Friday, August 10, 2012

Palak Paneer

Serves - 4
Ingredients Required:
Spinach - 2 bunch,washed
Onion - 1, roughly chopped
Tomato - 1, roughly chopped
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Green chilli - 4, roughly chopped
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
Red Chilli powder  - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1
Bay leaves -2
Cloves -4
Butter - 1 tbsp
Heavy Cream / Milk - 1/4 cup
Paneer - 20 cubes or as needed (How to make Paneer?)

How to make?
Heat a little oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and fry for a few seconds. 
Add the onion, ginger garlic paste and green chilli.
Saute till the onion becomes translucent and add the tomatoes.
Saute for few minutes.
Add the spinach leaves (no need to chop).
Add a little water so it does not burn and give a slight mix. Close the pan and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
The spinach would have shrunk in size.
Switch off the stove and allow to cool down to room temperature.
Remove the bay leaves and blend the other contents to a smooth puree.
Heat a little oil in the same pan and add the spinach puree.
Add the masala powders - Chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt.
Give a good mix allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the butter and heavy cream.
Finally add the paneer cubes, close the pan and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes so the paneer absorbs the flavor.
Serve hot with chappathi/roti or rice.
1. Heavy cream can be substituted with milk.
2. Butter just adds to the creaminess and can also be skipped.
3. If the paneer is fresh, no need to fry in oil.

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