Palak paneer is one of the most popular dishes in north India especially in Punjabi households.No weekend menu , party meal, or any festive menu is completed without palak paneer curry there. This dish has gained huge popularity across the Indian subcontinent. Palak paneer dish has always been on the top of all the restaurants and Dhaba menus
This classic dish is a combination of pureed palak/ spinach and paneer /cottage cheese. Palak is washed and blanched as a very first step and blended into a creamy purée. This spinach puree is given a tadka of a few aromatics and spices. I use little chickpea flour also which soaks extra moisture from the pureed palak. Paneer is added and finally served with a drizzle of fresh cream. The luscious palak paneer is ready to serve with lachha parantha.
Prep Time – 20 minutes
Cook Time – 15 minutes
course – Main
Serves – 4
Author – Bharti Dhawan
Spinach – 1 kg(roughly chopped)
Finely chopped onions – 2 medium-sized
Finely chopped tomatoes – 2 medium-sized
Cubed paneer/cottage cheese – 200 gms
Finely chopped ginger garlic and green chilies – 2 tsp each
Salt, red chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder – 2 tsp each or tastewise
Cumin seeds/jeera – 1 tsp
Besan/chickpea flour – 1 tbsp
Whole red chilies – 2 nos.
Oil – 1 tbsp
Butter – 1 tbsp
Fresh cream – 1 tbsp
Grated paneer – 1 tbsp(for garnishing)
METHOD TO COOK PALAK PANEER
1- First of all, wash the palak/spinach thoroughly and keep on the flame to blanch for 2 minutes with a sufficient amount of water.
2- Let it cool and blend it to make a fine puree and keep aside.
3- Heat oil and butter in a kadhai and add cumin seeds/jeera and let it crackle.Time to add ginger, garlic, and green chilies and cook for a while. Add chopped onions and stir.
4- Add besan/chickpea flour and roast until golden brown
5- Add salt and all the powdered spices followed by the tomato puree
6- Cook everything well until masala leaves oil.
7- This is the time to add palak puree to the masala
8- Next, add paneer/cottage cheese cubes to the palak puree
9- Mix well and some whole red chilies and fresh cream. Combine all the ingredients well
10- Tasty Palak paneer is ready. This dish goes very well with Choor-Choor Ajwain Parantha