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Friday, April 12, 2013

Palak-Paneer Masala | Spinach-Cottage cheese Curry

Palak-paneer masala(Spinach-Cottage cheese curry) is a yummy north indian delicacy,very rich and delicious masala when paired with naan or rotis.Spinach/palak is one of the largely used green leafy vegetables and a healthy green too.Kids usually don't like eating greens and feeding them greens is a big issue but if paired with paneer they would love munching the cubes.And so,they don't like the bright green color too.I have modified the color with microwaving and adding tomatoes.I cooked this sometime back during our lent time.Also,in this dish the spinach is pureed and added.I adapted the recipe from Vahchef's video,here.The dish was very delicious with rotis.Do give it a try if u haven't tried the authentic flavors in this dish !!



Ingredients
palak 7oz (190gm)
homemade paneer 100-150gm cubed
onion 1 fine chopped
ginger garlic paste 1tbsp
green chillies chopped 2-3
tomato 1 chopped
coriander powder1tsp
cumin powder 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds1 tsp
turmeric powder1/4 tsp
red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
whipping cream 2-3tbsp(optional)
whole garam masala(cinnamon,cloves,cardamom)2 each/garam masala powder 1tsp
dry fenugreek leaves  /kasoori methi 1tsp
oil 1-2 tbsp
salt


Method
  • Wash and place the spinach in a microwave safe bowl with water or heat a pan with water about 1/4 cup water,add spinach leaves and cook(about 2 minutes) uncovered until wilted.(Microwave takes about 3-4 minutes on high.)
  • Blend  the wilted spinach without water in coarse mixture.(Don't overblend )
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the paneer slightly if you wish and remove, place on a plate.(I have skipped this step).To the same oil,add the whole garam masala if using.Crackle the cumin seeds.Add onion and saute until sauteed and brown in color.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute till raw smell dispppears.
  • Add in the tomatoes and cook till these are mushy.Add the spices;red chilli powder,coriander powder,cumin powder,turmeric powder.Saute till raw smell disappears.Crush the fenugreek leaves in your palm and add the green chillies.
  • Add the spinach puree and cook till done /the oil separates at the surface.Add the garam masala powder.
  • Add in the paneer cubes.Cook for another 1 minute,lower the flame and add the heavy whipping cream.
  • Turn off heat and serve hot.Add more cream for garnish if required !!!

Servings ~2-3 adults

NOTES
* Cook the spinach uncovered to retain the color.
* Adding a pinch of nutmeg adds flavor but is optional.
* I used homemade paneer,recipe is here.The homemade paneer is much softer in texture than the store brought one.




35 comments:

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummylicous !!!!
Love it :)

Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

who can resist this?

Priya Elias said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds yum Julie!

Beena.stephy said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy and healthy

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Flavourful yummy looking palak paneer, would love to eat with chapati.

Pavithra R said... Best Blogger Tips

Look at the color of the palak, looks fresh and delightful. I think tomato made the difference! Also the beautifully coated paneer's texture is soft and perfect. Any day, pureed palak looks better than the beaten and pasted palak.
Looks very delicious, Julie!

Rita Bose said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Super-yummy palak paneer! :)
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PT said... Best Blogger Tips

all time fav combo.. perfect with roti..

Kitchen Queen said... Best Blogger Tips

what a tempting curry. i can finish that whole bowl.

Tisa Jacob said... Best Blogger Tips

One of my favorite green dishes and its screaming my name. Thank you Ms. Julie, a healthful eat that's quite a tasty one too.

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Palak paneer looks awesome, finger licking good Julie.

nayana said... Best Blogger Tips

A family favourite dish , prepared regularly in my house, yours looking yummy.....

Sapana Behl said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy ! Love to have it on a cold night.

Srimathi Mani said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious Julie. Makes me feel hungry.

Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

love this healthy curry, kids love this for sure...

Deeksha said... Best Blogger Tips

looks very inviting.

Chitz said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent side kick for nan & roti esp when u r in lent :)

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Palak panner is a nice combo and comforting meal with roti

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Palak Pnaeer...but Manish isn't a fan...lovely pics Julie!

Luv,
Manju
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Vineetha said... Best Blogger Tips

Same pinch..we r also having paalak paneer today...I love it and so does my lil one..yummy !!

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

I dont mind inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this delicious palak paneer with some parathas..

Shobha said... Best Blogger Tips

All time favourite.. palak paneer

Shella said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a favourite at my home. Especially my LO loves it n so does her father.... I like the idea if fenugreek in it. Never tried.

Maha Gadde said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy n mouthwatering palak paneer!!
MAHA

Puja said... Best Blogger Tips

This is one of my most fav paneer curries and yours has turn out wonderful, nicely taken pics too.

Puja

DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Love Palak paneer.. Looks so delicious and flavorful..

Follow Foodie said... Best Blogger Tips

I too make this often . Love ur version

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Amrita Vishal said... Best Blogger Tips

A favorite dish always!!looks amazing

Ambreen (Simply Sweet 'n Savory) said... Best Blogger Tips

Tempting clicks, lovely color & looks absolutely yummy!

Divya Pramil said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks super delicious... :) I can have a full bowl of this... Nice clicks :)

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Truly yummy and worth it dear...Happy Vishu to you and family.

Ola said... Best Blogger Tips

I am not a kid anymore, I would like a portion please:)
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Maayeka said... Best Blogger Tips

My all time favourite ..healthy and delicious curry

Nilu A said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a big fan of palak paneer... Love it to the core... Your recipe looks delicious and tempting... Nice clicks Julie :-)