PALAK PANEER(SPINACH COTTAGE CHEESE CURRY)

Palak Paneer is a yummy North Indian dish prepared with spinach and Paneer(Indian cottage cheese). This  is a rich, smooth, creamy curry where paneer cubes are cooked in a onion-tomato-spinach based gravy which is moderately spiced with Indian spices.


INGREDIENTS:
  •    3- 4 big bunches of spinach (discard the coarse stems) -pressure cook 5 minutes and make a paste and keep it ready
  • 250 gms paneer (cubed and lightly fried till brown in a tsp of ghee)
  • 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 onions finely chopped
  • 4 green chillies slit length wise
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp coriander Powder
  • 2 big juicy tomatoes (blanched in hot water, peeled and pureed)
  • 1 cup water (use the water in which spinach was cooked)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp kasuri methi 
  • 1 tsp malai
HOW TO MAKE:
  • Add ghee in a Kadai/saucepan  and add cumin seeds and let them splutter. 
  • Add the onions and green chillies and sauté them till light brown. Make sure you do not burn them!
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry further for 3-4 minutes. Add red chillies powder and coriander powder and mix well.
  •  Add the tomato paste and let it cook for 5-6 mins on medium heat. Add the palak paste and let it cook further for another 4-5 mins.
  •  Add the fried paneer cubes and mix well. 
  • Cook covered on low heat . 
  • Add the palak water and salt and cook on medium heat for 10-12 mins.
  • Add malai,garam masala powder and kasuri methi and mix well.
  • Reduce flame, cover and cook for 2 mts.
  • Serve hot with chapathis.
Preparation time: 45 mins - 1 hour



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