Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Palak Paneer



Palak or spinach is a leafy vegetable packed with iron and calcium.And it is also the favorite vegetable of our own 'Popeye':-)
Paneer is most common cheese in India ,also called as farmer's cheese or cottage cheese,is made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice and then strained to collect the whey.Readymade paneer is also available in the market,I most commonly use the Amul paneer,but you can make it at home with the following method
paneer--by Mona
Paneer--by Mahanandi

Palak Paneer is usually the star dish in a vegetarian party. Tastes great both with rice and bread.
A tip that might come in handy is that,after a meal your palak paneer will run out of paneer and you will be left with only palak:-),so what you can do is spread it on a pita bread and grill it,or else you can use it as a dip.....it is up to you,whichever way you like!
I had it with meethi Daal and chawal,the other recipe of palak is Palak gosht which is out of the world if it is teamed with khatti daal and chawal(drooooooool), hey guys can you name few such combinations in your comments, like tala hua gosht, khatti daal, chawal,..tomato gosht, meethi daal, chawal...and the likes..
Ok the recipe goes like this...

Ingredients

1 Spinach 3 bunch
2 green chillies 10(accd to ur taste)
3 garlic 6-7 flakes
4 ginger half an inch
5 salt
6 cumin 1 tsp
7 aniseed powder(saunf pdr) 1tsp
8 ghee 3 tbsp
9 bay leaf 1
10 Cilantro half cup chopped
11 tomato paste 3 tbsp
12 onion 2 medium finely chopped(you can also blend it)
13 Paneer 2 cups
14 oil 3 tbsp
15 black pepper half tsp
16 garam masala 1 tsp

Method:

--Wash the spinach,cut the leaves from the stems,discard the stem and put the leaves of spinach in a pot along with green chillies ,ginger and garlic along with a cup of water and boil till the leaves are wilted,say ,for about 10 minutes .Let it cool.
--Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the paneer cubes,till they turn golden.
--Blend the boiled spinach along with cilantro in a blender.
--Now heat ghee in a pot,throw in the bay leaf and cumin seeds,when it starts spluttering ,slip in the finely chopped onion,fry till it gets translucent,now add pepper,garam masala,saunf powder,tomato paste and salt,fry for some time and then add the blended spinach mixture,when it starts bubbling slip in the paneer cubes.
--Cover and simmer for about five minutes.
--Your Palak Paneer is Ready..serve hot with rice or chapatis!


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6 comments:

Yasmeen said...

What a coincidence!,I made this delectable palak paneer for dinner today.I usually eat up all the paneer and my DH likes just the palak:)

Anhar said...

asak syeda,
good to see you back...in your bindaas style as usual!
one of my favourite combinations was mum's palak dal,shami,chawal..yum yum!!

Anonymous said...

Strange but why isnt the palak paneer green in colour.. :-)

syeda said...

@Yasmeen wow great coincidence!DH?

@Anhar Thanx Anhar,wow Anhar,I think you should start blogging,I really love the palak ki kathli,and anything non veg goes with it, fish shaami.

@Anonymous dear anonymous,FYI the picture was taken around 7pm in the yellow bulb light,I mean to be precise under a lamp,not in a tubelight or daylight,so lighting plays a vital role in photography , so it has yellow reflections of the light.Palak paneer was green as it is supposed to be:-)

mona said...

Palak paneer looks great! Nice to see you back Syeda :-)

Phalli gosht, kachi imli ki patli dal and Chawal;
Khichdi, khatta, qaeema, mango achar and papad;
These are some of my favorite Hyderabadi combos for a delicious nostalgic meal.

syeda said...

Thanx Mona,hmm phalli gosht and kachi imli ki dal, yum-o, and khichdi khatta papad.....sure is the best sunday breakfast,for me a dollop of desi ghee along with khichdi,is a must:-)