Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer


One of the recipes that I had bookmarked to try that used paneer was this one for a palak paneer. Palak paneer is a dish that consists of the paneer which is cooked in a spinach, tomato and onion gravy with Indian spices. Now that I had my own home made paneer I was ready to try making the palak paneer. In this dish the paneer is fried until golden brown on all sides before being added to the spinach gravy to simmer and absorb all of the curries flavours. The palak paneer recipe is pretty easy to follow though I did end up running into one problem. My mini chop 'food processor' was not up to the task of truly pureeing the spinach and my spinach gravy ended up being a bit chunkier than I had been hoping for but it was still really tasty. The homemade paneer worked really well in the curry having absorbed all of the tasty flavours of the gravy and it added a great texture to the dish. I served the palak paneer with some freshly made still warm naan which was also addictively good! One thing that I noticed about the palak paneer was that the leftovers tasted even better the next day as the flavours had a chance to mingle and develop a bit more.

Palak Paneer

(makes 4 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups paneer (cut into bite sized cubes)
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 onion (pureed)
2 green chillies (chopped)
1 teaspoon garlic (grated)
1 teaspoon ginger (grated)
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 cup tomato (blanched, pealed and pureed or canned)
3 bunches spinach (trimmed, blanched and pureed or 1 10 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and pureed)
1 teaspoon garam masala
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup water

Directions:
1. Melt the butter in a pan.
2. Add the paneer and fry until golden brown on all sides.
3. Let the paneer soak in warm water for 30 minutes.
4. Melt the butter in a pan.
5. Add the cumin, onion and chillies and saute until brown.
6. Add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
7. Add the chili powder, coriander, turmeric and tomato puree and simmer for 5 minutes.
8. Add the spinach and simmer for 5 minutes.
9. Add the garam masala, paneer and water and simmer for 15 minutes.

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Palak Dal
Butter Paneer Masala
Cashew Chicken Curry

46 comments:

Dana said...

Great use for your homemade paneer! I'm so impressed with this dish and the effort you put into it.

maybelles mom said...

Indian food always tastes better the next day. This is a classic paneer dish.

Karine said...

This dish has many flavors! thanks for sharing :)

Jenn said...

Looks delicious!!!! Now I've really got to try making my own paneer.

PATRICIA ROY said...

This is one of my favorite foods of all time! I could eat it every day.

Katrina said...

Kevin, you are amazing with all the different, interesting foods you make. A lot of which I've never even heard of--but everything always looks great!

ttfn300 said...

ooh, i don't think i've had this version, but the extra goodies (besides spinach) sound great!

Kerstin said...

Looks amazing! Paneer with spinach is my favorite Indian dish and I like all the extra layers of flavor in this dish. I'm so impressed you made your own paneer!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Even if didn't end up as expected it still looked pretty and yummy!

Ann said...

I was expecting something from you with Paneer..palak paneer looks delicious and one of my fav

Nina Timm said...

It is quite a feeling of achievement that comes with making your own paneer!!! I enjoyed it so much, but I am trying this recipe for sure, next time!!!

Cate said...

I like that this recipe isn't weighed down by 1/2 a cup of ghee, like some restaurant variations. I actually prefer the spinach more chunky and less pureed, so I would be happy with this!

Sweet Bird said...

I looooove palak paneer. This looks great!

Nicole Feliciano said...

Missed you this week! But it is not too late to link up:

http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2009/07/friday-feasts-couscous.html

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A mouthwatering dish! Very appetizing!

Cheers,

Rosa

Syrie said...

Yum. One of my faves. And homemade paneer too. I'm very impressed.

Y said...

One of my favourite Indian dishes! :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow...looks drool worthy.....

Pam said...

I was just reading about paneer again yesterday! I've really got to try making that!

Rachana Shakyawar said...

Hi Chef;

I trule luv your blog and recipes.
I'm from India and this very recipe Palak-Paneer is from India.
However, we never add Tomatoes in Palak-Paneer authentic recipe. Although we might garnish with the cream over the top!


