Monday, March 25, 2013

Spinach & Indian cheese ( Palak Paneer) curry

Spinach & Indian cheese ( Palak Paneer) curry


Fresh Spinach – 1 bunch ( just leaves)

Paneer cubes – 2 cups

Chopped onions – 1 cup

Chopped green chillies / jalapeno – 1 ½ tbsp

Finely Chopped tomatoes( Roma tomatoes) – 1 cup

Fenugreek leaves (Indian name – Methi leaves) – chopped – ¼ cup ( optional)

Turmeric – ½ tsp

Red chilli powder – ½ tsp

Cumin powder – ½ tsp

Coriander powder – ½ tsp

Cinnamon powder – ½ tsp

Crushed Cloves - 2

Salt – ¾ tsp ( according to taste)

Garlic paste – 1 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp


Boil spinach leaves in water for 3 minutes and transfer leaves to cold water immediately.

Grind the spinach leaves with green chillies to a paste. Do not add extra water

Heat oil in a wide sauce pan, add crushes cloves, garlic paste and onions. Sauté them till onions are golden brown and add the cumin, coriander and cinnamon powders. Add turmeric, fenugreek leaves and chilli powder and stir them for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt and cook them in medium flame, lid closed … sometimes stirring constantly till oil separates out in the paste. Now add the Spinach paste on low flame and stir constantly , until both pastes are blended well. It takes about 5 minutes. Make sure to stir constantly to avoid any sticking at bottom, add little water if needed. Add cheese cubes to this gravy and cook for 2 minutes with lid closed on medium flame. Remove from heat after two minutes.

Serve Hot with Heavy cream ( if you like it as is  ) . Also can serve hot with Flour Tortillas or Steamed white Rice.

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