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Palak Paneer

Posted: July 18, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dinner, Indian Food
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Growing up I was not a big fan of green leafy vegetable. But now being a mom I have to eat this veggies in order for my son to obtain the taste and liking for the same.  And I think I also started liking this veggies as an adult. Hubby loves spinach and our recent trip to farmer’s market and with the amount of fresh spinach I brought, brings me to this dish.

Palak Paneer is again the most famous vegetarian dish. Palak is nothing but the hindi term for spinach and paneer is soft Indian cottage cheese. This rich and healthy delicacy consists of small soft paneer cubes cooked in palak based gravy and some indian masala. I don’t have to tell you how healthy it is, if you are on diet this is the best guilt free dish to enjoy.I like to make my own paneer but you are most welcome to get the same from Indian grocery store.

Like most Indian recipes, there are different ways to make a single dish. Palak paneer traditionally made with heavy cream and butter/ghee. But I have made this little more healthy and didn’t use any cream or butter. This recipe is easy, simple and yet nutritious.

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches of Palak (spinach)
  • 1 1/2 cups paneer, cut in small cubes
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon crushed tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon tawa masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste
Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer

Method:

  • Blanch the spinach leaves in a large pot of boiling salted water for 2 minutes only. Drain immediately and immerse in a bowl of ice water.
  • Squeeze out the excess water, and churn it in a blender until smooth and fine puree is obtained. Though water is not needed but if it does add it in small quantities. Once done keep it aside.
  • In a pestle, crush garlic, ginger and green chillies to a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the cubed paneer until lightly golden brown on all the sides. Remove from pan and keep it on paper towel until needed.
  • In the same pan add the remaining two tablespoon of oil, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add chopped onions followed by garlic-ginger-green chilli paste and little salt and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala, tawa masala and salt. Cook covered for 5-6 minutes on low flame.
  • Now add palak puree to the pan and little water for gravy like consistency and cook covered for 10-12 minutes more.
  • In the end before switching of the flame add fried paneer, amchur powder and mix well. Cook for 1 minute or so.
  • Serve hot with roti and enjoy!

Paneer Jalfrezi

Posted: May 4, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dinner, Indian Food
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Jalfrezi dish has its origins in Bengal region of India at the time of the British Raj. The name comes indirectly from Bengali jhāl, spicy food, and Urdu parhezī, suitable for a diet.  Jalfrezi is not a dish it is a popular cooking method. It even has made into Oxford English dictionary.

Jalfrezi is a medium spiced, stir fried dish cooked with veggies, tomato-based sauce and some spices. This is also very popular dish served in every Indian restaurants back home.You can enjoy this with any kind of Indian bread or with rice.

I never cooked with paneer much, but recently I have tried Paneer Makhanwala which hubby and my son enjoyed a lot. So, again I made some fresh paneer the other day and was thinking what else can I make with this. And then hubby said do we have peppers, we can make paneer jalfrezi with this. And I always have colored peppers in my fridge, hence made this for our dinner and needless to say we loved this with some ajwain parathas. My son loved both peppers and paneer, so this is perfect for his portion of  healthy veggies and paneer is excellent source of protein. WIN…WIN… 🙂

Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups paneer, cubed
  • 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, cut in big chunks
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, cut in big chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut in big chunks
  • 1/2  red onion, cut in big chunks
  • 1 large white onion, grated or puree
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1  1/2 teaspoon chilli garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tandoori masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste
Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi

Method:

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, carefully add onions and cook until it slightly turns brown in color.
  • Add chilli garlic sauce, crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, tandoori masala and salt to taste. Cook on medium heat for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Once you see the oil separates out from the sauce, add all the peppers and onion and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • Then add paneer and lightly mix everything together.
  • Serve hot with paratha or roti. Enjoy!!
Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi