September 19, 2011

Palak Paneer - Cottage Cheese simmered in fresh Spinach Puree

I have never been a huge fan of Palak Paneer honestly. Infact, I never ate much of paneer until a couple of years ago. I don't know how many of you agree, but a good Palak Paneer is hard to come by. Either the Paneer is not fresh, or the lush green palak turns into a brown gravy once cooked or it is laden with too much spices, tomatoes or fresh cream masking the true flavour of Palak Paneer ..

So, I set out to find the almost perfect Palak Paneer recipe, And, after reading dozens of recipes, looking at various food pics & asking a lot of people on Facebook as well, I arrived at My Recipe :-)  And, I was quite satisfied with the results. Perhaps, you may want to try this ...

Test

You Will Need:

  • 3 big bunches of fresh Spinach
  • 200g Paneer - Cut into cubes
  • 2 big white onions
  • 1 small tomato or 1/2 of a large tomato
  •  5 green chillies
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 small stick of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp cashew paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream or 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt as per taste.

How To:
  • In a large pot, bring salted water  to a boil. Add a tsp of sugar & throw in chopped spinach & let it cook for about 3 mins
  • Drain the water & reserve some water to use in the gravy. Immediately rinse under cold water & set aside. Once cool, grind into a paste, without adding any water. Do not grind into a very smooth paste. I should be a coarse paste but smooth enough for it to blend .. so, keep this texture in mind. You can also mash the spinach with a Kadchi, if you like
  • Make a paste using onions, green chillies, cloves, cinnamom & Fennel seeds, without adding water.
  • Meanwhile, bring another pot of salted water into boil. turn off the stove & add paneer cubes. Let them rest in hot water for about 5 mins. Strain & set aside
  • In a large sauce pan, Heat oil, splutter cumin seeds & add onion paste, chopped tomatoes & saute for about 3 mins until raw smell disappears. Add cashew paste, Paneer cubes, salt & mix well. Add Pureed spinach, fresh cream or milk & mix gently. Check for salt & gently simmer for abor 2-3 mins. If the mixture is too thick, you may add the reserved liquid. However, do not make the gravy too rummy. If you are using milk instead of fresh cream, you may not need water at all.
  • Add a pinch of Garam masala before turning off the stove. Once the heat is turned off, add juice of half a lemon & mix well.
  • Let the gravy sit for a while before serving.

Serve warm with Peas Pulao, Phulkas or Naan .. Enjoi !!!

29 comments:

aipi said...

Lovely green color n the shot is perfect n stunning!
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Nitha said...

delicious and fantabulous shot..

Sobha Shyam said...

palak paneer is my all time fav, its a lovely recipe, the click is just superb..

Nithu said...

My all time fav dish. Looks so good.

ANU said...

awesome dear...love the bright green color of palak...

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simply awesome and inviting palak paneer. Already started to drool over here :)!

Deepa
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks fresh and tempting...yummy palak paneer

RAKS KITCHEN said...

It looks green without any colour change,love the recipe!

Vardhini said...

So fresh and tasty .. all time favorite.

Vardhini
Zesty Palette

Pia said...

Palak paneer is one of my favorite dish. Love your version

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LG said...

The last time I made palak paneer was from Prathibha's blog and I had absolutely loved it. I will try your version next time. Looks yummo!

jeyashrisuresh said...

beautifully made i say. wonderful colour and nice recipe

Priti said...

It always happen we comeup with our own recipe :) ...looks fab and like the pic Deeps

Kadhyaa said...

all time fav looks great with that vibrant green color

Lipsy said...

This is one recipe that I can never get bored of eating...m loving your version and the pics are so damn tempting!!

Priya said...

Super inviting and marvellous looking palak paneer..

Sia said...

I love the way it has retained it's bright green colour! picture perfect and delicious!

Tina said...

beautiful clicks...sounds healthy and delicious.

Kannada Cuisine said...

Beautiful presentation Deesha... Me heart Palak Panner :) I usually throw the Palak in the microwave for a few minutes instead of blanching them to retain the lush green :)

Spandana said...

Looks very delicious.. Nice color.

Prathima Rao said...

Nice & green classic gravy!!! This is one of my fav dish & mom makes it quite often..even once every week!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice ..my fav ...

chitraj.hegde said...

first of all a classy click..which makes me hungry moreee.....so nice texture of palak and paneer....i am nt soo found of paneer..but by seeing this..i am becoming fan of paneer now..

Laavanya said...

One of my favorite dishes... looks too good.

Prathibha said...

Nicely done palak paneer..I love the way u hv retained the green color..:)

Poornima Nair said...

Looks great...one of my fav dishes!!

Palak Paneer said...

My dad love this gravy palak paneer.

Shilpa said...

Tried this recipe to the dot today and it came out super yummy,Thanku!!

DEESHA said...

Hey Shilpa .. Thanks so much :)