Steamed kofta of spinach and paneer in a roasted red pepper gravy

25 Oct

Steamed kofta of spinach and paneer in a roasted red pepper gravy

Is it just me or are people less obsessed with being thin these days? Is it my age (thirties), where people grow into themselves more, or is it my life stage (mum of toddler and prefer sleep, family time, me-time and just some food over the less necessary stuff)? I don’t know but mostly, people say they need to lose weight but eat the brownie anyway, right? I made some a really gorgeous batch the other day with saffron, rose, cardamom and pistachio and nobody said no.

Steamed kofta of spinach and paneer in a roasted red pepper gravy by Deena Kakaya

However, my body has a way of telling me that I need to be kinder to it and right now; I have gone off my food (as in the taste rather than eating itself). If you have ever watched a cheesy television serial and I am old enough to admit to recalling the crashing sounds and multiple replays of dramatic scenes in Dallas (and every Bollywood serial I come across) then this is what is playing in my mind right now. I, Deena, have gone off the tastes in my food.

At first I thought it was the onset of a cold. But it didn’t appear. Then I thought perhaps it is just over-working and exhaustion. But then I realised that I do feel hunger, it is just that I am not enjoying eating so much. I want to feel the thrill. But I am not.

SO, I have surmised that there are many culprits to this condition of mine; exhaustion, A LOT of cooking recently (maybe too much of my own cooking), overindulgence and heavy tastes, eating more functionally than socially (a lot of eating alone or in a desperate rush). Explains a lot doesn’t it?

You know I have been putting myself into solution mode more and more these days and not focusing on the problems, ‘think solutions, not problems’ – chant, chant, chant. My solution is this steamed kofta of spinach and paneer in light and easy roasted red pepper gravy. It is the curry that thinks it is naughty, but really is quite virtuous. Deceptively simple, ridiculously soothing and fun to eat too! I like that I want to get my fingers into them, but should really wait for the gravy to join the kofta. Let me know if you do a better job at waiting to scoff the lot together, won’t you.


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12 Responses to “Steamed kofta of spinach and paneer in a roasted red pepper gravy”

  1. Katie @ Whole Nourishment October 26, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    Solution mode, I like it! Beautifully flavored dish too. Love the steamed kofta.

    • Deena Kakaya October 27, 2014 at 9:20 am #

      Thanks Katie, I was hoping you’d like this x

  2. kellie anderson October 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    A beautifully wholesome and uplifting dish with so many snappy flavours in the kofta and sauce. I do hope you get your taste back. Poor you :-/

    • Deena Kakaya October 27, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      I don’t often steam but was pretty pleased with the results of this experiment! Thanks Kellie xx

  3. Sophie33 October 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    A wonderful tasty social recipe for me! Thanks, Deena! Yummmm!

  4. Rhonda Sittig October 26, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    Sos healthy and beautiful all at once– love the colors!!

    • Deena Kakaya October 27, 2014 at 9:18 am #

      That’s what I thought Rhonda, thank you x

  5. themuffinmyth October 27, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Obsession with being thin is nothing new, but it is a big problem. But those brownies! Rose and pistachio? Yum! I love kofta of any kind, and these light and lovely steamed ones look just perfect. Thanks for another great recipe.

  6. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    These sound delicious. Anything with spinach is good with me.

  7. Sally October 28, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    As the mother of teenage girls, I can vouch that the obsession with thin is still alive and dangerously kicking. Veggie teen would love this recipe I think

    • Deena Kakaya October 28, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      Oh no, really? That is disappointing to her on the obsession front. Glad that veggie teen will enjoy this one, least it contains a variety of nutrients eh x

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