Friday, October 24, 2008

Palak paneer

Palak Paneer is one dish liked by every Indian. Its nutritious and also tasty. My first attempt to try it was when I saw those lush green bunches of spinach in one supermarket. I carried them home and made some paneer at home and was all set to go. But was not sure how to make it. Thats when I typed "Palak Paneer+Recipe" in our very own Google and landed up with a loads of recipes. After reading many of them thought of trying something on my own and ended up with one yummy version!!

  • 100 gms – Paneer cubes
  • 2 tbsp - Oil
  • 1 - Bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp – Cumin seeds
  • 1 - Onion, ground to a fine paste
  • 2 cloves – Garlic, ground to a fine paste
  • 1 tsp - Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp - Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp – Pepper powder
  • 1 tsp – Garam masala
  • 1 tsp – Cream (Optional)
  • 1 tbsp - Grated paneer/cheese
  • Salt to taste

To pressure cook:

  • 1 bunch – Spinach
  • ½” piece – Ginger
  • 1 – Onion, diced
  • 1 – Tomato, diced
  • 2 – Green chillies, slit


  • Add very little water and pressure cook the spinach with the rest of the ingredients (just 2-3 whistle is enough) and when done, cool it and puree it
  • Heat a pan with 1 tbsp of oil and fry the paneer cubes till golden brown and keep aside. In order to keep the paneer soft, immerse it in some lukewarm water with a generous pinch of turmeric powder.
  • In the same pan, heat the rest of the oil and crackle the cumin seeds and sauté the bay leaf. Add the onion and garlic paste and sauté till slight brown.
  • Add the coriander powder, cumin powder, pepper and garam masala, salt and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Now add the spinach puree into the pan along with the fried paneer and mix well. Simmer for 2 minutes and turn off the gas
  • Garnish with grated cheese/paneer and some fresh cream and serve hot with rotis or paranthas

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