Saturday, August 23, 2014

PALAK PANEER

PALAK PANEER

For vegetarians, paneer (cottage cheese) is often standard fare when we eat out or entertain at home. Among the many varieties of paneer dishes, Palak Paneer has to be one of the most popular. This combination of cottage cheese and spinach (palak) goes best with rotis.

This is adapted from a YouTube video "Delhiwala Palak Paneer"  featuring one of my favourite Chefs, Harpal Singh Sokhi who brings so much life into his demonstrations. You can feel his enthusiasm which I am sure will make anyone like cooking!



Ingredients:





  • Palak (Spinach), boiled and pureed, 2 cups
  • Paneer, (Cottage Cheese), cubed, 200 gms
  • Garlic Flakes, 20-30
  • Oil, 2-3 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Green Chillies, chopped, 4-5, or more as per taste
  • Onions, medium-sized, sliced, 2
  • Yogurt, 1 cup
  • Coriander Powder, 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Black Salt, (Kala Namak), 1/4 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coriander Paste, 1 tbsp
  • Juice of 1 Lemon



  • Method:

    Wash and boil the spinach. To retain the colour of the spinach, refresh it immediately in cold water
    Next grind it to form a fine puree. Keep aside.
    Cut the paneer into roughly equal sized cubes and keep aside.
    Finely chop the garlic flakes without crushing them and keep aside.
    Prepare 1 tbsp paste of fresh coriander leaves. Keep aside.
    In a pan, take 2-3 tbsp of oil and when it gets heated add the cumin seeds
    Add the garlic flakes and cook till they become light brown
    Add the chopped green chillies and take off the flame
    Add the sliced onions and saute for 3-4 minutes on medium flame till they become translucent
    Add the yogurt, coriander powder, turmeric powder, black salt, and salt to taste
    Let it boil for some time
    Now add the pureed spinach and then add fresh coriander paste 
    Next, add the paneer cubes, mix properly and bring it to a boil
    Lastly add the juice of one lemon
    Serve with rotis or rice.