Cheers!
Rachana Shakyawar
http://rachanashakyawar.blogspot.com/Humming Today

Rachana Shakyawar said...

Hi Chef;

I trule luv your blog and recipes.
I'm from India and this very recipe Palak-Paneer is from India.
However, we never add Tomatoes in Palak-Paneer authentic recipe. Although we might garnish with the cream over the top!


Cheers!
Rachana Shakyawar
Blog:Humming Today

Joanne said...

Pureeing spinach is one of those things that actually calls for a blender. Awesome use of paneer!

Morta Di Fame said...

Not even kidding, the site of that made my mouth water. Seriously.

oneshotbeyond said...

beautiful colors and flavors!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Kevin this is my husband's favorite Indian dish! I am so happy you posted this!

Laura

Lisa said...

I just knew you are were going to do something awesome with your homemade paneer. This is one of my favorites!

Chris said...

Ingenious.

mona said...

Kevin, Palak Paneer looks sooo delicious! Well done. The clicks are great!

Lina said...

hmmm I still have yet to challenge Indian cooking. This looks great.

Chef Jeena said...

Gorgeous just gorgeous!

CinnamonQuill said...

One of my favorite dishes! And the homemade paneer puts it over the top!

Arch said...

I make this very differently, but this looks lovely and I love the way you experiment with all cuisines..Wonderful Kevin

Kirby! said...

Palek Paneer is BY FAR my favorite Indian dish... I've got to learn to make my own Paneer!!

Christie's Corner said...

I've been wanting to make saag paneer for a while. This looks like a lovely variation on the spinach theme. And I see your homemade paneer held together just fine. Must go buy some muslin.

vantiganloos said...

I wondered about soaking the paneer in warm water after cooking it? I"ve never done that before... I wonder why you did and would be willing to try it if it was remarkable... also I"ve made paneer in the past and it has melted upon frying... any hints?

Poornima Nair said...

Paneer dishes and even all non vegetarian dishes taste great the next day...you palak paneer is fabulous, so tempting.

HoneyB said...

Looks amazingly good!

Kevin said...

vantiganloos: Paneer gets a bit hard when it is fried so I soaked it in the water to help keep it a bit softer. If you were going to be simmering it for a long time in a curry then you could probably skip it but I wanted the spinach to retain as much of it bright green colour as possible so I did not want to cook it for a long time.

Bellini Valli said...

Making our own paneer seems the only way to enjoy this delicacy here. Good job kevin:D

meeso said...

Great job... this looks delicious... I'm glad to see you making some yummy Indian food :)

Anonymous said...

This is one of our favourite dish.
I always boil the spinach a day before I make the dish. this way it tastes better and does not have that "grassy smell".
I puree the roma tomatoes and also add thinly sliced green chillies. I am impressed with your home-made paneer. I use the store bought Nanak Paneer, cube it and add it to the spinach. I never fry it. I think this way the paneer takes up the spinach flavour and also soaks up the extra liquid.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Thanks for the tips!

Lindsey said...

You have a fanstastic blog!! I, too, cook in an itty-bitty kitchen. I love your recipe here for palek paneer, I used one one time from epicurious and though it tasted spectacular, it didn't feel as straightforward as your recipe. I am eager to try it soon---and attempt my first homemade naan.

I think you have a fantastic blog, and I'm eager to visit again. I hope you don't mind if I make your blog a cooking resource for my readers?

truly,
Lindsey
http://theadventuresofculinarylin.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/basmati/ here is my palak paneer--smoother than yours from my food processor, I like the authentic chunky look of yours!!

Shirley said...

Always best to use homemade paneer for the best texture. Yours is an interesting version of palak paneer.
Do check mine.
http://enrichingyourkid.blogspot.com/2009/11/cottage-cheese-in-spinach-currypalak.html

Krista Jorstad said...

I've always wondered how to make my own paneer, and this dish has so many flavors! Thanks for the recipe suggestion.

Your Cookery Book said...

Palak Paneer is so healthy recipe. I simply love both spinach and cottage cheese.

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