Thursday, March 25, 2010

Paalak Paneer (Spinach Curry with Indian Cheese )

Preparation Time :- 15 mins & 
Cooking Time :- 30-40 mins

2-3tbsp of Vegetable oil
Whole Garam Masala (1-2 Bay leaf, 1 Small stick of cinnamon, 2-3 Cloves, 3-4 Black Peppercorns, 2-3 Green Cardamoms )
1 Medium sized red onion, peeled & minced
2 1/2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
1/4 Cup tomato puree(fresh or canned)
2-4 Green chillies minced/chopped
1/4 tsp Turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp Garam masala pwd
1/2 tsp Cumin pwd
1/2 tsp Coriander pwd
1/4 tsp Red chilli pwd (optional)
Salt-to taste
1 (16-ounce) Package Spinach (Blanched & pureed)
1 Cup Paneer Cubes fried (Indian Cheese)
1 tbsp Heavy cream, for garnish

Method :-
1. Blanch the spinach in a big vessel of boiling water.
2. Drain, wash with cold water & blend into a smooth puree.
3. Cut the paneer into small pieces and deep fry in hot oil until golden brown
4. Remove & drain on a tissue/absorbent paper. Keep aside.
5. Heat the oil in a pan, add the whole garam masala ,then fry the minced red onions till they turn translucent.
6. Add the ginger-garlic paste, minced/chopped green chillies,red chilli pwd (optional),turmeric pwd, then fry for some (1-2 mins) time.
7. Add the tomato puree & salt, fry stirring continuously till the mixture leaves oil around.
8. Add the spinach puree, garam masala, 1 cup of water & bring to boil.
9. Add the fried paneer cubes towards the end & keep it on simmer
10.Garnish with heavy cream & Serve hot.