Vegetarian cooking and baking

Vegetarian cooking and baking

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Palak paneer ( Cottage cheese in spinach gravy)

Palak paneer is a succulent dish made of spinach and cottage cheese. It is a big hit especially with kids. If you ask my son what I should cook for dinner, palak paneer will be the instant reply. He can have it continously even if I keep making it on a daily basis!

·        Palak ( Spinach)- 4 cups
·        Paneer ( cottage cheese) cut into blocks 
·        Finely chopped onions- 2 medium
·        Tomatoes- 2 medium
·        Green chillies-2
·        Grated ginger- 2 teaspoons
·        Garlic paste -1 teaspoon
·        Cumin seeds- ½ teaspoon.
·        Turmeric (haldi) powder-1 teaspoon
·        Oil
·        Salt to taste

Fry the paneer pieces and keep them aside.Wash the spinach and separate the leaves. You need not chop them.
Heat the oil and fry the onions. Add the tomatoes, spinach, grated ginger, garlic paste, green chillies and turmeric powder, when the onions turn golden brown. Add little water and cook well. Using a pressure cooker will make this process faster.
Allow the cooked vegetables to cool and make smooth gravy using a blender or mixer.
Now heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a kadai/ skillet / frying pan/ wok and add the cumin seeds. Add the green gravy when the seeds start spluttering. Add salt keeping in mind that spinach and paneer both don’t need too much of it.
Add the fried paneer and simmer the gas. In the next 5 minutes your palak paneer is ready to be served.
Typically people add ground cashews or heavy cream to the gravy. I don't add any of these considering the frequency at which it is made at my place!

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