‘Palak Paneer‘ or Cottage cheese dumpling in spinach sauce is the easiest recipe of the whole world.
All you need is some blanched greens,onion tomato puree and some cottage cheese.
Voila! you have the magic wand!
This simple dish can rock your party.You also charm your kids into eating the absolute necessary greens.
What makes this recipe so healthy?
- Greens ensure no hemoglobin deficiency, anemia and color blindness.
- Pregnant women and those who need immunity to fight all the ailments can enjoy.
- Spinach is also great for digestion.
- Paneer is a rich source of protein and calcium.It also Improves metabolism.
- It is rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
- Great for diabetics,cancer prevention and reduces risk of heart diseases
You may also mix spinach and small quantities of fenugreek and amaranth leaves to further increase the nutrient contents.
For vegan alternative, use tofu instead of paneer.
You can buy it easily from market or any local dairy.However, you may also make it easily using the above link.
You need to strain the homemade one so that you can remove excess water.Set it into blocks by placing a heavy vessel on top.
Scroll below to read the recipe of palak paneer:
1 large bunch(500 gm) of Spinach leaves
1 onion medium size
2-3 tomatoes diced
400 grams cottage cheese
5-6 tbsp ghee/ clarified butter or oil
2 tbsp curd or yogurt
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Pinch of turmeric
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
For the cottage cheese:
Cut the cottage cheese into small cubes.
You may fry/saute them slightly in 2-3 tbsp oil.
Keep it aside.
For the spinach sauce:
Blanch the spinach and greens(if using amaranth and fenugreek)
Blend the spinach coarsely using a stick blender/mixer.
Heat 2-3 tbsp. ghee in a pan, cook the spinach puree in the pan for 5-10 minutes or until it starts boiling,keep it aside.
Heat a pan and add ghee/oil to it.
Add cumin seeds,green chillies,garlic pods to it and saute'.
Now add the onions and saute' till they turn pink.
Add tomatoes and stir 2-3 times until they soften.
Add the spices and let it cook for 5mins.(you may choose to turn off the gas,let the mix cool down and puree it).
Add spinach sauce to the tomato/onion mix and let it come to a boil.
Now, add fried cottage cheese to this puree and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes.
Serve hot with 'Jeera' rice/steamed rice or 'tandoori Roti'/Indian flat bread
Do not add onions and garlic to the recipe to make Jain 'palak paneer', .
Heat ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds,pureed tomatoes before proceeding with spinach puree.
You can also use 2 bunches of spinach instead of Amaranth leaves if they are not available easily.
Replace paneer with tofu and ghee with oil to make it vegan.
Click here for additional North Indian recipes
Click here to watch more recipe videos.