24 Feb 2016

PALAK PANEER

Hello everyone 

We all know that spinach is good source of iron and other minerals but seriously, how many of us like this veggie to include in our diet. Many people , specially kids don't like this healthy veggie and increase the tension of their moms that how to feed them. But one more fact is whatever you hate this but it's combination with paneer makes it eligible to be included in delicious and must have dishes. So why not try this combo to make mummy and tummy , both happy. It's very easy to cook yet super tempting dish to serve not only in lunch or dinner but in party menu too. I adopted this recipe from raks kitchen but executed according to self taste and ease. 
Step wise recipe is given below, hope you will love to try and relish on it.

PALAK PANEER





Serves: 4-5
Time:  30 mins

Ingredients 

2 bunches of spinach, washed and hard stems removed ( nearly 5-6 cup leaves)
2 cup cottage cheese ( paneer)
1/2 cup milk
4-5 green chilies( or as per taste)
3 medium onions, finely chopped 
2 big tomatoes, finely chopped 
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder 
1/2 tsp kitchen King masala
1/2 tsp kasoori methi
Salt to taste
Oil

To roast and grind:

2 green cardamom 
2 cloves
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black pepper corn



Method:

First of all blanch spinach i.e. Boil sufficient water in a big pot add 1/2 tsp sugar in it and add spinach leaves in it and leave for 2-3 mins then strain in a sieve and wash thoroughly under tap water to  retain its green color. 


Now make puree of it along with green chilies and keep aside.


Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a wok and add all spices except cumin seeds as it burns quickly , mentioned under to roast and grind section. Saute till they become aromatic then add cumin seed and saute for few seconds and drain on a kitchen towel or tissue paper to absorb any extra oil. Let it cool and grind to coarse powder, I used my hand mortar . Now cover it and keep aside for later use, to retain its flavor and aroma.



Now heat some oil in the wok and add chopped onions. 


Fry till little golden then add turmeric powder, kitchen King masala and coriander powder, saute for a minute and add chopped tomatoes.
 Let them cook till nice mushy and starts leaving edges of the wok. Now add pureed spinach and cook till its raw smell goes off. 


Now add milk , stirring constantly to avoid forming lumps. Add water to adjust its consistency according to your preference. Add salt and let it boil. 


Now add paneer cubes and ground spices,let it simmer for another 5 mins.


 Finally add kasoori methi, mix well and switch off the flame. 


Your super yum healthy side dish is reddy to serve with roti, rice, naan or paratha. 


Never boil green leafy veggies for long as it kills its nutrients and also makes it dull.
You can also add cream in it to make it more creamy and rich.


So enjoy this delicious treat with your family and pals. And don't forget to share your experience with me, I am always here to hear from you.

Happy cooking....


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