It’s time for another try or fail at cooking veggie food! This time I tried out Tesco’s Saag Paneer Omelette recipe. This light but very filling meal wasn’t a complete flop as I made an omelette for the first time but I could definitely do better.
The meal was very easy to do and really quick once you get into it, I did try frying my paneer cheese in an air fryer but it turned out to be better in a frying pan because the air fryer doesn’t give paneer that charcoal-y flavour that you can get from frying/using a BBQ, it could all be done in one or two pans as well so that saves on the washing up and it took about 20-25 mins to do the entire recipe from prep to serving up so once I get the hang of it, it could become a very easy meal for a work-night dinner.
A lot of the ingredients for this meal I already had in the house so that saved money and waste too, the only thing I had never used before was paneer but it turned out to be very easy to cook with, it’s slightly similar to halloumi but not so salty in taste, paneer is a good product to add to dishes as it provides the texture you want but is able to take in all the flavours of a dish too so goes well with just about anything you want to add it to.
The ingredients for this dish are based on 2 servings so I used just over half the amounts to make a meal for myself:
- A dash of oil for frying
- 100g paneer cheese
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 150g spinach
- 4 eggs
- 4 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Butter/margarine for frying the paneer
Optional: some mixed salad leaves to have on the side
Start by preheating your oven to 200/220 degrees or Gas Mark 7 so we can use it later to puff up our omelette!
Now dice the paneer into equal chunks and grab a non-stick pan to fry the paneer for about 3 minutes or until each cube is golden brown
Into the same pan, add the chopped garlic, ginger and mustard seeds and fry for about 1 minute until the mustard seeds start to pop. Then add the spinach and lightly cook until it wilts and add to your plate with the paneer.
Add the butter into the frying pan and cook the omelette mixture for two minutes, making sure to stop the edges from sticking and allow the middle to set.
Now to assemble, move your omelette onto a baking tray and spoon half the paneer and spinach mixture onto one side of the omelette and put in the oven for 2 minutes until the omelet puffs up and is set on the top!
Now serve up and enjoy!
So there we have it, a super easy and protein filled meal that is quick to assemble and great to make time and time again. I think mine was a bit too oily and the omelette didn’t puff up as much as I wanted it too but it was edible and thats all we can ask for on a first attempt right?
I will definitely try this again as I really love paneer and want to use it in as many recipes as possible.
Please let me know if you gave it a try and if you were any more successful than me with it!