One of the most interesting chapters of my highly treasured copy of Raghavan Iyer's 660 Curries is the section entitled "contemporary curries." As if his more traditional Indian recipes weren't tempting enough, the fusion-style offerings are a must try for cooks looking to spice up Western dishes. A perfect example is this spicy version of macaroni and cheese. There are infinite ways to prepare mac and cheese, but I think this must be the first time I've come across an Indian-style preparation. I honestly cannot recommend this creamy combination of pasta, paneer and spinach highly enough. Paneer lovers like myself will certainly want to give this a try.
This is a stove top version, making it a good choice for hot summer days when you really don't want to turn on the oven but can't resist serving up an old classic with a special twist. You could also try this recipe with goat cheese or Feta instead of paneer with stellar results.
|Indian-Style Macaroni and Paneer Cheese with Spinach|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from 660 Curries
Published on June 25, 2009
A delicious "grown-up" Indian-style version of the comfort food classic, macaroni and cheese, with gentle spicing, wilted spinach, and tender pieces of soft creamy paneer cheese — this is a new classic!
More pasta recipes from Lisa's Kitchen:
Vegetarian Mushroom Bourguignon
Penne with Indian-Style Tomato Sauce and Mushrooms
Pasta and Feta Cheese Casserole