Thursday, April 12

Palak Paneer

Palak paneer is a very common North Indian dish made with spinach and Paneer(Indian cheese).Spinach , needlees to say is a very healthy and nutritious food. Learn more about the nutrient content of spinach here. This recipe is one of my restaurant favourite. I make this at home too in a very simple way. This is a recipe adapted from sanjeev Kapoor's website. It is easy to make with lots of spinach and less spices so that the u get the flavour of the spinach very well.This is my entry to JFI- WBB event: greens hosted by Indira of Mahanandi this month.


Ingredients

Spinach- 1 large bunch
paneer- 3/4 pack chopped into cubes
cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
garlic- 3 cloves chopped fine
milk- 1/2 cup
salt to taste
oil/butter- 2 tbsp
heavy cream(optional)- 1tbsp
green chillies-3- 4 green chillies
bayleaves- 2
kasoori methi- 1/4 tsp

Method

Heat 2 tsp of oil/ butter in a pan and add cumin seeds,chopped garlic and green chillies. when it turns golden brown add washed and chopped spinach. saute for 2 mins .Grind this into a fine paste when cool.
Heat the remaining oil/butter in the same pan and add bay leaves and the ground paste. Add the milk to it. Let it boil and add salt , kasoori methi and chopped paneer cubes. Simmer the flame and cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Garnish with cream.

Note

U can replace paneer with Tofu
U can fry the the paneer in butter/oil and soak in hot water too. finally squeeze the water and add to the gravy.
U can add onions , tomatoes, chilli powder and coriander powder to get more gravy.
Check for the recipe of Palak rice here.

28 comments:

Seema said...

Palak Paneer is so healthy and has its own unique taste isn't it? I loved your idea of adding kassuri methi to this. I am sure it will enhance the taste of this dish. Thanx for sharing

trupti said...

That green color is beautiful, Prema.
I love the addition of Kasturi methi in there...I add some yellow corn flour to it for a nice taste..makes a big difference.

Trupti

KrishnaArjuna said...

Palak paneer looks delicious Prema!
If you don't mind me giving you a tip here: you don't need to fry frozen paneer in the oil, over the time what I have seen is paneer lets out some oil so I just add the frozen paneer to the pan and turn the cubes over every couple of mins.
Not related to this post: Murukku looks great! I was never able to achieve that color..

Latha said...

OH yumm Prema. I am so hungry and tired. This looks just perfect.

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USHA said...

Never tried at home but had once in hostel.Yours looks very delicious.Let me try for sure.

Sandeepa said...

You know what..I did the same thing yesterday and with Tofu. But did not add Kasoori Methi, shall try next time

I am sure JFI Greens is going to get lots of this dish :)

Richa said...

your palak paneer looks so yummy, Prema, would be great with your naan, right?
thanks for sharing your recipe.

indosungod said...

Palak Panner is a sure hit with the richness of the Paneer with the healthy spinach.

Asha said...

Looks so yummy Prema,gorgeous color!I never made Palak Paneer,can you believe it?!:D

Thanks for the recipe,have a great weekend.

Prema Sundar said...

Seema, yes it sure has an unique taste.
Thanks Trupthi... next time I will try the cornflour one.
Thanks for the tip KA.. If u grind the rice in the wet grinder and make murukku u will be able to get white murukkus.
Thanks Latha.
Try it out Usha and Iam sure u will love it.
I have tried with tofu too Sandeepa ,but somehow I dont like tofu in it..
Yes Richa ,it would just be perfect with naans.
Indo, it is a really healthy and rich dish.
I cannot beleiiiiiiiiive it Asha. U didn't make palak paneer.Is it because u dont like it????/

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Reena said...

Prema, I have a palak paneer to but never added kasoori methi. I also substitute paneer with tofu. yours look good.


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Vcuisine said...

Great recipe and perfect for pulkas and naans. Nice presentation Prema. Viji

Sia's Corner said...

thats really rich looking dish prema. u have got that perfect green colour...

LERA said...

Replacing Paneer with Tofu is cool,and that's what i've been doing . I use Tofu for all paneer dishes..Prema your dish looks very Tempting!

Sharmi said...

tamil puthandu nalvalthukkal to you and your family!! and nice entry too.

sunita said...

I love palak paneer, in fact was thinking of making it today...I don't add kasuri methi very often...

sra said...

Prema, nice profile pic that you've added, recent, isn't it? I have a different recipe for palak paneer, light like yours, but with tomato and no methi.

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Looks like a nice and simple recipe. Palak Paneer is one of my favourites!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi...
Palak paneer looks delicious....It is so colourful.....

Karthik said...

I have tried about 4-5 recipes posted by you including palak paneer. All recipes did come out very well for me. The thing I love about your blog is that most of your recipes can be tried with items available at home, no need to make trips to the store to buy unique,expensive ingredients!! BTW, Are you tamil? (pearl onions, coconut etc are frequently used by you)

Nistha said...

Hi, My daughter loves palak-paneer and I have tried several recipes but none have worked. Today I tried your recipe for lunch and my daughter loved it! Thanks.

Lloyd said...

This is a wonderful recipe, Prema. Can't wait to try out. You can check some more delicious Palak Paneer Recipes here.

Mani said...

palak paneer is very healthy dish,i like it very much...i use kasuri methi in most of my dishes..the flavour is too gud ..even i used kasuri methi in my non-veg dishes also...

lalita said...

Thanks for this easy and wonderful recipe. I always made palak paneer but it never turned out so well. My family loved, it is an authentic recipe

Aashu said...

Thanks for this easy and yummy palak paneer recipe. I made it today and my husband liked it too. I found it very quick and easy as compared to other dishes.Keep sharing such quick cooking recipes.Cheers!

lorry said...

thanks for sharing the recipe ..