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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Palak Paneer - Spinach and Cottage Cheese

I'm back. I've been back for a while from my vacation. I always find it hard to get back to blogging if I take a break.  I guess its a case of the Blogger's Block. I did have a very relaxing and good time in India though. Got to meet  up with family and my kids had a wonderful time as well.

Today's recipe is one of my favourites. Its an easy and classic North Indian recipe. 

Ingredients :
  •  2 large bunches of Spinach (Palak) - washed and chopped
  •  250 gms Paneer (cottage Cheese) - cubed
  •  1 onion finely chopped
  •  4 cloves of garlic minced
  •  1 tomato chopped
  •  2 green chillies chopped
  •   1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  •  1/2 tsp red chili powder
  •  1 tsp cumin - coriander powder
  •  salt to taste
  •  oil

Preparation :  Blanch the chopped Spinach for about 3 minutes. Let it cool and then grind it  until you get a course texture. Heat oil in pan. Add the chopped onion. Fry till golden brown. Add the minced garlic. Fry for about a minute. Add chopped tomatoes and green chillies. Fry for about 2 minutes and add the dry spices - turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin-cilantro powder. Let it cook for about 3-4 minutes until its all well combined. Add the Spinach paste and mix well. Add the cubed Paneer. Add Salt and mix well. Add little water if required. Cover and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Palak Paneer is ready to serve with any Indian bread. I even love it with Jeera Rice- Cumin Rice. This recipe serves 4. Enjoy.