I hope you enjoy this Palak Paneer.
Just like any other cuisine, Indian cuisine has also made a match between spinach and fresh Indian cheese called paneer. Paneer is always best when it is homemade. Paneer as such doesn’t have much taste, but if you combine with other spices and flavors, it becomes delicious.
Palak paneer is also a restaurant favorite; you can see it in the menu without fail. As you know Indian cuisine is not limited to the dishes you encounter in US restaurants. It has lots of varieties just like the many languages prevalent in India.
Palak paneer is part of the North Indian style of cooking. In North India, spinach or Palak is available in plenty during the winter season. However, saag paneer is entirely different from palak paneer, as for the former one any type of greens can be used instead of spinach or palak. The authentic Saag Paneer is made with mustard greens, and paneer is added crumbly.
Whereas in palak paneer, spinach is cooked into gravy with spices and paneer is added as such or fried. I added fried paneer since it holds a better shape after cooking. You can make this curry rich by cooking with ghee and by adding heavy whipping cream. I prefer not to add heavy cream as it dilutes the wonderful green color.
In order to maintain the green color, I used only green chilies for spiciness, ginger and one tomato for the tanginess. Spices like cumin, dried fenugreek leaves were also added. Adding black pepper and lemon juice at the end of cooking will give an extra boost of flavor. I didn’t do that step.
For this dish, I blanched the fresh spinach and pureed with green chilies then added it to pureed sauteed onion and tomato, and spiced it up with cumin powder; gram masala dried fenugreeks leaves, coriander powder and a pinch of chili powder, then added fried paneer and mixed it in. You can use frozen spinach, however, I don’t recommend it as canned spinach has salt and preservatives already added.
I served this dish with chapati/Indian flatbread. You can serve with any bread or flatbread but in order to get full Indian meal look for chapati or Nan.
Try it yourself it won’t disappoint you. If you liked this recipe, you might also enjoy this Veg Sorak Curry
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