Friday, February 10, 2012

Palak Paneer(Cottage cheese cooked in flavorful spinach gravy)

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Palak Paneer, this is one such dish which is known to all Indian people and all who have visited Indian Restaurant at least once. This one also according to me very delicate dish to prepare. I have tried this also in many different restaurant, but not all could please me either. I didn't have tried to make this so far at home as I didn't have any good recipe. But when I read Rak's Palak Panner recipe, I was quite sure, it would please me and my family's taste buds. I will recommend everyone to try her recipe. I followed her recipe as it is and it came out totally delicious, so flavorful and delicious. Go to her space for more such delicious recipes.
To get a perfect palak paneer,we must take care to retain the green colour of the palak/spinach, also there should not be any smell of the palak, too. I will also recommend to use fresh spinach for this recipe, not packed mashed spinach.
Palak Paneer 1

Ingredients :
Paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese) : 1 cup
Palak/Spinach : 2-3 bunches
Onion : 1(big)
Tomato : 2
Green chilli : 2(as per your taste)
Turmeric Powder : a pinch
Coriander Powder : 1 tsp.
Kasoori Methi/dry fenugreek leaves : a pinch
Milk : 1/2 cup
Oil : 3 tblsp.
Salt to taste

To roast and grind :
Cinnamon : 1/2" piece
Cardamom : 1
Cloves : 1
Black Pepper : 1 tsp.(7-8 nos.)
Cumin seeds : 1 tsp.

Method :
  • Preperation : Clean the spinach and remove the stem from the leaf. Chop a little. Boil water in a pan and add the paneer, switch off the stove and keep covered till use.
  • Chop the onion and tomatoes finely.
  • In a pan, heat 1/2 tsp of ghee and fry all the items in the To roast and powder table, except cumin seeds. Add cumin seeds lastly. Do not burn which will turn the gravy bitter. Keep aside. Then grind all together into a fine powder after it cools off slightly.
  • Cooking : In the same pan, add the washed palak leaves and fry till it reduces in volume. The water in the leaves is enough to make it shrink. Transfer to a plate and cool down. Grind it with the green chillies and a pinch of salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry onions thoroughly till it turns golden brown. Add the turmeric and coriander powder and give it a quick stir in low flame. Add the tomatoes and little salt to make the tomatoes cook fast. 
  • Add the kassori methi now,while crushing them in between your palms. When the tomatoes turn mushy, add the ground spinach paste. Fry in low flame for 4-5 minutes till oil separates or till the raw smell disappears and the spinach gets cooked well.
  • Drain the paneer and add it to the gravy. Add milk and mix carefully and bring to boil. Add the powdered spice. Mix well.
  • Transfer to the serving bowl and serve with hot hot chapati, paratha or any Indian bread or rice. 
Palak Paneer 2
I had this with Green peas Kachori or Karaishutir Kachori, which I will post on my upcoming post.
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8 comments:

  1. I am a die hard fan of Palak Paneer and am many times disappointed by the restaurant palak paneers... This looks delicious.

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  2. yumm yumm i just love it,n urs look awesoem yaa.........

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  3. looks wonderful with a bright green colour :)

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  4. Delicious and yummy looking palak paneer. Excellent preparation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. All time fav, palak paneer looks so tempting and delicious...nice preparation!!
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  7. Ahhh..love palak paneer, looks super yumm!!!

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