Sunday, May 24, 2009

Palak Paneer (Indian cottage cheese in a spinach based sauce)

Palak Paneer or cottage cheese in a creamy fresh spinach sauce is delicious green food. This healthy (spinach), wholesome (cheese!) indulgence leaves an indelible mark on flavours and food colors of North Indian cuisine.

Palak paneer is cooked in a tomato, onion spinach curry. A riot of Indian spices make this dish a special treat. The sauteed onions add a crunch to the dish, the tomato flirts on the tangy side, and garam masala spells it's magic! Try using pureed spinach.

Ingredients:
1. 1 can Spinach Puree
2. 3/4 onion, chopped
3. 1 tomato, chopped
4. Olive oil
5. 1 teaspoon garlic paste
6. 1 teaspoon ginger paste
7. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
8. 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
9. 1 teaspoon garam masala
10. Salt to taste
11. 1 cup chopped and thawed Frozen Cottage cheese
12. Drops of lemon juice.
13. 1 teaspoon coriander powder

Instructions:
1. Heat oil in a saucepan
2. Ad onion and saute until tender
3. Add tomato and cover for 5-10 mins.
4. Add turmeric powder and cover again. Saute until the tomato onion paste leaves the oil that is now yellow because of the turmeric.
5. Add pureed spinach and let simmer for about 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
6. Add red chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder and cover. Let simmer again for another 10 mins or until the water in the puree disappears.
7. Add lemon juice and mix well.
8. Add salt.
9 Add cottage cheese and cover again. Substitute cottage cheese with tofu for a guilt free indulgence ;-)

Serve hot with Paranthas.

Chef's tip: Add yogurt/milk/half and half/or ground cashew nut for a creamy texture.

9 comments:

Prathibha said...

Even i did this recently and coming soon in my blog...looks yummy gal..

Ammu said...

Lovely dish. I like paneer dishes a lot. And this is my fav too.

Happy cook said...

I love paneer but have to say i dodn't like palak paneer. It was neve rmy fav dish.

Priti said...

Umm....I love this..looks gud

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow this is an evergreen combo.....Looks yum......

Varunavi said...

All time fav,my mom's fav as well.

Usha said...

Classic dish, looks yum !

Food Fanatic said...

Hehe same pinch Prathiba :)

Hi Ammu! Welcome to my blog :) So glad to have you here.

Happy cook, I second you. But when it comes to cooking, the typical veggies get pretty boring. It is then that things like paneer need attention :)

Thank you, Priti!

Hey Lubna, I love your new and improved pics on your blog!!

Yes, Varunavi and Usha. This is a true classic!

Meetee said...

Looks tempting...I hope I can gt a chance to have you hand made dishes :)

Lucky M. :P ;)

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