Monday, January 21, 2013

Palak Paneer(Spinach and cottage cheese curry)

Palak paneer is an authentic Indian cuisine. It has got all the goodness of Spinach and cheese. 
It had been a month since i started craving for the palak paneer. Its great with chapati and nan.
In Germany we get frozen spinach as "spinat gemuse".  I really like them, its so easy to cook with the frozen cubes. But fresh spinach are always better and healthy. 
Here's is my version of Palak paneer.


Preparation Time- 15 mins
Cooking time- 30 Mins
Serves- 4

Ingredients:
  • Spinach leaves/ frozen spinach- 500 gms
  • Paneer- 250 gms
  • Green Chilly- as per taste
  • Onion- 1 large, finely chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato -1 finelly chopped or pureed
  • Cream- 2Tbsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Water for cooking
  • Oil for cooking
  • Butter- 1 Tbsp
  • Cinnamon sticks or cinnamon powder
Masalas/Spices
  1. Turmeric powder- 1Tsp
  2. Cumin powder- 2 Tsp
  3. Coriander powder- 1.5 Tbsp
  4. Pepper Powder- 1Tsp
  5. Pesto- 1 Tbsp(optional)
Mix all the masala and prepare a fine paste by adding water to it or with the help of tomato puree.


Preparation:
  • If you have whole spinach leaves- Wash them and boil them in water by adding little salt to it for 10 mins. Once boiled let it cool off a little and then in a blender , prepare its puree. If you have frozen cubes of spinach that is all fine.
  • Heat 3 Tbsp of oil in a pan or kadai,  add cinnamon powder or stick, let the oil absorb the flavour. 
  • Add the onion,salt for the onion and green chillies, saute until onions are golden brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute for 2 mins.
  • Add the masala paste and the remaining tomato puree, fry until oil separates from the masala.
  • (optional- add pesto and fry for 1 minute. )
  • At this point of time add the pureed spinach or frozen cubes of spinach, add little water, let it simmer in low heat for 2 mins. 
  • By the time simmering happens, cut the paneer into cubes, heat butter in a pan and fry the paneer cubes until they get coated with light golden brown crust. season with salt.
  • Once done add the fried paneer in the spinach. stir well and turn off the heat.
  • Drizzle the cream over the curry.
Palak paneer is ready to be served. Serve it hot with Nan, Chapati or parotha.

Enjoy. :-) and Happy cooking.

How to make paneer????? checkout http://wahsushkitchen.blogspot.in/2012/09/paneercottage-cheese-how-to-prepare.html
By: Sushmita Pandit