mearl223 On October - 14 - 2009

Palak paneer

A creamy medium-spicy North-Indian spinach(palak) gravy with cottage cheese (paneer) cubes.




PrepTime 10mins – CookTime 10mins – Serves 3




2 bunches spinach
1 bunch coriander
1 chopped large onion
1 cup cooking cream
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1 green chili
1/2 kg paneer/ cottage cheese – cut in 1″x1″ cubes
3-4 cardamoms/ 1/s tsp cardamom pwd
1/4 tsp ajwain (optional)
1/2 tsp turmeric
cooking oil/ clarified butter

Cooking Instructions:

1. Finely grind the spinach, coriander leaves, cumin, peppercorns, chili, cardamom, ajwain, turmeric & half the onions with some water.

2. Place the paneer cubes in room temp water with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder added to it – Leave aside.

3. In a sauce pan, heat 3 tbsp cooking oil/ butter, fry the remaining onions well.

4. Then add the ground mixture 2-3 tbsp at a time, frying well for 2mins.

5. Add salt & sugar to taste.

6. Drain the paneer & drop the cubes into the gravy – simmer open for 2mins.

7. Add the beaten cream 2 tbsp at a time, gently folding it into the gravy to get a pleasant green colour & then simmer (open) till desired consistency is reached.

8. Garnish with cream & serve with steamed rice or piping hot rotis/ naans.

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