curried spinach & indian cheese (palak paneer)

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer

you will need:
1) 1-2 bunches of spinach
2) paneer (indian cheese) – cubed to 1″ pieces and shallow fry in 2 tsp of oil and let it cool
3) red onion -1
4) 2 tbsp tomato paste
5) 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
6) 1 tsp garam masala
7) 1 tsp red chilli powder
8) 1 tsp cumin powder
9) 1 tsp coriander powder
10) salt to taste
11) 1 cup of milk or 1/2 cup of heavy cream
12) 2 tbsp butter
13) 1 tsp of cumin seeds
14) 1 tsp of finely chopped garlic and 1 tsp of finely chopped fresh ginger

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make it:
1) Wash the spinach thoroughly and bring a pot of water to boil, drop the spinach and let it boil for only 4 minutes. Drain the water, rinse the spinach with cold water and let it cool and coarsely grind to a paste by adding 1/2 cup of water
2) In a pan, add 2 tbsp of butter, add cumin seeds, add the onions, saute for 3-4 minutes, add the turmeric, cumin, coriander and chilli powders, tomato paste, chopped ginger and garlic and fry in medium flame for 2 minutes, until you a get a nice aroma of the spices
3) Add the ground spinach, and let it cook for 5 minutes
4) Add the fried paneer cubes, mix well, add salt to taste, heavy cream or milk and let it cook for 7-8 minutes
5) Sprinkle 1 tsp of garam masala, mix well, and serve with Cumin Rice or Naan

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Note: This method is a very basic to get started, the taste might not compare to the restaurant versions, but still its homemade, nutritious and easy for anyone to give a try.

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