Indian Recipes: Palak Paneer

Monday, August 24, 2009

Palak Paneer

Serves: 4
Cooking time (approx.): 20 minutes
Style: Indian Vegetarian Recipes
Category: Indian Recipes

Palak Paneer Ingredients:
Spinach - 1, 16oz pkt chopped, frozen (about 1/2 kg)Paneer - 7 oz or 200 gOil - 3 tbspOnions - 2 med, mincedGinger - 1″ pc, mincedGarlic - 4 cloves, mincedWater - 1/2 cupTomatoes - 2 large or 1, 14oz can diced (pureed)Garam Masala - 2 tspCumin Powder - 1 tspCoriander Powder - 2 tspRed Chili Powder - to tasteSalt - to tasteTurmeric Powder - 1/4 tspHeavy Whipping Cream - 8 tbsp or to tasteMilk - to taste (optional)
Palak Paneer Directions:
Cook frozen Spinach with 1/2 cup Water in a microwave safe dish for 7-8 minutes stirring in between.
Blend cooked Spinach to desired texture (avoid over-blending).
Heat 2 tbsp Oil in a medium non-stick pan on high heat.
Once Oil is hot, add in the minced Onions, stir, cover and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
Add in the Ginger and Garlic and mix. Cook for another 4-5 minutes.
Add in the Tomates, cover and cook till the oil seperates from the mixture.
Keep stirring frequently as the Masala (Onion, Tomato, Ginger & Garlic mixture) tends to burn very fast.
While the Masala is cooking, cube the paneer to desired size…1/2″ cubes work well.
In a non-stick frying pan, heat the remaining 1 tbsp Oil.
Once Oil is hot, add in the paneer cubes and let them cook till they are golden brown on all sides.
Remove from the pan into a plate with paper towel to soak the excess oil.
In a couple of minutes, pour the Paneer into a bowl of cold water. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, once the Masala is prepared, add in the mashed Spinach.
Mix and add the Garam Masala, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Salt, Chili Powder & Turmeric Powder.
Mix well and cook for 3-5 minutes.
Add in the desired amount of Cream and /or Milk. Mix and cook for another few minutes.
Gently squeeze the water out of the Paneer and put the Paneer in the Spinach.
Mix gently and serve hot.
Serves 4 . Enjoy with Naan, Chapati, Paratha or Rice.
Health tip- some great substitutes for Heavy Whipping Cream are Milk, Soymilk, Lactaid, Half and Half or Evaporated Milk.

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