National Vegetarian Day – Recipe

To mark the recent National Vegetarian Day on 1st October, we would like to share our recipe for the Paneer Chatpata. The recipe is available in Chef Anand George’s recipe book ‘The 5000 Mile Journey’ which you can buy from Purple Poppadom but why not try this recipe at home.  Let us know how yours turns out! 




What you’ll need
Portion: 5

Chatpata sauce – 1000gms (base recipe)
Paneer – 600gms
Bell pepper, red – 1 piece
Bell pepper, green – 1 piece
Bell pepper, yellow – 1 piece
Coriander leaves chopped – 20gms
Kadai masala powder – 20gms (base recipe)
Kasoori methi leaves – 4gms
Oil – to fry paneer



1. Cut the paneer into batons of 30gm each, giving you 20 pieces. Deep fry in hot oil
for 2-3 minutes. Take off the oil and leave it in water to soften.

2. Remove the core of the bell peppers and cut into thick batons.

3. In a thick-bottomed pan heat the chatpata sauce. Loosen the sauce with 200ml of
water. Once the sauce starts bubbling add the paneer and bell pepper batons. Stir
fry for another 3-4 minutes.

4. Sprinkle on the kadai masala powder, coriander leaves, kasoori methi leaves. Make sure the masala coats the paneer and the peppers. Check the seasoning and serve hot and why not serve with our coconut rice

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