Monday 16 October 2017

Diwali 2017: Palak Paneer - Spinach Cottage Cheese Recipe

Hello foodies,

With the onset of winter season, a plethora of green leafy vegetables enter our vegetable marts. One of the popular green leafy veggie is Palak/Spinach. Today's recipe is a popular combination made without onion and garlic in the confines of my Jain kitchen, but just as flavorful. Hope you like the recipe!

Ingredients (you will need):

Palak/Spinach, 500 grams
Salt, to taste
Red Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
Amchoor Powder/Khatai/Dried Mango Powder, 1 tsp
Cumin/Jeera seeds, 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder, 1 tbsp
Ghee/clarified Butter, 1 tablespoon
Fresh Cream, 1 tbsp
Paneer/Cottage Cheese, 125 grams
Chopped Tomatoes, 2
Tomato puree, 1 tbsp

Cooking steps:
1. Wash the cut the spinach properly. Check for any infestation. Then pressure cook the spinach with chopped tomatoes for 2 whistles. Blend the resulting mixture with a hand blender. It should look something like the picture below.

 2. Next, in a wok/kadai heat some ghee/clarified butter. Wait for a minute and then add cumin seeds. Let them cook for 10 seconds/till fragrant.

3. Next add in all spices except amchoor powder, and saute them for 20 seconds. Take care so as to not burn the spices.

4. Add in tomato puree and cook the mixture for another minute or so.

5. Add in the cooked spinach followed by the amchoor powder and salt as per taste.

6. Let the mixture come to a boil so that the flavor of the spices is incorporated into the spinach. 

7. At this stage add in the paneer cut into cubes or as cuboids as I have done. Simmer and cook for another 10 minutes.

8. Healthy and delicious Palak Panner is ready. Serve with Rotis, Paranthas, Naan, Poori, or Lachcha Parantha as per your preference.

Wishing you a very Happy Diwali and I sincerely wish that you enjoy the festival of lights with loads of healthy and good food!

Bon Apetit!

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