Thursday, June 4, 2009

Palak Paneer

Paneer in Palak or Spinach gravy is a popular north Indian dish that needs no special introduction. Green and juicy, probably this is the most common dish on every north Indian menu, be it restaurants, hostels, functions or just at home.
This recipe is specially dedicated to the birthday girl. A very happy birthday Akhila!!!

Preparation time: 25 – 30 mins

Serves 2


Spinach leaves (Palak) 1 bunch
Green Chillies 5
Milk 10 ml
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Paneer cubes 6
Refined cooking oil 2 tsp
Garam Masala ½ tsp
Red chilli powder ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Fresh cream to garnish

Wash and chop the spinach leaves.
Boil the spinach leaves with 3 green chillies and a pinch of salt. Leave to cool.
Grind the spinach leaves and green chillies with 10 ml milk.
Now, in a pan, heat oil, add Cumin seeds (jeera), paneer cubes , 2 green chillies (optional) and mix. Wait till they become brown. Green peas can also be added after the paneer cubes are done (optional).
Now add the spinach paste and fry. If necessary add little water so that the gravy has a semi-liquid consistency and the curry is not burnt.
Add salt to taste, garam masala, mirchi powder and allow to cook till the oozes out. This may take around 5 – 7 minutes when cooked on simmer.
Garnish with fresh cream and serve.

Palak paneer tastes awesome with any of the Indian breads or any flavored rice. It is nutritious and tasty too. Hope Akhila makes this for her birthday and enjoys a great birthday.


Pavan said...

Wowwwww!!! looks awesome!! advance happy bday akhila.. baa practise cheyyi nenu vacchi thinta eppudaina!! :)

KOLLURI RAMESH A.K.A STALIN said... mouth is watering...cant wait to eat it when i am back in india.....


wow...yummy..mouth watering...cant wait to go back to india to eat it...

namratha said...

sounds delicious... ! Cant wait to try it out!

akhila.s said...

ahhaa! entha manchi bday gifttt! :))
reepe chestaaaa :D
thanks soo much didi

Bhavana said...

hey... try it out adding shah jeera n kaju paste...

Pratnee said...

@Pavan, Ramesh and Namratha - Thank you so much!!! Please try and let us know...

@ Akhila - Hope you had a great bday!!

@ Bhavana - We have written the basic one, shall come up with improvements later on. Thank you for the suggestion

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