you know through the years, i've met so many people who always ask me about indian food. they might not have known a whole lot about the diversity of foods indians prepare but they all seemed to know what palak paneer is. what is it about this creamed spinach that makes everyone turn to mush? i don't know anyone who doesn't love this. it's truly food for the soul.
I am also posting this for my brother who called me one day out of the blue to ask me how to make my palak paneer. i think the fact that i made it for him once under 20 minutes might have had something to do with it.
because i don't normally measure, it's really taking a toll on me to write up recipes constantly using measures, but since he's relatively new at making this, i'm gonna go ahead and give him the recipe rather than my 'dump this then this' version.
you'll find that my recipe is easy, healthy, fast and pretty damn tasty. you won't miss any of the butter, cream or ghee that is used in the restaurant version. oh and hey, the best thing is you have everything at home for this. i promise you. well, you might have to make a run for the paneer.
Easy & healthy palak paneer
prep time: 20 min
- 1 bag of baby spinach
- paneer, about 16-20 pieces
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 tomatoes cut into large chunks
- green jalapenos or chillies chopped, to taste, i used 3 jalapenos because we like spicy
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- red chilli powder, to taste
- 1/2 tspn turmeric
- 1 tspn garam masala
- salt to taste
- 2-3 tbspn oil
- heat a pan and add water, spinach, tomatoes and jalapenos
- once it comes to a boil, simmer for 10 min while you work on the next steps
- in another pan, heat oil and add cloves, cinnamon stick, onions and garlic saute for 5 min
- add the chilli powder, turmeric, salt and garam masala
- puree the spinach mixture using a handblender and add it to the other pan with the onions
- cover and let simmer for 5 minutes
Notes: if you want it slightly creamy and you're not vegan, go ahead and add a few tablespoons of lowfat yogurt. if you're not watching caloric intake then go for it and add 1/3 cup of cream in the last step.Listening to: another suggestion from my friend A... 'Eggplant' by Michael Franks from the album, Art of Tea (1976). thanks A! loved this and why wouldn't i? the album title and song title are sooooo groovy!