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Palak Paneer Recipe | Indian Cheese and Spinach Curry


Palak Paneer



Healthy and delicious Indian cheese and spinach curry.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2 to 3
Ingredients:
  1. Spinach /Palak - 1 bunch
  2. Paneer - 200 to 250 gms
  3. Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  4. Onion,finely chopped - 1 medium( approx 3/4 cup)
  5. Ginger and garlic,crushed - 1.5 tsp
  6. Green chilies,finely chopped - 1
  7. Asafoetida - 1 pinch
  8. Kashmiri chili powder - 1/2 to 3/4 tsp( according to taste)
  9. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  10. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  11. Tomato,finely chopped - 1 small( 1/4 cup)
  12. Kasuri Methi - 1 tsp
  13. Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  14. Fresh cream - 1 or 2 tbsp
  15. Water - as required
  16. Salt - to taste
Instructions:
  • Soak paneer in hot water until required.
  • Boil water in a pan and add washed spinach,cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Transfer the cooked spinach to a bowl containing ice cold water.(This is done to stop the cooking and also to preserve the green color.)Drain and puree the spinach in a blender,keep aside. 
     
  • Heat oil in a pan,add cumin seeds and let it splutter.Add onion,ginger,garlic and green chilies.
  • Saute until it turns golden brown.Next add asafoetida,kashmiri chili powder,turmeric powder and coriander powder.Saute for few seconds.
  • Now add finely chopped tomato and mix well.Cook until tomato turns mushy and oil starts to separate .
  • Next add the pureed spinach , crushed kasuri methi, required amount of water and salt to taste.Mix well and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Now add drained paneer cubes, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes.Add garam masala and fresh cream,mix well and switch off the stove.
     NOTES
    • You can  substitute fresh  cream with yogurt,if desired.
    • Adjust the quantity of water according the consistency required.
    • You can also shallow fry the paneer cubes,if desired.

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