Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is a traditional North Indian delicacy.This is a vegetarian based curry cooked in onion-spinach gravy which has a rich creamy texture with a touch of Indian spices.Its very nutritious.

Nutritional facts of paneer:
1: Paneer is a good source of calcium, which in later years helps prevent osteoporosis. Cheese provides 25% of the calcium in the food supply.
2: Paneer in moderation, is associated with lower body weight as well as reduced risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome.
3: Paneer is a good source of protein and it reduces cancer risk.
4: According to Ayurveda Paneer is health food and it can prevent stomach disorders
5: It is supposed to help in lower, back and joint pain.Reduces risks of Heart attack
Nutritional Values of palakura/spinach .
This recipe serves 2.Cooking time :30-40min
Ingredients:
Spinach/Palak - 1 Packet
Paneer - 10- 12 cubes(Nayak Paneer)
Onion - 1 small
Green Chillies - 2
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 Tsp
Garlic - 2 cloves
Oil - 2 Tbsp
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Cream/Milk - 2-3 tsp
Salt - To taste
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp(optional)
Aamchur Powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Method:
1.Wash and pressure cook spinach without any water on medium flame for 2 whistles.
2.Cool the spinach and make a puree of spinach and keep it aside.
3.Heat 1tsp oil in a pan and shallow fry paneer for 3-4 min until all sides of the cube are golden brown.In the same pan add onion,green chillies and fry until the onions are transparent ,add ginger garlic paste,turmeric and mix it.Add salt,red chili powder,coriander powder,aamchur powder and mix it .Add palak/spinach puree and cook it for 10-12 min on medium flame .Check for the seasoning and add if anything is required,add cream/milk and cook it to the required consistency.Add paneer cook for 2-3 min and switch off the stove.
Serve hot with Rice/Roti.
Note:While pressure cooking spinach there is no need to add water.You can also boil it in water instead of pressure cooking.Spinach leaves some water while cooking ,you can use that water for the gravy.
You can add tomato to this dish,optional.

7 comments:

my fav with butter naan..very nice recipe!

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January 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM  

my fav too....bt i thnk ther r diff variations in d recipe...luvd ur recipe....:)) & bookmarked ur kachori too

January 13, 2011 at 3:18 PM  

Smitha,Palak paneer is one of my favorite dish and I loved your version. I go with the blanching method for the spinach this intensifies the color and heightens the flavor too.

January 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM  

LOve the green color ...
sadly i never got it :(
i will try ur recipe :)

January 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM  

Omg, my all time favourite palak paneer, absolutely inviting..

January 14, 2011 at 5:21 AM  

This will definitely taste good with naan. great dish!

January 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM  

oh my my oh yum :) wonderful with roties!

January 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM  

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