There is some kind of reluctance I have noticed towards using leafy vegetables in regular diet. With that being said, those who don’t eat vegetables like spinach or fenugreek are losing out a lot of important nutrients in their daily meals. I mostly prefer vegetarian food over non vegetarian because I am comfortable eating it without drooling over non vegetarian food :). So I like dishes like Palak Paneer which caters the requirement of my regular intake of protein and iron. Because palak or spinach is best source of Iron and paneer or cottage cheese is rich in protein.
The luscious paneer blends well with green spinach and it becomes a perfect dish for lunch or dinner. Look at the method of making classic Palak Paneer below.
Fresh Spinach 350 gms
Cottage cheese 200 gms
Onion 1 medium size
Garlic 3 cloves
Ginger 1 inch piece
Bay leaf 1
Garam Masala 1 table spoon
Salt to taste
Fresh cream 2 table spoons
Lemon juice 1 tea spoon.
Water 2 cups
First, wash the Spinach thoroughly under the running tap water.
Now put the Spinach in the boiling water for a minute and then immediately remove it from hot water. In a separate bowl, take some ice and add water. Add the Spinach which you removed from the boiling water into the cold water. This process is called blanching.
In a skillet heat oil and add cottage cheese cut into dices. Shallow fry them till they become slightly golden on the surface. Remove them and keep them aside.
Now in the same skillet add little more oil and saute chopped onions and garlic till they become translucent. Add bay leaf also for flavor.
In the meanwhile, make a paste of Spinach, ginger and green chili in a mixer grinder.
Back to the skillet, add the garam masala and salt to taste. Saute it for a minute.
Now add the Spinach paste and reduce the flame. Add little water for gravy like consistency.
Add fried cottage cheese and simmer the gravy for a minute.
After a minute, remove the bay leaf, switch off the gas.
Serve the Palak Paneer in a bowl.
While serving, add little fresh cream for that extra richness and little lemon juice.
Serve this delicious dish with soft fulkas or jeera rice (tempered rice with cumin seeds).
Look at the gorgeous dish, aren’t you tempted to make and have it? Let me know your feedback in the comment box below.