Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Palak Paneer (Cottage Cheese cooked in Spinach Curry)

Spinach- A rich source of iron and Paneer (cottage cheese) - A rich source of Protein; combined in a rich creamy spicy sauce! Delicious!
A perfect entree to be served with Hot Naans, Paranthas or Rotis. I make Palak Paneer quite often because not only it is delicious; but a good source of iron & protein and one of my husband's favorite!

Here is the recipe for you all. This recipe serves 4. ( Printable view of recipe)

 2 Spinach bunches- Stems separated and Washed thoroughly. ( Or you can get the packed ones that are cut and pre-washed)
450 gm Paneer/Cottage Cheese ( Cut into 1/2 inch thick cubes)
1 Large Onion
2 Medium Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Chopped Ginger
2 Green Chillies
1 tsp- Cumin Seeds
1 pinch Asfoetida 
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
3/4th tsp Garam Masala
3 Tbsp Oil
2 Tbsp Fresh cream or Butter
Salt and Red Chilli Powder to Taste

1. Boil the washed Spinach in a Presurre Cooker with some water. Just boil it until it whistles twice and switch off the flame.
2. Open the pressure cooker and strain the water. Let the spinach cool down for a while.
3. Once the spinach cools down, put it in the mixer and grind it into fine paste along with the green chillies.
4. Heat oil in a pan. Add Asfoetida and cumin seeds. When cumin seeds begin to change colour, add chopped ginger and sauté for 30 seconds
5. Add the chopped onions and saute until it changes color to golden brown. 
6. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes becomes tender and soft.
7. Add all the spices/masalas at this point and mix well. If the masala is too dry, add a tbsp of water and stir it and let it cook for a 3-4 minutes.
8. Add the Spinach puree now and stir.
9. Check for seasoning and add water if required.
10. Let it cook on medium low for 8-10 minutes.
11. Add Paneer/Cottage Cheese at this point and stir well. Let it cook more for 8-10 more minutes on medium low flame. ( Stir in between).
12. Add Cream/Butter and stir. Cook for 1 more minute.

SERVE HOT with Naan, Parantha or Roti.


kathyvegas said...

One of my favorite dishes in the world!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks fantastic. Nice click.

Devi Meyyappan said...

Woow yummy dish!.. looks soo tempting!!.. I would like to share some awards with you please collect it from by blog:)

Prathibha said...

one of my most favorite gravy..looks wonderful..pass me some portion na

Rachana Kothari said...

Palak Paneer looks really tempting and a beautiful click too:)
Enjoyed your lovely space here:)

Cicily Antony said...

palak paneer looks yummy...

Babli said...

I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation with mouth watering picture of palak paneer.
You are welcome in my blogs. Now I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog hereafter.

Sanjana said...

Snap! Again! :) I made palak paneer yesterday! Love your recipe and the picture!

Usha said...

One of my favorites, looks perfect !

Jagruti said...

Love palak paneer...looks so yummy and delicious..:))

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