This spiced paneer with chilli green lentils recipe is vegetarian, easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes – perfect for midweek meal


  • green lentils 75g
  • vegetable stock 500ml
  • onion 1 small, grated
  • ginger a thumb-sized piece, peeled and chopped
  • red chilli 1, finely chopped
  • turmeric 1/2 tsp, plus a pinch extra
  • garam masala 1 tsp, plus extra for the paneer
  • coriander a small bunch, chopped
  • paneer 230g block, cut into wedges or cubes
  • groundnut or sunflower oil
  • naan bread to serve


  • STEP 1. Put the first 7 ingredients in a pan and bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Drain or boil off any excess liquid, then stir in most of the coriander.
  • STEP 2. Toss the paneer with some oil, seasoning and a little more turmeric and garam masala and fry in a non-stick frying pan until golden. Spoon the lentils onto plates, top with the paneer and remaining coriander and serve with naan bread.