is a traditional North Indian
delicacy and an integral part of the Punjabi cuisine.
It is also one of the favorite dishes to many especially the kids
coz the influence of Popeye the Sailor gulping cans of Spinach and acquiring tonnes of super energy. It’s a nice way of feeding nutritious dishes to kids
who do not eat a proper balanced diet.
is an Indian gravy based curry
made of spinach and paneer (a non melting Indian cheese) in a tomato
and onion gravy with Indian
spices. It’s a very popular vegetarian
delicacy. The dish looks very appetizing due to the combination of its natural green and white colors of the spinach
This dish is mildly flavored and not a very spicy curry. Normally in the state of Punjab, Palak paneer
is a speciality dish in most of the dhabas. Palak paneer
is served with hot Indian
flat breads accompanied with a glass of Lassi.
Anyways Palak paneer
is truly a guilt free, satisfying well balanced delicious dish.
is a versatile vegetable
. Spinach works well when combined with most or any type of cuisine
whether you’re adding it to dal
… etc, the culinary possibilities are virtually endless.
is very healthy, nutritious and full of antioxidants. It’s also high in iron, vitamins A & C and even calcium. Preparing the Palak paneer
is quiet very simple. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the spinach leaves
for just a minute or two. Remove, drain well in a colander and run under cold water. This will stop the cooking process and also set their lovely green color.
Do not cover the vessel while boiling the spinach
or else you will lose the fresh green color of spinach.
Using a food processor or blender, puree the spinach
into a smooth paste. Do not over blend otherwise you may end up with spinach juice.
In a large pan over medium medium heat, add about 1 tbsp of the oil add whole garam masala
(cardamom, clove and cinnamon),cumin seeds
, chopped garlic
and onions and sauté till the onions turn golden color.
Add little salt and mix. Once the onions
turn brown add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and mix. Add chopped tomatoes
and mix well. Allow to cook on medium flame till the tomatoes
are mashed completely. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, crushed fenugreek leaves
(kasoori methi), chopped green chillies and mix.
Add the palak
puree and cook well till it releases oil. Lastly add the paneer cubes
and little freshly grated nutmeg
and mix well. Add cream to give extra richness and taste to the dish (cream can be optional for dieters). The palak paneer
is ready. Serve with fresh rotis
and fragnant Basmati rice.
(gravy) has always been a favourite among all the paneer
lovers, not only for the great taste it holds, but also for the nutritional components present in it. Palak Paneer
is an entirely “Green
” dish, as it contains a whole lot of Palak (green leafy vegetable) which is highly recommended for a good health. It then contains the famous “Paneer”
which is loved by most people.
How to make Paneer at home for palak Paneer:
Paneer is a lot easier than other cheese to make at home. It takes only few hours for all procedure and just two ingredients- To make yummy paneer boil milk and an acid (lemon juice or vinegar) is added, add producing into lumps and greenish whey are separated. Paneer are simply pressed into a cube after which sliced up or chopped or grated.
Indian cheese (paneer) is a rich supply of calcium. This can help in building strong teeth and bones. Paneer provides the health advantage of protecting against osteoporosis, that is a problem of old age. Ladies who have accomplished menopause and men above 65 years of age should make it a rule to add it in their diet to obtain 25% of calcium through food.
Paneer taken in moderation may help in reduce weight. It's good to remember that lots of people who want to lose weight, include Indian cheese or paneer in their diet plan. Paneer also provides the benefits of reducing the development of insulin resistance syndrome. Hence it's all about dealing with the issue of insulin dependent diabetes.