Palak Paneer- Tasty and Healthy

Does taste and health go together? I have heard many people say yes to it and have seen many blog posts where people made something that is healthy and yummy too. Trust me, I never believed either of these until I got to taste this recipe. When I was expecting my son, my doctor loaded me with advices on eating  green leafy vegetables, especially spinach. I already had imported a lot of, in my words ‘boring’ food into my diet chart, and now spinach!!!!!  That’s when my sis-in-law showed up. She made me this dish and with a lot of reluctance, I tried my first spoon and wow.. it tasted yumm!!!..  Since then, this dish has a place in my favorite vegetarian dishes. Thanks to my sissy!I discovered this awesome way of including spinach or palak in my family’s diet.

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So here goes the recipe.. Taste bhi, health bhi.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

 Ingredients:

Spinach or Palak : 2 bundles
Paneer : 200gms
Onion : 1 large
Tomato : 1 medium
Garlic chopped : 1 tbsp
Oil : 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder : 1 tbsp
Coriander powder : 1/2 tbsp
Garam masala powder : 1/2 tbsp.
Salt : to taste
Water : half cup
Fresh cream : 3 tbsp

Method:

1. Cut off the root of the palak and wash it thoroughly.

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2. Add washed palak to a pressure cooker along with water,  half the turmeric powder & salt and pressure cook on high flame till 3 whistles.

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3. Grind when cooled to a smooth paste and keep aside.

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4. Grind onion and keep aside.  Also finely chop little onion (about a tbsp) and keep aside.

5. Heat oil in a pan and add garlic and chopped onion.  When it starts turning colour, add the onion paste to it and saute.
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6. Once the onion paste turns colour, lower the flame and add turmeric, chilly, coriander and garam masala powders. Saute till the raw taste goes.
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7. Add finely chopped tomato to it and saute further till the tomato is fully cooked.

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8. Add the ground palak to this and mix well. Cook on medium flame for 3 mins till water dries off,  palak changes color and oil is seen.

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9. Add fresh cream to this and cook for further 2 mins.
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10. Add the paneer cubes to this gravy and mix well.

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11. Close lid and cook on low flame for another 1 min.

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Done!  Serve this warm.

Notes:

  1. The cooked palak will have water in it.  Use it along to grind.
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