Palak Paneer


Ingredients : (Serves 3)

500 gms paneer

3 green chillies

2 bunches of palak (spinach)

1 large onion chopped

1 large tomato chopped

1/2 tspoon turmeric pwdr

1 tspoon chilli powder

1 tspoon coriander pwdr

1 spoon kasuri methi (optional)

1 tspoon jeera

7-8 chopped garlic cloves

1/2 cup fresh cream (optional)

1 tbspoon oil

salt as per taste

Procedure :

  • Clean the palak. Soak and boil in hot water for 4-5 mins. Do not close the lid on the vessel as the leaves will turn black.
  • The leaves will be soft in 4-5 mins after which we can turn off the heat and drain the water.
  • Cool and grind along with the green chillies to form a smooth puree. Do not add water.
  • Keep this palak puree aside.
  • Now heat oil in a skillet and add jeera to it. Once it splutters, add the garlic and fry for a minute.
  • Now add the onion and some salt. As mentioned before, this salt helps to cook the onion fast. We may need to add more salt later.
  • Once the onion turns translucent, add the turmeric, red chilli pwdr, coriander pwdr and garam masala pwdr. Cook till the raw small of the masala vanishes.
  • Now add the chopped tomato and cook for 5-10 mins till the whole mixture feels smooth and all the ingredients blend well into each other.
  • Now add the palak puree into the above masala mixture and stir well. Add more salt if needed.
  • Next add the paneer cubes to this and stir well to incorporate the palak masala onto the paneer cubes.
  • This last step is optional. You may add fresh cream to the above mixture and turn off the heat. Cream gives a rich taste to the dish but it is an optional ingredient.
  • Serve hot with rotis

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