TV Chef and Food Columnist Sarah Ali Choudhury, is known for her love of fine cuisine. Sarah was finalist for The Rising Star with Bournemouth Tourism Awards, Winner of UK Small Awards and has been shortlisted as Semi Finalist for Influential Woman of the Year and Inspirational Woman of the Year by Venus Awards Dorset.

Now Sarah will be exploring local restaurants to find out what's good and what's not starting next week.

Sarah says: " Are you fed up of seeing pictures of peoples dinner? If so, look away, I’m afraid it’s unlikely to improve! I believe that if you have enjoyed your meal out its money well spent!"

You have been warned!

In the meantime here is one of her popular side dishes for you to try at home.

Saag Paneer


1tbsp sunflower oil

1 small onion (Finely chopped)

1 tsp garlic paste

1tsp ginger paste

half tsp salt

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 quarter tsp turmeric powder

1 tiny piece of a naga chilli

1 bag spinach

1 plum tomato

150g paneer (cubed)

1 tbsp single cream

Fresh Coriander


I started by adding the oil to a hot pan, then added the garlic, ginger, onion and salt and a tiny cut of the naga. I allowed that to saute on a medium heat while I chopped the spinach finely. I then added the turmeric, cumin and coriander powder to the sautéing onions and after 5 mins I added the chopped spinach and gave it a good stir ensuring all the onions and spices mixed into the spinach. After a further 5 mins I added the paneer.

It took less than 5 mins before the Saag Paneer Blaze was ready. I added a tbsp of single cream, gave it a stir and left for 2 mins. I finished my cookery demonstration by adding fresh coriander and then served it.

What is Naga?

Naga Viper Chilli is one of the hottest chillies in the world. Apparently it is a cure for stomach troubles and, seemingly paradoxically, a way to fight the crippling summer heat. Their results, backed up by two independent labs and heralded by Guinness, were astonishing. Only a very tiny piece of naga is needed to heat up a dish. Don't bite into a naga and wash your hands after handling one because it can be known to have very lasting effects!