Monday, November 15, 2010

Palak paneer

Yum! Palak Paneer is one of the most common recipe that people order in any restaurant, specially in India. If you have Naan in your list then Palak Paneer would be its preferable partner. I had craving for this dish from the very beginning and this prompted me to learn it. Now, lets look at my style of preparing Palak Paneer!


Paneer cubes
1 or 1/2 bunch Spinach (Palak)
1 Onion (big)
2-3 Green Chillies
1 Tomato (big)
1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1-2 pieces Cinnamon sticks
1-2 cloves
1 tbsp coriander(dhania)
Salt (accordingly)
few chopped garlic
Chilly (Mirchi) Powder (accordingly)
few Cashews
few cilantro leaves
1 lime
2 tbsp oil


1. Firstly, cut the paneer into small cubes, if this frozen keep it outside for an hour or so to make the cutting easier and deep fry it. I don't prefer deep frying unless I have guests coming in, I prefer cooking spray and just fry it on both the sides till it changes the color.

2.Keep the fried paneer aside and now clean the spinach(palak) and boil it for about 5 mins. Similarly, cut half of the tomato into pieces and fry them in oil. Let them both cool down and later grind these two together and keep it aside for future use.

3. Now, Take a pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil, add cumin seeds, clove,cinnamon sticks, chopped garlic and green chillies.

4.After this step you tend to get an awesome aroma, I just love garlic frying along with the green chillies. Add very finely chopped onions to this and the ginger garlic paste. After frying for a while, add the remaining half of the chopped tomato and fry it.

5. Now, add salt, turmeric powder, chilly powder and coriander powder and fry it for a while.

6. Next, add the spinach-tomato paste and let it boil. here you could check for salt and chilly, and adjust accordingly.

7. Lastly, add the fried paneer, mixx everything well. Garnish it will cilantro leaves and squeeze a lime to get a little sour taste. I love lime personally and usually use it at the end of most of my dishes. You could add some raw onions on top as well.

So, here is Palak Paneer ready for paneer lovers as well as palak lovers. I hope you enjoy this with rice/naan. Its both healthy and fatty, but paneer is protein rich so have it in the right amount!

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