Palak Paneer is a popular Indian vegetarian dish that combines the goodness of palak (spinach) with soft cubes of paneer. It is not only a delightful culinary experience, but also nutritious, making it a favorite among people of all ages. Whether you are a seasoned cook or a novice in the kitchen, this blog post will guide you through the step-by-step process of making this delicious dish that will your taste buds will undoubtedly beg for more.
To prepare Palak Paneer you will need the following ingredients:
250 grams fresh spinach leaves, washed and chopped
200 g paneer (Indian cheese), cubed
1 large onion, finely chopped
2-3 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped
2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust as per your spice preference)
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 cup fresh cream or plain yogurt (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust according to the spice you like)
salt to taste
2 tablespoons cooking oil or ghee (clarified butter)
Blanch the Spinach:
In a pot of boiling water, blanch the chopped spinach leaves for about 2 minutes. Drain the spinach and immediately put it in a bowl of ice cold water. This process helps in retaining the vibrant green color of the spinach and prevents overcooking. Once cooled, strain the spinach again and blend it into a smooth puree. Cancel.
Heat one tablespoon oil or ghee in a non-stick pan on a medium flame. –
Add paneer pieces and fry them till they become light golden brown from all the sides. Paneer should be removed from the pan and set aside.
Prepare Palak Paneer Base:
Add one more tablespoon of oil or ghee to the same pan. Add the cumin seeds and give them a little roasting. Then include it with finely minced onions and green chilies. The onion must be cooked until it becomes translucent.
Add ginger-garlic paste and spices:
For a minute after adding it, fry the ginger-garlic paste to remove the raw smell. Additions at this point include salt, red chili powder, and turmeric powder. Heat for another minute after completely mixing.
Add chopped tomatoes:
Add finely chopped tomatoes to the pan and cook till they become soft and mushy.
Include Spinach Puree:
Now add the mixed spinach puree to the pan and mix everything together. Allow the mixture to cook on medium-low heat for about 5-7 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
Optional: Add fresh cream or yogurt:
Palak paneer can be made using fresh cream or plain yogurt for a creamier texture. 2 more minutes should be added after a thorough stirring.
Add paneer pieces:
Carefully add the fried paneer pieces to the spinach mixture. Mix them gently, making sure the cheese is coated in the delicious sauce.
Sprinkle Garam Masala:
Sprinkle garam masala over palak paneer and give it a final mix.
Serve and Enjoy:
Now is the time to serve your delectable Palak Paneer! Add some freshly whipped cream or some finely chopped coriander leaves as a garnish. For a filling lunch, serve it with steaming rice, hot, puffy naan, or roti.
Palak Paneer is not only a delicious vegetarian dish, but is also a great way to include the goodness of spinach in your diet. With its wonderful combination of flavours, it is no wonder that this dish is loved by people all over the world. So, the next time you are craving nutritious and delicious Indian food, why not try your hand at making Palak Paneer? Happy Cooking!