Quick and Easy Broccoli & Paneer Indian Masala

The idea of cooking Indian always seems daunting, until you realize it’s actually quite easy to do.

Try your skills on this vegetarian masala lifted from one of our favorite sites, Epicurious.com. It’s a great weeknight dinner dish that will impress the family. No unhealthy instant packets, only pure whole ingredients melded together to create deep, rich flavors. Pair with quinoa to complete this healthy meal.

YIELD                             Serves 4
ACTIVE TIME               10 minutes
TOTAL TIME                 30 minutes


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra if needed
  • 1 pack paneer, around 8 oz, cut into large bite-size pieces
  • 20 fresh curry leaves (optional)
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 fresh red chiles, 1 finely sliced, 1 slit down the middle but left whole
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
  • 4 oz (about 1 3/4 cups) broccoli florets
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste, or to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Small handful of cilantro, to garnish


  1. Gently heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the paneer until it’s golden brown on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside for later.
  2. Throw the curry leaves (if using) into the pan to crisp up. Take them out and reserve for sprinkling over at the end.
  3. Add a little more oil to the pan if you need to and toss in the mustard and cumin seeds. Once they start sizzling, stir in the turmeric and onion. Allow to soften for a few minutes before stirring in the garlic, ginger and chiles. After a further minute, stir in the tomato paste, garam masala and coriander.
  4. Add a splash of water to the pan and pour in the coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and toss in the broccoli and fried paneer. Stir through the tamarind and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and sugar. Garnish with the crispy curry leaves and the fresh cilantro before serving with some steamed basmati to mop up the sauce.


Purchase Your Ingredients


Organic Tomato, Native / Roma

240.00 per kilo
Tagalog: Kamatis Minimum order: 0.5 kg NOTE: This product is
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Organic Quinoa, White (400 grams)

This cherished ancient grain is one of nature's

Garlic, Peeled (250 grams)

Tagalog: Binalatan na bawang Freshly peeled upon order.

Coconut Milk, Fresh Frozen

Fresh, pure coconut milk manually extracted from mature

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