Palak Paneer is one of the famous curries of north india. I have tasted this and its seen in menus almost in every Indian Restaurants. The rich smooth taste along with the cubes of Paneer makes a rich side dish for the Indian flat breads. We being a South Indian family, have not been exposed to things like Paneer until before the past 10-12 years. Even now my hubby is a picky eater when it comes to North Indian dishes. The very first time when I made a dish with Paneer, he did not like it and it became a waste. Could be I was also at fault, that I did not cook it the right way. So, I was always a little intimidated to cook dishes with Paneer. I was on the constant look out to make the dish right so that it can be a good indulgence.
I came across a book written by "Raghavan Iyer" called "660 Curries". The method seemed real simple, but I had made minor changes to suit our tastes. And voila, Palak Paneer was a big hit! My hubby ate it and said it was real tasty. So here goes my recipe
- Spinach - 1 bunch
- Paneer cubes - 1" cubes, 1 cup
- Onion - 1, chopped finely
- Tomato - 1, chopped finely
- Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Dry Red Chillies - 2
- Red Chilli pwd - 1/2 tsp
- Dhania pwd - 1 tsp
- Turmeric pwd - 1/4 tsp
- Heavy cream - 1/4 cup or Yogurt - 1/2 cup
- Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp
- Salt to taste
Clean and chop the Spinach. Steam cook it in hot water. I pressured cooked it for 5 minutes without the whistle weight. Let it cool a little bit. Transfer it to the food processor and make a puree of it.
Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the paneer cubes and set them aside. Heat oil in a Kadai and when hot break the dry red chilies and fry them. Take care not to burn them. Then drop the Cumin seeds and the Fennel seeds. When they cracle, add the finely chopped onions. Keep frying till they start to brown at the sides. Then add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell is gone. By this time, the oil would be floating on top. Then add the chopped tomatoes and cook till it is real soft. Press your spatula and it will become a good red gravy. At this point add the pureed Spinach and let it to boil. Add salt and mix it well. Then add the Paneer cubes and allow it to boil till you see some oil floating around the sides.
It is suggested by Raghavan Iyer to add yogurt to this recipe. Remove the pan from heat and add the yogurt. Otherwise the heat will curdle the yogurt. If you do not like yogurt, add heavy cream. Serve hot with Indian breads
This recipe goes to the "Side Dish for Chappathi" event hosted by Viki of Viki's Kitchen.
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