Palak Paneer (Homemade cottage cheese in Spinach Gravy)

I love Spinach, may be not more than Popeye but my love is quite equivalent to it, salad, soup , sautéed or curried Spinach works for me in every form. Here is one of my favourite recipe for Spinach. A really healthy and tasty curry.

Palak Paneer, one of the best combinations, white creamy paneer cubes in green luscious, mildly spiced spinach gravy.

In this recipe I have used homemade cottage cheese, as I love the freshness and creaminess it brings to the curry.

This is a quick version, This recipe is good for 3-4 people

Ingredients

  • Spinach – 500 Gms
  • Tomatoes- 2
  • Onion – 2
  • Garlic – 3-4 Cloves
  • Ginger – A small knob
  • Green Chili- 2
  • Coriander seeds – half spoon
  • Anise – Half spoon
  • Cumin – Half spoon
  • Red chili powder- Half spoon
  • Salt- As per taste
  • Garam masala- half spoon
  • Dry Mango Powder- 1 spoon (Can substitute with lemon)
  • Oil/Butter- 2-3 Spoon
  • Cream- 3-4 Spoon
  • Paneer –  1 Cup – Cubed

Method

  1. Wash Spinach and boil along with tomatoes and onion (I pressure cooked it for 1 whistle as I was in a hurry)
  2. Once done remove spinach and place in ice water as it helps it retain its green color (This step is optional)
  3. Once Boiled make a puree of spinach, tomato and onion
  4. Finely chop Ginger, chili and garlic (or make a paste of you prefer)
  5. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin, coriander seeds and anise and let them roast for a min or two
  6. Now add chopped ginger, chili and garlic and cook them for 2-3 min on low flame
  7. Add in spinach puree, add salt, red chili powder and dry mango powder and mix well
  8. Cook the puree until it thickens (5-10 min, depending on the amount of water you added for boiling and pureeing, keep the water less)
  9. Once it has reached desired consistency add in cream and give it a swirl
  10. After a minute add in paneer cubes, gently mix and remove from the heat
  11. Serve hot with chapati, kulcha, naan or rice (I served it with Stuffed Kulcha )
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