Thursday, September 4, 2014

Palak Paneer Recipe


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Recipe type: main
Cuisine: north indian
Serves: 4
for the palak puree:
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach/palak
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 garlic, roughly chopped (optional)
  • ½ inch ginger, roughly chopped
for the palak curry:
  • 1 small or medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small or medium sized tomato, chopped
  • 4-5 garlic/lahsun, finely chopped
  • ½ or ¾ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ½ tsp red chili powder (optional)
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing (optional)
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder (add more if required)
  • 1 bay leaf/tej patta
  • 200 gms paneer or tofu
  • 1 or 2 tbsp cream, low fat 25% to 35% (i used amul cream)
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee or unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi leaves/dry fenugreek leaves (optional)
  • salt as required
  • water as required
  • a few teaspoons of cream or butter for topping the palak paneer (optional)
making the spinach puree:
  1. rinse the spinach very well in water.
  2. boil water in a pan with some salt.
  3. switch off the fire and add the spinach leaves in the hot water.
  4. close with a lid and let the spinach leaves sit in the water for 2-3 mins.
  5. drain and immediately add the leaves in a pan or bowl containing ice cold water.
  6. this method helps in preserving the green color of the spinach.
  7. drain and then puree the spinach in a blender or hand held blender with ginger, garlic and green chilies.
  8. make a smooth puree.
making the palak curry:
  1. heat oil or ghee in a pan or kadai.
  2. fry the cumin first.
  3. then add the bay leaves and onions.
  4. saute till the onions become browned.
  5. now add the garlic and saute till the raw aroma goes away.
  6. add the tomatoes. saute till the tomatoes become soft.
  7. add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and asafoetida.
  8. stir and saute for some seconds.
  9. add the spinach puree. add some water if required.
  10. simmer for 6-7 minutes or more till the spinach is cooked.
  11. lastly add salt and garam masala.
  12. stir and add the paneer cubes.
  13. cook the gravy till the paneer cubes become soft and succulent. about 1 to 2 minutes.
  14. add cream and stir.
  15. simmer for 30 seconds or a minute.
  16. at this stage you can also add some crushed kasuri methi leaves.
  17. stir and serve the palak paneer hot with some rotis, naan or jeera rice.
  18. you can top the palak paneer with some butter or cream also while serving.
the paneer of tofu cubes can be also be lightly fried and then added to the curry. i this case, you don't need to cook the paneer or tofu in the gravy as when frying they are already cooked.

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