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Palak Paneer Or Saag Paneer (Spinach Curry)

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Palak Paneer is a traditional North Indian delicacy and is an integral part of the Punjabi cuisine. It is also one of my favorite dishes. This Indian dish combines fresh spinach and ricotta in a creamy curry. I am using frozen spinach since I planed to make this dish all of a sudden...Enjoy!
Ingredients
  Oil 6 Tablespoon
  Onion puree 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Green chili paste 1 Teaspoon
  Garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
  Ginger paste 1 Teaspoon
  Tomato puree 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Punjabi masala 1 Teaspoon (Punjabi garam masala used)
  Turmeric powder 1 Pinch
  Paneer 1 Cup (16 tbs), cubed
  Spinach leaves 4 Cup (64 tbs), pureed (2 cups of spinach puree used)
  Cinnamon powder 1 Pinch (Optional)
  Nutmeg powder 1 Pinch
  Salt To Taste
  Butter/Heavy cream 2 Tablespoon (Optional)
  Cooked green peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
For the cilantro and fennel paste
  Cilantro 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped finely (Optional)
  Fennel seeds 1 Tablespoon, Roasted, grounded (Optional)
Directions

GETTING READY
To prepare the cilantro and roasted fennel paste:
1. In a pan roast the fennel seeds and grind them.
2. In a mixer grind the roasted and ground fennel seeds with fresh cilantro leaves to give you cilantro and roasted fennel seeds paste.
3. Blanch the spinach with a little salt. In a processor puree the blanched spinach and set aside.

MAKING
4. Take a pan with oil, add the onion puree/paste and saute till lightly brown in color. Then add the green chili paste, garlic paste and ginger paste and saute for a couple of minutes.
5. Add the tomato puree and the prepared cilantro and roasted fennel seeds paste and stir well.
6. Add the Punjabi garam masala, a pinch of turmeric powder and the paneer. Stir gently to coat the paneer with the masala.
7. Add the spinach (palak) puree and mix gently to combine all the ingredients.
8. Add the cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and salt to taste.
9. Add butter or heavy cream, stir, cover and let it simmer for a few minutes.
10. Add the cooked green peas and mix well.

SERVING
11. Serve the palak paneer with roti, naan, paratha or plain rice.

TIPS
If using frozen spinach, it needs to be steamed on low heat to blanch for a few minutes without adding water.
The paneer cubes can optionally be fried separately and added into the cooking pot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Indian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Creamy
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Curry
Ingredient: 
Spinach
Interest: 
Easy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
6
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