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Indian Palak Paneer

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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
  Spinach 16 Ounce, chopped and frozen (About 0.5 Kg)
  Paneer 7 Ounce (200 Grams)
  Oil 3 Tablespoon
  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
  Salt 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.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Indian Spinach And Cottage Cheese Curry
The chef is cooking up a delectable, not so spicy, with a lot of greens and with a hint of spice, its palak paneer on today's menu. Indian vegetarians and non-vegetarians go mad over Palak Paneer. Its unbelievably simple dish and doesn't require much culinary skills. To get the best of this dish, use fresh spinach and serve with hot chapatis.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 371 Calories from Fat 225

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 26 g39.3%

Saturated Fat 9.1 g45.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 46.1 mg15.4%

Sodium 448.9 mg18.7%

Total Carbohydrates 27 g9%

Dietary Fiber 6.9 g27.4%

Sugars 9.4 g

Protein 13 g26.1%

Vitamin A 238.6% Vitamin C 90.2%

Calcium 27.6% Iron 25.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Indian Palak Paneer Recipe Video, Indian Spinach And Cottage Cheese Curry