20 January, 2016
Palak Paneer Recipe
Date – 12.1.2016
Preparation time – 20 mins
Cooking time – 15 mins
Cuisine – north india
Recipe type – main
Serve – 3
Palak/spinach – 200 to 250 g
Hot water – 4 cups for blanching palak
Cold water or tab water – for ice bath
Paneer – 200 to 250 g (cut into cubes)
Cumin/jeera – ½ tsp
Onion – 1 medium (finely chopped)
Garam masala – ¼ to ½ tsp
kasuri methi – 1 tsp
Oil or ghee or butter – 3-4 tbsp or as needed
Salt as per taste
Water – ½ to ¾ cup For gravy
For making paste
Garlic clove – 3-4
Ginger – ½ inch
Tomato – 1 medium
Green chilly – 1 or 2
Cashew nuts – 8-10 (soak in hot water for 10 mins) Or Badam / almonds – 10-12 (soak in hot water for 10 mins then remove skin)
For making Palak puree
First rinse Palak or spinach very with water. If stems are hard remove them, if they are soft just use as it.
Heat 4 cups of water in a pan, then leave Palak in hot water for 2 mins and switch of the flame.
Strain the palak, immediately rinse palak under tab water or cold water. This will help Palak to preserve its green color.
Grind palak in a smooth and fine paste. If needed add some water.
For making Paneer soft
Heat a tsp of butter or oil in non-stick pan, add paneer cubes it that and toss for few seconds. leave this paneer in the hot water till we need them.
For making Palak Paneer
In a blender take ingredients under ‘for making paste’ and grind them in fine paste. Keep aside.
Heat oil or butter or ghee in kadai or pan, add cumin. Let crackle.
Add finely chopped onion, saute and stir till they translucent.
Add the blended paste, stir and saute until oil separates from masala.
Add garam masala, kasuri methi and salt, stir for a minute. Be careful masala should not burn.
Add palak puree and water, stir well.
Cook this palak puree on simmer for 3-4 mins.
Add paneer, stir well ,cook for a minute and switch off the flame.
Last garnish with cream.
Serve hot with chapati, naan or jeera rice.
if you do not have cream just mix malai and milk, make them smooth and your fresh cream is ready.
You can make this recipe with tofu too, for that just slightly fry tofu cubes and add just how we added paneer.
Heat 4 cups of water in pan
Leave Palak in hot water for 5 mins
Strain Palak, rinse Palak under tab water or cold water
Make puree, keep aside
Soak cashew in hot water for 10 mins
Heat oil/butter in nonstick pan
Toss paneer cubes for few seconds
Leave them in hot water till we need them
Grind ingredients under ‘for making paste’
Heat oil/butter, add cumin
Saute onion until translucent
Add grinded paste
Add salt, kasuri methi and garam masala
Saute till oil separates
Add Palak puree
Add water, stir and cook palak in simmer for 3-4 mins
Add paneer cubes, cook for a min, turn off the flame
Garnish with cream/malai
Palak paneer is ready