Palak Paneer (Spinach & Indian Cottage Cheese)

January, the month means very different things to each one of us. A start of a new year, end of the holidays, beginning of the busy work season or even beginning of the end of winters in some parts of the world. For most of us, though, January is a month of new resolutions and for me like every past year has had a resolution to eat healthy and lose the extra kilos.

Eating green veggies is one of my worst nightmare’s, but then thankfully Indian recipes because of being largely made for Vegetarians spice up the usual green veggies and give us a perfectly tasty and healthy recipe at the same time. This one uses Paneer and spinach which you may have had around in your regular takeaways or Indian restaurants, generally sold as Saag Paneer.

Here goes the recipe

Serves : 3-4 people

What will you need (Ingredients)

300 grams of Spinach

150 grams of Paneer cubed

2 Cloves of Garlic crushed & chopped

1/2 inch of ginger chopped.

2-3 Green chillies

1 small sized onion chopped.

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp of garam masala

1 tsp dried fenugreek or kasuri methi.

1/2 tbsp Oil to cook

Salt to taste.

Method

  1. Set aside the cubed paneer in hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Blanch the Spinach for 2 minutes in boiling water
  3. Remove the spinach from boiling water into iced water; this is done to preserve the green colour of spinach and stop overcooking the spinach.
  4. Blend the blanched spinach & green chillies and make a puree.
  5. In a pan heat the oil and add in chopped garlic and ginger.
  6. Add chopped onions and allow it to cook on medium heat.
  7. Squeeze to remove excess water from spinach and add to mixture.
  8. Allow to cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Add red chilli powder, turmeric corainder powder & salt. Stir them into mixture
  10. Add the soften paneer into the mixture and cook for 5 to 8 minutes.
  11. Add garam masala & kasuri methi. Serve hot

Serving Suggestion

Since we are eating healthy, serve it with whole wheat roti.

Tip : You can lightly pan fry the paneer before adding to the curry, for a charred flavour.

 

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