Palak Paneer Recipe – Combination of Fresh Spinach Leaves and Paneer Cubes.
Palak paneer is a green coloured curry that is made using just a few spices. Fresh palak leaves give the dish a good taste too. Palak leaves are rich in iron content and are good for kids and even the elders. This curry is mildly spiced. We also add fresh paneer cubes to this which makes the curry even more tasty. Paneer is rich in calcium and good for the development of bones. Here is a simple recipe of palak paneer. This curry can be served with chapati/ roti/ naan or even paranthas.
Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Serves: 3 -4
Spinach / palak – 1 bunch
Ghee 1-2 tbsp (butter optional)
Green chilli -2
Onion 1/2 finely chopped
Tomato 1/2 finely chopped
Jeera -1/2 tbsp
Kasuri methi optional
Green cardamom 1-2
Cinnamon – 1/4th inch
Ginger – 1/4inch
Garlic cloves – 2
Salt to taste
- Clean and wash the spinach leaves well. In a vessel, take some water and boil it. When water starts to boil, add spinach leaves. Close the lid and boil till the leaves go soft. Let them cool.
- Once the spinach is blanched, take it out of the vessel and store the excess water. To the mixie, add the blanched spinach, green chilli, ginger and garlic and blend it into a smooth puree.
- In a pan, heat ghee or butter then add jeera and let it splutter. Then add cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. After a few seconds add kasuri methi to to it and saute till the spices turn aromatic. Then add finely chopped onions and saute till they turn golden brown. Then add tomatoes and saute till they soften. You can now add the smooth spinach puree. Add salt to taste. Let the mixture boil. To adjust consistency you may add the stored water from the blanched spinach.
- Meanwhile in a small pan, take a spoon of ghee add the paneer cubes. Saute till they turn golden brown. Once the curry is boiled you can add the paneer and fresh cream or the cream that you get from boiling milk boil for a minute. Then turn off the flame. You can now serve this with roti/chapati/phulka/naan. It may also be used as a side dish with rice items too.
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