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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Palak Paneer

Palak paneer has been in my to-do list for a very long time but the huss has never been a big fan of spinach based gravies. Spinach to him is meant for keerai masiyal and nothing more than that. I have been doing a lot of experimenting for the past three weeks since I have an extra new guinea pig at hand and this one is not as picky as the huss. He happily gorges on anything that comes out from my kitchen with a happy grin and it-tastes-awesome look.

Coming to the recipe, palak paneer is a very famous north Indian gravy that has been adapted by many all over the world. You could make the dish as rich as possible or you could make it skinny if you are so health conscious. Rich is when you make it all-butter or ghee and adding a healthy dollop of cream at the end. And skinny is when you cheat by using oil and milk. Both ways it tastes good and makes a perfect side dish for chapathis or naans.

Prep time: 10 mins; Cook time: 20 mins; Serves - 3-4
~*What U Need*~
For the palak puree:
Fresh spinach - 1 bunch
Green chillies - 2

Onion - 1, medium, finely chopped
Tomato - 1, medium, pureed
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Kasuri methi - 1 tsp, crushed
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf - 1

Paneer - 1 cup, cubed
Ghee - 2 tbsp, divided
Salt, water

How I Made it:
Rinse the spinach in water. Boil water with some salt. Add the spinach leaves and allow to sit for 2-3 mins. Drain and immediately immerse in cold water. Reserve one cup of water. Drain and then puree the spinach in a blender with 1 green chili into a smooth puree. Heat ghee in a pan and fry cumin and bayleaf and slit green chilli. Add the onions and fry till brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes off. Grind the tomato and add this to the masala. Fry till oil separates.


Add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala and fry for 2 mins. Add the spinach puree and some water and cook in medium flame for 6-7 mins. Fry the paneer cubes in remaining ghee till evenly browned and add this to the spinach gravy. Add kasuri methi leaves and mix well.

Serve warm with rotis or naan or jeera rice. You can top with some butter or cream also.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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6 comments:

  1. Delicious curry for rotis..u cud replace paneeer with channa too for healtgy variation..ofc paneer is not u healthy:)

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  2. very healthy curry,yumm with rotis :)

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  3. awesome and inviting palak paneer gravy.

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  4. I too always prefer low fat version, palak paneer with rotis looks inviting..
    LOL @ extra new guinea pig at hand :D ithellam too much..paavam kutty paiyan ;)

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  5. Wow yummy dear!!! Loved the presentation....

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