Mains, Vegetarian

Paneer & Cauliflower Tarka Dahl

Cooking method:

Ninja Foodi MAX 15-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker with Smart Cook System OL750
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total time: 35 mins
  • Skill Easy
  • Serves 4 people

Paneer & Cauliflower Tarka Dahl

TIP: To added more flavour and texture the paneer can be air fried first. Cut into 2cm cubes and dust with ½ teaspoon turmeric. Place in crisper basket. Select AIR FRY and set time to 10 minutes and temperature to 200˚C. Press START/STOP to begin cooking. After 5 minutes preheating, add paneer. Cook for 5 minutes. The paneer should be brown and crisp on outside.


Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Dairy


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2.5cm piece fresh root ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp chilli powder or 1 chilli deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Small handful coriander, leaves and stalks, roughly chopped (reserve some for garnish)
  • 400g cauliflower, cut into 5cm florets
  • 200g red split lentils, well rinsed
  • 400ml can chopped tomatoes
  • 600ml water
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 225g Paneer cheese, cut into 2cm cubed`

Cooking mode

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  • Step 1

    Select SEAR/SAUTE, set to 3 and press START/STOP to begin. Add oil and preheat for a few minutes. Then add onions, cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add garlic, ginger, spices, salt and half the fresh coriander to pot. Cook for several minutes to release flavour of spices, if necessary, add a few tablespoons of warm water to prevent sticking. Add cauliflower florets, lentils, tomatoes and water

  • Step 2

    Close lid, move slider to the left position, making sure the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position. Select PRESSURE and set to HIGH. Set time to 5 minutes. Use the arrows to the left of the display to select PRESSURE RELEASE and select QUICK RELEASE. Press START/STOP to begin cooking (the display will show PRE for approximately 9 minutes as its pressure builds, then the timer will start counting down)

  • Step 3

    When cooking is complete, open lid and move slider to AIR FRY/COOKER, select SEAR/SAUTE, set to 3 and press START. Stir in garam masala and paneer cheese and cook for several minutes until heated through. Stir in remaining chopped coriander, remove cinnamon stick, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with basmati rice