Indian Palak Paneer
|Spinach||16 Ounce, chopped and frozen (About 0.5 Kg)|
|Paneer||7 Ounce (200 Grams)|
|Onions||2 Medium, minced|
|Ginger||1 , minced|
|Garlic||4 Clove (20 gm), minced|
|Water||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Tomatoes||2 Large (Use Fresh Or 14 Ounce Can Diced (Pureed))|
|Garam masala||2 Teaspoon|
|Cumin powder||1 Teaspoon|
|Coriander powder||2 Teaspoon|
|Red chili powder||To Taste|
|Turmeric powder||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Heavy whipping cream||8 Tablespoon (Or To Taste)|
|Milk||To Taste (Optional)|
1 In a microwave safe dish, cook frozen spinach with 1/2 cup water for 7-8 minutes stirring in between.
2 In a blender jar, blend cooked spinach to desired texture (avoid over-blending).
3 In a medium non-stick pan, heat 2 tbsp oil on high heat
4 Once Oil is hot, add in the minced onions, stir and cover.
5 Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
6 Add in the ginger and garlic, mix well, cooking for another 4-5 minutes.
7 Gradually add in the tomatoes, cover, and cook until the oil separates from the mixture.
8 Keep stirring frequently as the Masala (Onion, Tomato, Ginger & Garlic mixture) tends to burn very fast.
9 While the masala is cooking, cube the paneer to desired size 1/2″ cubes works well.
10 In a non-stick frying pan, heat the remaining 1 tbsp Oil.
11 Once Oil is hot, add in the paneer cubes and let them cook till they are golden brown on all sides.
12 Remove from the pan into a plate with paper towel to soak the excess oil.
13 In a bowl full of cold water, put the paneer in and let it sit for 5 minutes.
14 Meanwhile, once the masala is prepared, add in the mashed spinach.
15 Stir well and add the garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt, chili powder & turmeric powder.
16 Mix well and cook for 3-5 minutes.
17 Add in the desired amount of cream and /or milk. Stir well and cook for another few minutes.
18 Gently squeeze the water out of the paneer and put the paneer in the spinach mixture.
19 Mix gently
20 Serve hot with Naan, Chapati, Paratha or Rice.
Some great substitutes for Heavy Whipping Cream are Milk, Soymilk, Lactaid, Half and Half or Evaporated Milk.