Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Palak Paneer / Spinach with cottage cheese

Ingredients:


Spinach (palak) - 2 bunches
Milk - 1cups or Heavy Wiping Cream -2tbp
Paneer Cube - 1lb
Onions -2
Green chillies - 2 or 3
Finely Chopped Ginger -1/2 inch piece
Finely Chopped Garlic - 2 clove
Chopped Coriander/ Cilantro - 2tbs
Chili Powder -1 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
Dry mango powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masal - 1/2 tsp
Butter or oil - 2 tblsp
Salt - to taste

Method:


  1. Chop Paneer into 1/2inch by 1 inch pieces. Shallow fry Paneer/ Cottage cheese pieces(optional) with little oil spray.  
  2. Chop onions and mince ginger and garlic.
  3. Wash spinach/ Palak and keep it aside.
  4. Take a cooking bowl and start heating up 5 cups of water, when the water starts boiling add 1tsp of sugar, Spinach and green chili, turn off the flame after a minute.
  5. Drain excess water and let it cool for 5-10 min and blend it to a smooth paste.
  6. Rinse shallow fried Paneer cubes in hot water and take out all excess water by slightly squeezing them.  If Paneer is not fried then skip rinsing it.
  7. In a pan heat butter or oil, then add onion, garlic, ginger, keep frying until it leaves fresh aroma.(for 5-8 minutes)
  8. Now add Spinach/ Palak paste, chilipowder,turmeric powder, mango powder, salt, milk/cream, garam masala and Paneer Cubes. if required add few spoons of water. Mix well and boil till it becomes semi thick gravy.
  9. Garnish with Chopped Coriander/ Cilantro.
Serve hot with Cooked Basmathi Rice or Indian Naan.