Palak Paneer dhaba style or Cottage cheese 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. This Indian spinach dish is a signature curry of many households.
Voila! you have the magic wand!
This simple dish can rock your party. You also charm your kids into eating the absolute necessary greens. Paneer curry is an easy way to obtain protein too. Spinach recipes are always easy to cook. You can make a spinach pilaf or paratha. Use it as a base to make undhiyu , sata bhajiyun or make a lentil Sai bhaji with it. You can make a simple spinach soup or blueberry spinach smoothie.
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.
- Cottage cheese 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.
What is the difference between Saag paneer and Palak Paneer?
Palak Paneer curry is made with blanched spinach or palak while Saag is a mixture of greens. We use greens like amaranth, fenugreek, other local leafy greens. You can blanch them in a similar fashion like good old spinach. However the taste may be little bitter
Which milk is good for making paneer at home?
You can buy it easily from market or any local dairy. These days even Costco sells Paneer. However, if you want to make it at home. You will need full fat or full cream milk. You may also make it easily using this link. Only 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. Freeze it in freezer for longer duration or just in chill tray if consuming within a day or 2.Best make it before hand on a Friday night. Enjoy it over the weekend or mid week.
What can we eat with Palak paneer?
Punjabi Palak Paneer is best served with Naan or Tandoori roti for a party. For a weekly dinner ,even boiled rice and plain roti does fine. Make the spinach curry Vegan ,by using tofu.
How to make palak paneer?
1.Saute paneer cubes, keep aside.
2. Cook Onion with ginger & chillies until pink. Add tomatoes & spices.
3.Add spinach paste and cook until rawness disappears.
4.Add water and let it simmer.
5.Once it starts to boil, add paneer pieces.
6. Cook for few minutes, serve warm with rice or roti.
- 1 large bunch 500 gm of Spinach leaves
- 1 onion medium size
- 2-3 to matoes 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.
- Optionally ,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.
- Add 2 cups of water and let it 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.
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