Palak Paneer

image Soft melt in the mouth pan-seared paneer on a bed of creamy spinach, top with a drizzle of cream and a final desi ghee ka tadka….and you have yourself an absolute winner!!

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Method:
Put a large pot of water to boil. Meanwhile wash, clean and drain 2 big bunches of spinach to remove all grit. Then immerse spinach leaves in boiling water for 2 minutes.
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Take out of hot water and immediately immerse in ice bath to cool instantly and help retain the bright green color (a tip I learnt, thanks to my friend Namita Tickare)
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Lift spinach out of cold water, drain and purée along with 2-3 green chillies and 1/2 an inch of ginger.
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Next, heat oil add 1/2 a tsp of jeera, a tsp of chopped ginger, 2-3 cloves of minced garlic (optional). Cook for a minute, add 1 medium onion chopped fine and sauté till they become light brown.
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Add 1 large puréed tomato to the sautéed onions.
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Cook to reduce masala and concentrate flavors. Add the puréed spinach and mix.
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Add 2 tbsp of cream to the spinach mix.
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Also add 1 tsp heaped of maida/ cornstarch blended in 2 tbsp of water.
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Add salt, red chilli pwdr, dhania pwdr and some garam masala. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
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Meanwhile cut paneer into small cubes.
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Spray another pan with a little oil, and do a quick sear on the paneer. Also lightly season paneer with a sprinkle of salt, red chilli, dhania pwdr.
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Gently stir in the seared paneer in the spinach and heat through.
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For the finishing touch…add a ghee ka chaunk with hing, jeera, lal mirch, a couple of green cardamom and 2-3 laung. Garnish with cream(optional) and serve hot!
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We enjoy Palak Paneer with a side of alu gobhi, nimbu adrak, pyaz hari mirch and garma garam phulka/Khasta roti.
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Note: for those who want to skip cream, you can add a little whole milk or 1 pack of frozen cream style spinach to the mix.

5 Comments

  1. Wow Di..washing spinach immediately in ice water after soaking in hot water is a great tip to retain it’s green color. Very easy to make..next time will make palak this way

  2. Ruchi, this is family fav. But I have never nailed this perfect green colour with palak paneer. I am saving your recipe…:)

  3. which cream you used.

  4. Thanks a ton, made in a hurry,my family relished and the vessel was empty. Credit goes to u.

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