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Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Evergreen Palak Paneer

Cottage cheese in a spinach gravy


The forever favourite Paneer dish is what I made as the main course when a vegetarian couple came over for dinner last week. Without much ado, I'll get down to business and jot down the recipe.....

Ingredients :
A.For the Green paste :
*Palak : 12 small bunches
*Pudina - a small sprig (Optional....my vegetable vendor always gives me a complimentary sprig or Pudina ;))
*Green Chilli -1 or 2
*Salt - 1 tsp
*Sugar - 1/2 tsp

B.Other Ingredients :
*Paneer : 400 gms (cut into small cubes or any shape you desire)
*Kesuri Methi - 1 tbsp (Optional), soaked in 1/2 cup of warm water

*Whole garam masala - 2 elaichi; 1 medium stick of cinnamon; 2 cloves*Bay Leaf -1
*Onion paste - 1 bowl
*Tomato paste - 1 bowl
*Ginger past - 1 tsp
*Cumin (Jeera) powder - 1tsp
*Coriander (Dhaniya/Dhone) powder - 1tsp
*Fresh Cream - 2 tbsp (Since I did not have it, I substituted as given in 'C')
*Ghee - 2 tsp
*Roasted and powdered Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
*Flour :3-4 tbsp
* Oil - 4 tbsp

C.Fresh Cream Substitute :
*Fresh malai obtained after milk is boiled - 2tbsp
*Grate cheese : 1 cube
In a pan add the blended fresh malai and the grated cheese. Bring to a boil. Spinkle some water if to thick. Keep aside.

Procedure :
1. Blend all ingredients at 'A'. Keep aside.
2. In a wok, heat the Oil and throw in bay leaf, whole garam masala and whole jeera and a dash of sugar. Let them splutter and give off their lovely aroma
3. Add the onion paste and fry till it turns a light brown.
4. Add the ginger paste
5. Add the tomato paste and stir for sometime.
6. Add the masala paste made of jeera+dhaniya and cook the masala well.
7. Add the blended green paste. Add salt. Stir well to mix the masala and the palak paste for 3-5 minutes.
8. Add the cubed paneer and continue stirring slowly to ensure that the paneer does not break.
9. Add the soaked kasuri methi along with the water. Mix well
10. Cover the wok with a lid, lower the flame and let it cook till it comes to a boil. Check once in a while so that the gravy doesnt burn at the botton.
11. Mix the flour (ata) with some water to make a medium consistency past. Add to the boiling gravy and mix very well. This gives the gravy a smooth and creamy consistency.
12. In a small skillet, heat the ghee and add the roasted garam masala powder and add to the palak paneer gravy is it boils in the wok. Mix.
13. Take it off the flame and add the fresh cream or the substitute I made as at 'C'

Palak paneer tastes good with Paratha, Roti or Rice

This recipe is my entry to SWC-Cooking with Greens, an event hosted by Sowmya of Creative Saga. The logo of the event is....

13 comments:

Reflections said...

Hey...I make it the same way except I dont have flour in my ingredients anywhere.

When it is served in a restaurant it is served so fresh green but when I make it, the taste is good but the green is a dirty shade of green;-(

Any ideas why?????

SGD said...

@Reflections-I learnt the flour addition from a friend's mom.

I think in restaurants they use colour !!

HR said...

Paneer take paste ki kore banalen?.. ar Kasturi methi na kesuri methi?...

HR said...

Paneer er paste na.. Palak er paste... bhul kore likhe felecchi.. apnar oi blogg tar rating er theke beshi howa ucchit noy ki?.. Oi blogg ta aekhon popularity pacche.. tai na?.. ar Palak Paneer e .. gota roshun dile bhalo lage khete...

SGD said...

@HR-Palak take ektu chhoto chhoto kete, Mixie / Blender e paste korte hobe.
Hya roshun amrao dei tobe shedin deini kaaron amader guestra roshun khaye na...
Customised for the occasion! ;)))

Dutori apni rating baraate paaren by reviewing it....logotae giye click korle bujhben...
hya oi blog ta ektu adhtu pachhe ...

rinku said...

Nice lovely looking palak paneer. It really is so evergreen. I am yet to find people disappointed when I make it.

Yasmeen said...

A classic side dish,I like paneer but I rarely make it mainly bcoz of my DH's aversion for cheese.

SGD said...

@Rinku - Thanks! Right you are....palak paneer is EVERYone's favourite!

@Yasmeen - Oh! Thats quite unfortunate....

kalpana said...

oh who doesn't love this dish?..looks yummy! i would love this rotis :)

Sharmila said...

Palak paneer amar o khub halo lage ... thanks mone koriye dewar jonne SGD ... onek din banaini ... palak ta bachte/clean korte amar boddo lazy lage. :-)

SGD said...

@Kalpana - Yes I too love this with Parathas...but being the quintessential rice eating Bong, I had it with rice when I prepared it last week!! ;))

@Sharmila - Amaro ...kintu aajkaal supermkt e leaf gulo ekdom sorted and cleaned and packed pawa jaachhe...hence ...

Reflections said...

just finished making this ur way....

tastes really good;-D!!!!!!!!!!!

SGD said...

@Reflections!!! Great...Am so glad!! :)