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Palak Paneer Recipe - Embracing the Essence

Palak Paneer Recipe - Embracing the Essence

In the realm of Indian cuisine, certain dishes evoke nostalgia, and Palak Paneer is undoubtedly one such creation. This beloved North Indian delicacy, adorned with the richness of spinach and the creaminess of paneer, encapsulates comfort and flavor. Let’s embark on a culinary journey to recreate this classic dish, showcasing simplicity and heartiness in every bite.

Level Easy

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 250g Paneer (cottage cheese), cubed
  • 300g Spinach (palak), washed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Oil or Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Green chili, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1-inch Ginger, grated
  • 2 Tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kasuri Methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • Fresh cream for garnish (optional)

Cookware Required

For crafting the delightful Palak Paneer, MACclite offers essential cookware that ensures optimal cooking experiences. The MACclite Iron Kadai or the Alpha Nonstick Cookware Kadai would be ideal for sautéing the paneer cubes to a perfect golden hue. Additionally, the MACclite Saucepan or the Alpha Nonstick Cookware Saucepan serves impeccably for simmering the flavorsome spinach gravy. These durable and versatile cookware options from MACclite promise efficiency and durability, making the Palak Paneer creation a delightful experience in every MACclite kitchen.

Directions

  1. Blanch and Blend the Spinach

    • Boil water in a pot and blanch the chopped spinach for 2-3 minutes. Drain and immediately transfer to ice-cold water to retain its green color.
    • Blend the blanched spinach into a smooth puree. Set aside.
  2. Sauté Paneer Cubes

    • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan. Sauté the paneer cubes until they turn golden brown. Remove and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Gravy

    • In the same pan, add another tablespoon of oil or ghee. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
    • Add finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent. Add minced garlic, grated ginger, and green chili (if using). Cook until the raw aroma dissipates.
  4. Add Tomato Puree and Spices

    • Pour in the tomato puree and cook until the oil starts to separate from the sides.
    • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala, and salt. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Combine Spinach Puree

    • Pour the spinach puree into the pan and stir. Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes on low heat, allowing the flavors to meld.
  6. Introduce Paneer and Finish

    • Gently add the sautéed paneer cubes into the spinach gravy. Crush kasuri methi between your palms and sprinkle it over the dish.
    • Simmer for a few more minutes, allowing the paneer to absorb the flavors.
  7. Garnish and Serve

    • Drizzle with a spoonful of fresh cream for added richness (optional).
    • Serve hot with naan, roti, or steamed rice, relishing the creamy goodness of Palak Paneer.

Palak Paneer, with its vibrant green hue and creamy texture, captures the essence of homely comfort while tantalizing the taste buds with its subtle spices. This wholesome dish is a testament to the art of simplicity and warmth found in every Indian kitchen. Enjoy its richness and savor the flavors that transport you to the heart of traditional Indian cuisine. Bon appétit! 🌿✨

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