Palak Paneer Recipe
I am a great fan of North Indian dishes and always cook North Indian dishes at least twice a week. I learnt all South Indian dishes from my mother and North Indian dishes from my aunty who is an expert in cooking various dishes . Palak Paneer is a very popular Indian dish that goes well with all Indian Breads. This is one of my favorites also. Now to Palak Paneer recipe.
Spinach/Palak - 3 cups tightly packed
Paneer/Indian cheese - 15-20 pieces. (Refer Homemade Paneer recipe for soft and delicious paneer)
Garlic -4 cloves finely chopped
Onion - 1/2 cup chopped finely
Ginger- garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Tomatoes -2 finely chopped
Green Chillies -1
Oil- 2 tbsp
Salt as required
Cumin /Jeera powder -1/2 tsp
Coriander powder -1 tsp
Red Chilli powder -1/2 tsp or as required
Garam masala powder -1/4 tsp
For the seasoning
Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Cook spinach in boiling water for 5 minutes.Once it cools, grind it to a fine paste with chillies. Keep it aside.
Cut paneer into cubes and shallow fry it in oil till light brown. Keep it aside
Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add finely chopped onions, garlic and saute until it becomes transparent.
Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.
Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes turn mushy. Add salt needed and all the spice powder .
Now add the palak/spinach puree and a cup of water.Use the water in which you cooked spinach. Let the gravy start boiling.
Add paneer cubes and simmer for 3 minutes until everything gets blended well. If the gravy become thick, add more water and adjust the consistency. Check for salt.
Enjoy palak paneer with any Indian Bread.
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