Thursday, 25 February 2016

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer, this is one of the most popular North Indian dish. I have heard about this dish from many people and from television but I have never had even once. Whenever we go for restaurants, our main concentration would be on non-vegetarian dishes. So, I have never tasted it. Once my mother-in-law got palak from market, so thought of trying this dish. Surfed the net and got an idea how to make it. The same day, I made Palak Paneer for dinner with chapati. It came out really really well. My husband and kids liked it very much. Here is the recipe for you...



Palak Paneer

Preparation Time : 15 Minutes | Cooking Time : 30 Minutes | Serves : 4

Ingredients
Palak - 1 Bunch
Paneer - 200 gm.
Onion - 2 No.
Ginger - 1 inch piece.
Garlic - 5 to 6 Cloves
Green Chili - 2 No.
Cashew Nuts - 5 No.
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Sugar - 1/4 tsp.
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp.
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp.
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp.

Method
1. Keep all the ingredients ready to make palak paneer.
a. Slice the onion lengthwise.
b. Chop the garlic and ginger.
c. Wash and chop the palak.
d. Cut the paneer into cubes.
2. Boil half cup of water in a pan and add the onions, ginger, garlic, green chili and cashew nuts. Allow it to cook.
3. Cook till the water dries up. Allow it to cool to room temperature and grind it to a smooth paste.
4. Boil quarter cup of water and add the chopped palak and sugar. Bring to boil.
5. When it starts to boil, switch off the flame and drain the water. Wash the palak in cold water. Grind it to smooth paste.
6. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the paneer cubes.
7. Fry the paneer till it turns light brown. Drop the fried paneer in hot water till you use it. Heat oil in the same kadai, add cumin seeds.
8. When the cumin seeds sizzle, add the onion paste and saute for few minutes. Add cumin powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder and salt.
9. Mix it well till the paste becomes little thick. Add the palak paste and mix well.
10. Add little water and allow it boil. When it becomes little thick, add the paneer cubes and cook for just 5 minutes and switch off the flame.

Palak Paneer is ready to serve with chapati, roti etc.

Note:
  • I have not added tomato in this recipe.  If you want a tangy taste, you can add one tomato whole boiling the onions.
  • I have shallow fried the panner to get a good texture. You can add the paneer cubes directly without frying it.
  • You can add fresh cream in the last step if you prefer, which will be more richer and delicious.



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