“Inspired by tikka masala, this beautiful curry is destined to become your new Friday night favourite. The grilling here is super-important, as you want your paneer and veg to get nice and charred and take on those smoky flavours. Take the same time over it as you would cooking meat and you’ll have something truly special on your plate.
Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large roasting tray, then sprinkle over a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, the turmeric and cumin seeds. Finely grate over the lemon zest and squeeze in the juice.
Peel and quarter one of the onions, then break into petals. Deseed and roughly tear the peppers into similar-sized chunks, then place it all into the roasting tray with the whole chillies.
Break the cauliflower into florets and cut the paneer into 2.5cm cubes, then add to the tray and toss everything together. Thread the ingredients onto skewers (soaked, if wooden), alternating them as you go.
Preheat the grill to full whack, then cook the skewers for 15 minutes, or until golden and gnarly, turning regularly.
Drizzle 1 tablespoon of groundnut oil into a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, pick in the curry leaves and fry until crispy, then remove to a plate, leaving the flavoured oil behind.
Peel and roughly chop the remaining onion, as well as the garlic and ginger. Place in the pan with the garam masala, paprika and almonds and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened. Tip into a blender with the tinned tomatoes and blitz to a smooth sauce.
Pour the sauce back into the pan, add the chickpeas, most of the coconut milk and the mango chutney, then season to perfection and simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened.
Meanwhile, make the salad. Trim the carrots, cucumber and cabbages as necessary, then coarsely grate on a box grater. Peel and finely grate the ginger, then place it all on a platter, squeeze over the lime juice and pick over the coriander leaves.
To make the pancakes, combine the flour and 1 mug of water in a bowl with the mustard seeds. Grate in the creamed coconut and whisk well. Place a small non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, rub with a little groundnut oil, then pour in a thin layer of batter, swirling it up and around the edges. Cook on one side only for 2 minutes, or until lightly golden, then stack up on a serving plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
Cut the paneer and veg from the skewers straight into the curry, simmer for a further 10 minutes, then drizzle over the remaining coconut milk and sprinkle with the crispy curry leaves. Toss the salad together, then bring everything to the table, and tuck in.
If you want to take your salad to the next level, try adding some sliced fresh mango and a scattering of pomegranate seeds – delicious!