Palak Paneer

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  • Ingredients:
  • Spinach – 2 large bunches
  • Paneer – 250gms, cubed
  • Green chillies – 4 no
  • Ginger Paste –   1 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1tbsp
  • Cumin seed- ¼ tsp
  • Cream – 1 tablespoon (optional)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 teaspoons
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • A large bowl of chilled water
  • Coarsely Powdered: 1 tsp (Cinnamon, Cardamom,Cloves)

To know how to prepare paneer please check this link: http://anudinam.org/2011/12/29/home-made-paneer-recipe/

Method:
  • Remove stems and wash the spinach thoroughly.
  • Bring a large pan of salted water to a running boil. Blanch the spinach in salted boiling water for two minutes. Do not cover the pan.
  • Strain the spinach and transfer it into bowl of chilled water and refresh it.
  • Grind spinach into a fine paste along with green chillies and ginger paste. If you want the spinach puree thicker, blend a couple of seconds only.
  • Slightly dry fry the masalas and powder it. Keep aside.
  • Dice Paneer into one inch by one inch by half inch pieces. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When they begin to change color, add masala powder and fry for few minutes. Add the spinach puree and stir. Add a dash of salt
  • Remember that spinach has its own natural salt so the dish needs relatively little top-up.
  • As soon as the gravy comes to a boil, add the Paneer, sugar and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir a couple of times – very gently, you don’t want the Paneer to crumble. Add water if required.
  • Before switch off add  lemon juice and cream (optional)
  • Serve piping hot with chapatis

Source: Sadhanas Kitchen

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