Palak Paneer
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Palak Paneer

a classic punjabi dish, this is an all-time favourite of mine. its best to use fresh, home-made paneer for this. but if you are short on time, you can use the store bought paneer cubes (although i wouldn't recommend it).

Nirmala Prem

Ingredients

6-serving
  1. 2 bunch palak spinach / , large
  2. 2 Cups paneer cubes
  3. 1 red onion
  4. 1 tomato
  5. 1 cinnamon stick
  6. 2 bay leaf
  7. 1/4 Teaspoon garlic , chopped
  8. 1 Teaspoon red chilli powder
  9. 1/4 Teaspoon coriander powder
  10. 1/4 Teaspoon garam masala
  11. 4 Tablespoons oil
  12. to taste salt ,
  13. cream , for garnishing

Method

35 mins
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    Wash and clean the spinach leaves well. lay on paper towels to dry.

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    Place the spinach leaves, cinnamon and bay leaf in a pressure cooker with a little water. (chop large leaves into two)

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    Pressure cook for one whistle (just to wilt the spinach). turn the heat off and leave it in the cooker.

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    In a non-stick kadhai, add 2 tablespoons of oil. sautee garlic in this oil.

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    Add the chopped onion, tomato to this and saute for a minute, till the vegetables turn soft.

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    Add the red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala and stir well for about a minute, till the spices are cooked.

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    When done, transfer the sauteed vegetables to the jar of a blender and blend to a smooth paste (you can use a little hot water for this, if required).

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    Transfer the blended masala paste back to the kadhai and leave on a low heat.

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    Deep fry the paneer cubes in oil till they turn a golden colour. drain onto paper towels and set aside.

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    Open the pressure cooker and transfer the contents to the jar of the blender (same one used for the onion-tomato masala).

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    Blend it in batches, using the cooking liquid. (however be careful not to make the puree too runny)

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    Add the pureed spinach to the kadhai with the onion-tomato masala. heat it through.

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    Adjust the seasoning by adding salt.

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    Add the deep fried paneer cubes and stir it through to coat the paneer well with the gravy.

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    Take it off the heat and transfer it to a serving dish.

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    Drizzle the cream over the dish to garnish. palak paneer is ready.

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    Serve hot with naan.

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