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Palak Paneer

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Palak Paneer is a favorite traditional north indian dish. Spinach is known for it's iron content and cottage cheese(paneer) is a rich source of protein in a vegetarian diet.
  Spinach 1 Bunch (100 gm) (palak)
  Onions 1 Medium
  Tomato/1/2 can tomatoes 1 Medium
  Ginger garlic paste 1 Tablespoon
  Cinnamon stick 1⁄2
  Paneer 200 Gram
  Garam masala 1 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon
  Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Oil/Ghee 2 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste

# Boil spinach in a pressure cooker, one-two whistles on medium flame should be good. Drain the water and keep aside. Wash the boiled spinach in cold water. This will help retain rich green color. Blend in a mixer to make a thick puree. Do not add water.

# Take oil in a kadhai, add cinnamon,add finely chopped onions. Saute till golden brown.

# Add ginger garlic paste and stir for a min. Add chopped tomatoes and stir till you get a thick red orange paste.(approx. 5 -8min)

# To this paste sprinkle garam masala, turmeric and red chili powder. Add spinach puree and stir for a min or two. Pour some water(same drained water we kept aside) to get a gravy consistency. Don't add too much water. Add more water only if you feel gravy is too thick. Add salt and let the gravy boil by stirring from time to time. Be careful as palak splatters when boiling. Keep the kadhai covered while palak is boiling, it will avoid splattering.

# Meanwhile cut paneer into cubes. Take a non-stick tava or pan and lightly sear paneer on both sides. No need to add oil. For searing place paneer pieces on the tava and after a minute with the help of a spatula turn on the other side. This is a oil-free, hassle-free technique to get tasty golden brown paneer without deep-frying. Make sure you use slow to medium heat to avoid over-cooking and burning.

# Add the seared paneer to palak gravy, remove from flame and serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Spinach with Cottage cheese

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 155 Calories from Fat 85

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g14.9%

Saturated Fat 1.6 g7.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 5 mg1.7%

Sodium 470.6 mg19.6%

Total Carbohydrates 10 g3.4%

Dietary Fiber 2.4 g9.6%

Sugars 4.8 g

Protein 8 g16%

Vitamin A 54.3% Vitamin C 24.5%

Calcium 10.1% Iron 8.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Palak Paneer Recipe, Spinach With Cottage Cheese