How To Make Palak Paneer (Spinach With Homemade Cheese)
Palak Paneer or Spinach with Homemade Cheese is easily one of the most recognizable and popular Indian dishes. It’s packed with the goodness of spinach and loaded with protein from the paneer, a homemade cheese which doesn’t melt when heated. Try this delicious recipe and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make! For a detailed recipe, visit our website: http://www.showmethecurry.com/2007/09/17/palak-paneerpanir/
Step 1: Ingredients needed:
1 16 oz bag frozen chopped Spinach1/2 cup water, 7 oz of Paneer (200 g homemade)3 tbsp of oil2 medium minced Onions (In food processor) 4 cloves of minced Garlic1 inch piece of Ginger minced2 large pureed Tomatoes2 tsp Garam Masala 1 tsp Cumin Powder2 tsp Coriander PowderRed Chilli Powder to taste1/4 tsp Turmeric PowderSalt to tasteHeavy Whipping cream to taste
Step 2: Add spinach and water:
Add Spinach and water in microwave safe dish. (Use small amount of water to maintain nutrients.) Cover and cook for 5 minutes in the microwave. Open, stir and check for tenderness.Cook additional miuntues until spinach is done.(App. 5-8 minutes depending on microwave.) Blend the spinach on pulse.
Step 3: Add oil:
Add oil 2 tbsp (Keep 1 tbsp for next step)Add Onions to hot oil, cook covered on high for 5 minutes.Add GingerAdd GarlicCook uncovered for about 4 minutes, stir.Add tomatoes cook stirring frequently.*When adding Onions to hot oil do slowly because moisture in onions could cause the oil to spit.
Step 4: Cut Paneer:
Cut Paneer in 1/2 inch cubes.Pour remaining oil (1tbsp) into the pan.Add Paneer cubes.After browned, place Paneer on paper towel.Soak Paneer in bowl of cold water to remove excess oil and make Paneer soft.Soak for about 5 minutes.*Recipe for homemade Paneer can be found at ShowMeTheCurry.com.*
Step 5: Add Spinach to the Masala:
Add Spinach to the Masala. Add Tumeric Powder.Add Coriander Powder.Add Cumin Powder.Add Garam Masala. (Watch for spiceness of Garam Masala, you do not want it too hot.)Add Red Chilli Powder.Add salt.Cook about 2-3 minutes.Add cream (about 8 tbsp).(Can substitute 2% milk or low fat evaporated milk for cream, this will make recipe healthier.)
Step 6: If necessary add cream or milk:
If necessary add cream or milk to thin out the gravy mixture to desired consistency.Add Paneera (Gently squeeze out water before adding without smashing).Do not mix excessivley from this point on or it will mess up the shape of the Paneera.
Step 7: Final Preparation
Put Palak Paneer-Spinach with Cheese in a bowl.Pour Whipping cream on top for looks if desired.ENJOY!