosing a brown rice option is like choosing brown bread over white bread so this variant is not only tasty but very healthy too!

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