As for me, anything with paneer in it is always my favorite…Even though it is a low calorie option than many cheeses and there are many saying its very healthy, i prefer not to make it regularly..I feel its always better to make it as a once in while indulge..So,today being our second wedding anniversary eve was a perfect way to treat my husband and me with this super yummy dish (Made it on eve because tomorrow is my kitchen free day!)..
Also, I have long evolved from being a leaf hater now.. I have included them in my shopping list and am finding new ways to add them to the diet…And one more thing, I have my own home grown malabar spinach now in my backyard….So very proud of them.This spinach also known as vaali in konkani is an essential part of konkani cuisine and loved by all…
Let me tell you, i have NOT made palak paneer from this spinach…I made it from a fresh stock of the normal spinach(Palak) i had bought from the supermarket…
This recipe is shared with me by my aunt from her tested and loved recipe collection..There are a number of ways to prepare this dish but this one sure works the best for me…Hope you try it and love it too!
Health Benefits of Spinach: Aids in digestion, Prevents constipation, Maintains low blood sugar,Contains flavonoids which has anti cancer properties,Anti Inflammatory,Contains Antioxidants that combat the onset of osteoporosis and high blood pressure,Lowers Blood Pressure,Good for vision,bones,skin,healthy nervous system and immunity.
1 bunch of Spinach/Palak
1 small packet of Paneer/Cottage Cheese
1 large Onion
1 medium Tomato
1 inch Ginger Piece+3 cloves of Garlic/Ginger Garlic Paste
4 Green Chillies
2 tsp Cumin seeds/Jeera
2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp Milk(or Cream if you want a richer version!)
1 Tbsp Oil
1.Remove the leaves from the stalk and wash it well in cold water..
2.Put all the leaves in Boiling slightly salted water for around 30 seconds to a minute..
3.Remove it as soon as it changes color to dark green and shrinks in size..Put all the leaves immediately to ice cold water..
4.Drain it after 2 minutes and place it in a strainer..
5.Add the frozen paneer to hot water and keep it aside..
6.Meanwhile cut onions,ginger and garlic…Puree the tomato..Puree the spinach with the green chillies to a smooth paste…
7.Heat oil in a pan and splutter the cumin seeds..
8.Add onion and fry till pinkish brown colour..
9.Add ginger and garlic and fry well till they are browned..
10.Add the tomato puree and fry well till they are cooked..
11.Add Garam Masala powder and salt..Fry till oil leaves the sides..
12.Add the spinach-green chillies puree and mix well… Let it come to a boil..
13.Add the paneer pieces and allow it to cook uncovered for around 5 minutes..
14.Add milk and mix well…Remove from the flame…
Enjoy it with rotis or rice or both!
Note: To get dark color gravy like the one below, just simmer the gravy uncovered at step 13 for 5 mins more..