Posts Tagged ‘palak’

Green Palak Paneer without tomatoes!!!

I was longing to have spinach from last couple of days and so today bought this big bag of fresh organic baby spinach.

Somehow the usual palak paneer with lots of cream did not appeal to me,its more in off-white color and hardly seems like spinach . I craved for some puply green spinach which can go well with rice and roti both.Had a big can of whole milk in the fridge, so I made the paneer at home. The result was a very green , delicious curry which you cannot get enough of. I used up the whole bag of spinach and…ah!!I swear it will not last for more than 2 people!!!

Ingredients

fresh or frozen spinach – 2 or 3 cups

1 big red onion

3 cloves garlic

1 inch piece ginger

Paneer cubes  – half cup

cumin seeds – 1 tsp

coriander powder – 2 tsp

green chillies – 5

a pinch of turmeric powder

salt to taste

whole milk/Cream – optional

oil – 2 tsp

Method

1.Wash the spinach and blanch them by dropping them in hot water for 30 seconds, immediatly drop them in cold water and then strain in a colander. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before pureeing. ( If using frozen spinach, defrost them , strain and puree)

2.Chop up the onion to big chunks and puree it with the green chillies. Make a paste of ginger and garlic and keep it aside.

3. Heat up a wok with oil, crackle cumin seeds, pour the onion-chilly paste and ginger garlic paste and saute it till the raw onion smell disappears.

4.Add the turmeric powder and coriander powder and pour in the spinach puree. Let it cook on a low flame for 5 minutes

5.If adding heavy cream , a spoonful would be more than enough.Another low fat option is microwave quarter cup of whole milk for 7 minutes allowing a standing time of 30 seconds in between and add this little by little to the spinach. Coconut milk would also work I guess, though I never tried it. (yes….the green colour stays even after adding cream!!)

6.Broil the paneer cubes for 2-3 minutes and add it to the spinach. Take care while broiling , else you will end up burning them.

Serving suggestions:

Spinach with paneer pieces goes with with warm rotis, parathas, naans etc.,

Spinach minus paneer goes awesome with hot plain rice + ghee

It tastes even more heavenly with curd rice!! 🙂