Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Spinach Paneer


Spinach paneer is a popular north Indian dish cooked using spinach and fresh cottage cheese. Soft paneer cubes are simmered in smooth, vibrant green, medium spicy spinach gravy.

Paneer is prepared by adding food acid, such as lemon juice, vinegar, citric acid or yogurt, to hot milk to separate the curds from the whey. The curds are drained in muslin or cheesecloth and the excess water is pressed out. The resulting paneer is dipped in chilled water for 2–3 hours to improve its texture and appearance.


1 1/2 cups pureed spinach
500 gm paneer cubed and lightly fried
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup onions-grated
1 cup tomatoes-chopped fine
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp red pepper
1 tsp powdered coriander seeds


Heat oil and add cumin, when it splutters, add bay leaf, ginger and the garlic, and saute till a light brown. Add onions and saute till a golden brown, then add tomatoes and stir fry over medium heat.

Add the salt, garam masala, powdered coriander seeds and the red pepper and stir till well mixed. Add spinach and saute for 2-3 minutes and add paneer. Turn around a few times and serve hot. Enjoy!

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