The paneer cubes are smothered in a silky smooth palak (spinach) gravy which is made by blanching and then blending the spinach until it is smooth and velvety. Some people like the crisp texture of paneer and they fry the cubes before adding it to the gravy. I haven't fried the paneer in this recipe so basically it's up to you whether you like it fried or otherwise. Although mildly spiced, this spinach and paneer side dish still packs a punch full of flavour. Adding cream is also an option which I tend to exclude in my savoury dishes because I like to save the calories for the dessert.
Apart from basic spices like cumin and coriander the addition of fresh green chillies adds a spark and depth of flavour to the otherwise bland tasting spinach. The paneer cubes lend not only texture but also flavour to this palak paneer recipe making it a family favourite in my home. In fact palak paneer and Paneer Lababdar are the recipes that are a part of the weekly vegetarian menu on my dinner table.
Blanching the spinach ensures it retains it's colour and nutritional value. Here's how to blanch spinach: Boil water to a rolling boil, throw in the washed spinach and blanch for 1 minute. Put the blanched spinach in iced water. Once the spinach is cooled remove from the ice water. Squeeze out as much water as you can from the spinach and pat dry. Set aside to use later.
We all know how beneficial vegetables are for us, spinach is no exception. I am sure that after learning about the benefits of spinach you will want to try out the recipe for palak Paneer even more. Below you will find the ingredient list and the step by step recipe for palak paneer.
|fresh spinach washed and dried||2 lbs|
|vegetable oil||4-5 tbsps|
|onions chopped||1 1/2|
|garlic chopped||1 1/2 tsp|
|red chilli powder||1 1/2 tsp|
|fresh green chillies chopped||2-3|
|cumin powder||1 tsp|
|coriander powder||1 tsp|
|turmeric powder||1/4 tsp|
|kasuri methi(dried fenugreek leaves)||5 tbsps|
Blend the blanched spinach in a high speed blender to obtain a smooth paste.
Also add the salt. Cook this mixture until the oil begins to separate from the sides.
Finally add in the paneer/cottage cheese cubes and stir to combine.
- 2 lbs spinach leaves
- 4-5 tbsps vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 onions chopped
- 2-3 tomatoes chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp grlic chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 2-3 fresh green chillies chopped
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 4 -5 tbsps kasuri methi
- to taste salt