PAALAK PANEER (SPINACH AND COTTAGE CHEESE GRAVY VEGETABLE)

Paalak Paneer is a Spinach Gravy Vegetable with some Cottage Cheese added in! Though it is basically a Punjabi dish, it is present in the menu of almost all restaurants like other Punjabi dishes. This dish when cooked well with proportionate ingredients can taste really very delicious.

Spinach if cooked for too long can become bitter and anyway it has a slight bitterness in its taste. To cut down on the same, I have used some milk to thin the gravy slightly and some sugar too. You can skip the sugar or reduce the quantity if it suits you. One thing I have noticed about this gravy is that, if cooked a bit earlier or say the leftover one becomes extremely delicious as by then all the flavours seep in entirely!

For some more delicious dishes, do take a look at the following recipes too….

  1. Kadhai Paneer
  2. Rajma Chaawal
  3. Paneer Makhani
  4. Chole Masala
  5. Paneer Chatpata
  6. Veg Kofta Curry

Here’s the recipe for the delicious Paalak Paneer….

Prep Time : 25 min

Cooking Time : 30 min

Serves : 5

Cup Used : 200 ml

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup Spinach Puree (2 Medium Bunches Spinach/Paalak)
  • 200 gm Cottage Cheese (Paneer)
  • 1 cup Raw Onion Paste (2 Medium Onions)
  • 1 cup Fresh Tomato Paste (2 Large Tomatoes)
  • 3 Spicy Green Chillies…. To be adjusted as per preference
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 1/2 tbs Corriander Powder
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 tbs Fresh Cream (Malai)
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • Salt To Taste
  • 2 tbs Oil

METHOD :

  1. First, clean the spinach, reserving the tender stalks and soak them in salted water so that worms if any, present in them will surface to the top.
  2. Drain well and immerse the leaves in hot water for about a minute and immediately drain and immerse them in ice cold water.
  3. Drain again and squeeze out the extra liquid.
  4. Puree the onions alongwith the green chillies to a smooth paste.
  5. Next puree the tomatoes as well. If the tomatoes are sour, use a little less quantity.
  6. Similarly, puree the spinach leaves too, to a smooth paste without using any extra liquid.
  7. Slightly heat a small kadhai and switch off the heat. Place the kasuri methi over it till it crisps up. Crush it with fingers into a powder and set aside.
  8. Heat a pan and add oil to it. Add the onion and green chilli paste, some salt and saute on medium heat for about 4 minutes or till it changes colour.
  9. Next, add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.
  10. To this, add in the tomato puree and cook covered on medium heat till it thickens. Stir occassionly.
  11. Add the corriander powder and Garam Masala and mix well.
  12. When the cooked mixture thickens well, add the spinach puree, kasuri methi and cottage cheese cubes.
  13. Add in the the milk and stir continuously on high heat till it reaches a boil.
  14. Reduce the heat and add more salt as required. Add a little water keeping the consistency thick.
  15. Add in the cream, stir and switch off the heat.
  16. Serve this delicious Paalak Paneer with Parathas or Garlic Butter Naan, Jeera Rice and a salad and some cooling Boondi Raita by the side!
  17. Do end this delicious meal with a dessert of the delicious Banana Caramel Pudding Trifle!

Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously ....is what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! 😃

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