Friday, March 2, 2012

Palak Paneer

Spinach is one of those super vegetable which has to be included in our everyday diet.  We know that spinach is a rich source of iron,apart from that spinach is also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, magnesium etc.  Including a good amount of spinach in your everyday diet, helps you prevent against certain type of cancer.  It helps builds up your immunity system, Vitamin K - strengthens your bones.  The high amount of Vitamin A- keeps your skin glowing.  When this super vegetable has so much to offer for our body, why don't we include this in our diet and keep our body active and healthy.

Whatever recipe you prepare,remember to boil the spinach in water for few minutes to remove certain types of acid in the leaves.  Don't drink or use the boiled water as stock, since the acids are not good for your health.  If you would like to know more about this super vegetable, read it from here, here and here.
When it comes to spinach, I always feel comfortable with dhal and that's the most comfort food of all for me.  Recently my daughters have developed a phobia that no more dhals.  When I enter into my kitchen to prepare lunch, my little one comes running at the back of me and she says, amma, no dhal today.  So the alternative for spinach would be with paneer,aloo or mutton.  In my home when it's mutton they enjoy the food a lot, for a veggie alternative we like it with paneer and aloo.  I almost use the same preparation method for mutton and paneer but still there is a huge difference in flavours.  When you have fresh paneer and fresh palak, it tastes the best.  This can be enjoyed as a side with roti's,naan or kulchas.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time:20- 30 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
Spinach- 1/2 kg
Paneer- 200 g ( thinly sliced into squares or rectangle)
Onion- 1 big sized ( finely chopped )
Tomato- 2 medium sized ( finely chopped)
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Cinnamon- 1/2inch stick
Bay leaves- 1
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Curry powder- 1 tsp
Green chilly- 1
Kasuri methi- 1 tsp crushed
Oil- 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method:
Wash the spinach in water for 3 to 4 times to remove all the dirt.  Add the spinach to the boiling water and leave it for 3 to 4 minutes.  Drain all the water and blend it in a blender,keep  it separately.
Heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel.  Add bay leaf, cinnamon and cumin.  Now add the ginger garlic paste and chopped onion.  Saute until the raw smell goes, this may roughly take about 5 minutes.  Then add the tomatoes, mix it well.  Keep the flame in medium,cover the pan and let it cook until the tomatoes look mushed up.  At this point add chilly powder,coriander powder,curry powder,green chilly and kasuri methi.  Give it a good stir, keep the flame in low,cover the pan and cook until oil separates.
Finally add the pureed spinach, paneer and salt.  Let it simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.  Switch off the flame and serve it warm with roti's and naan.

This recipe goes to  Healthy Morsels- Pregnancy , Let's Cook- Greens, Green Blog Hop

42 comments:

Kaveri said...

Looks awesome...love palak paneer.

Deeksha said...

My most favorite side dish. Yours look super yummy.

sojo said...

love it.... beautiful clicks

PriyaVaasu said...

All Time Fav side-dish for Roti's!!!

Rachana said...

Palak paneer is an all time favourite at my place. Yum!

Archana said...

Looks awesome. This is my children's favourite.

Charu Srivastava said...

luks delicious...yummmm

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks wonderful dear...
lovely clicks as usual :)

Vimitha Anand said...

Such a healthy and yummy dish.. Perfect for chapathis

Shobha said...

Very healthy one... I make it almost the same way.

maha said...

my fav paneer dish........looking superb.....

Srimathi said...

Looks delicious. I love the photo clicks that makes it even more appetizing.

Aarthi said...

Awesome recipe...a must to try

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ANU said...

wow u r awesome dear...wonderful pics......

Torviewtoronto said...

healthy delicious looking paneer dish

Preeti Garg said...

yummy .....

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simply amazing looking palak paneer. Wonderfully prepared.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

schmetterlingwords said...

Palak paneer looks delicious Ayeesh... Would like to wipe it off with soft chapatis... :)

Rinku Naveen said...

This looks too good Ayeesha.. And pics are just WOW!!!

San said...

Palak paneer looks ravishing, thanks for sharing such a healthy recipe. The pics are awesome.

Pari said...

That's an all time favorite dear, looks so good.


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Rashida shaikh said...

Who doesn’t like palak paneer...your palak is so green making our eyes refreshing.

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

lovely pics, got me drooling for a bite

SChee said...

Thanks for sharing this delicious and healthy recipe. Just loving your new series, will try my best to add my contribution, too.Have a great day!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Looks super delicious.....Very beautiful clicks..love it

M D said...

Palak Paneer looks awesome!

Ganga Sreekanth said...

healthy and delicious.....nice clicks

Kalpana Sareesh said...

scrumptious palak paneer

Chandrani said...

Greeny yummy palak paneer. My one of fav dish.

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Junia said...

i love spinach curries! i'm sure with paneer, it tastes delicious. :) yay for joining our #greenslove bloghop! have a splendid week :)

hemalata said...

Delicious palak paneer,looks so yummy.

Sanjeeta kk said...

Yum..yum..love palak paneer!

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

After all these lovely comments, what more am I left to say with!!
A perfect perfect perfect side-dish to go just with anything I can dream of, from chapathi to nan, from rice to paav; I can have it with anything. You know, spinach is what I had the most during my pregnancy. :)

Richgail of AstigVegan said...

Ooo I love Indian curries. Sending some #greenslove your way.

Anzz said...

Looks delicious..! Yummy post..!

Lecker and Yummy Recipes said...

I love spinat in any and every form too :) sure it tastes good. Thank you Ayeesha for linking with Healthy Morsels..heehee ;)

Ambreen said...

Never tried with paneer before, we mostly prepare this with meat or potatoes. This looks fantastic!

Georgie said...

What a beautiful recipe and gorgeous colors. I love Palak Paneer and this recipe looks amazing! I also love that you great everyone to your site with the sweet and kind words of Salams - and to you too!

Wheres k&b said...

Sounds healthy, delicious, & looks beautiful!

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Elizabeth @Mango_Queen said...

I've never had Palak Paneer before, but I'm want to try it now after reading your post! Thanks for sharing #Greenslove with us.

lisa said...

Found you from greenslove bloghop! Great immune boosting recipe!

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

this looks wonderful...I'm a a huge fan of spinach and I love palak paneer!

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Jen

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