Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Palak paneer

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Popeye's favourite and mine too... Spinach aka palak is very rich in nutrients and what better way to eat it than palak paneer. Easy to make and delicious. Use homemade paneer for extra taste.



Ingredients:

Palak / Spinach - 1 bunch or 3 cups
Onion - 1 medium
Garlic - 1-2 cloves
Ginger - 1/2" piece
Green chillis - 1-2 (you may increase or decrease depending on your liking and the spicyness of the chillis)
Jeera/cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Amchur / Dry mango powder - 1 tsp or Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Paneer - 1 cup or 200gms (cubed)
Salt

Method:

Wash the palak leaves until clean.
Boil 4 cups of water in a pan.
Add the palak leaves. Do not cover the pan. Allow the leaves to boil for 3 mins. This gives the palak paneer the bright green color. If you are in a hurry, you can pressure cook the palak for 1 whistle.
Switch off the gas and let the leaves be there for another 2 mins
In another pan, add ice cold water (around 2-3 cups)
Drain the palak and immediately immerse in the ice cold water
Grind the onion along with the ginger and garlic into a paste.
Cool the palak and grind it into a paste along with the green chillis.
Heat oil in a kadhai.
Add the cumin seeds.
Once the cumin seeds splutter, add the onion paste and cook.
After around 2-3 minutes add the palak mixture.
Add salt.
Add water if required and cook for around 5 minutes.
Add the paneer and cook for 2 more minutes.(The paneer can be added as it is or can be fried in a little bit of oil and added)
Serve hot with chapatis.

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