Sunday 27 March 2016

Palak paneer (Indian cottage cheese in spinach)

These days I have been spending less time cooking as my mom is visiting us and she has taken over the kitchen. I am now usually the sous-chef or assistant whilst also writing recipes down. :) Today we decided to make palak paneer, which is Indian cottage cheese cooked in a spinach sauce. This dish is quite simple to make. Everyone has a different way of making it. This is how my mom made it today - super quick, healthy and tasty :)  

Serves 4


500 gms spinach
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
5 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
3-4 chopped green chillies (or as per taste)
250 gms paneer, cut into cubes
2 - 3 tbsp ghee or oil
1 cup water
Salt to taste


Roughly chop the spinach and blanch in salted boiling water for about a minute. Drain under cold water. 

Grind the blanched spinach, tomatoes, green chillies and ginger together to form a paste. Cover and keep aside (blanching the spinach and then keeping it covered after making the paste helps the spinach retain its vivid green colour) 

In a pan, heat the ghee. Add the garlic and fry till lightly brown. Add the spinach paste and the water (add more water if preferred). Toss in the paneer pieces, add salt and simmer for 5-7 minutes. 

Serve with hot rotis, parathas or rice.

That's how simple and easy making palak paneer can be! :)

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