Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Back to blogging with Palak Paneer

Feels like its been ages since I have updated this dear space of mine! The space that I lovingly created to keep myself busy and to document the experiments in my kitchen. Life got really busy shuffling with a new job and naughty little toddler. I did cook but did not have the time nor patience to click pictures and make a post. But again things have changed and for better. We have moved to US and I am now a full time mom to my 21 months old son. He makes sure that he keeps me busy all the time. But I have decided to keep some time aside just for myself and this dear space of mine. I hope I will keep up and continue with the same enthusiasm with which I have come back to the world of blogging.
Now, Coming back to the topic this dish, It is one of our favorite dish.

Here is what's needed:
1 bunch Palak/Spinach leaves cleaned
1/2 cup cubed Paneer (I used store brought)
1 medium Onion finely chopped
1 medium Tomato finely chopped
4 cloves of Garlic minced
2 green Chillies
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds/Jeera
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
1/4 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Kasuri methi
1/4 tsp red Chilli powder (Optional)
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Oil

1) In a pan boil 2 cups of water. Add spinach and green chilies and cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain and run through cold water to prevent it from getting overcooked. Make a puree and keep aside.
2) Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they splutter add in the garlic and onion, fry until pinkish and add in the chopped tomatoes. Cook until mushy.
3) Add in coriander powder and kasuri methi and fry for a minute and then add the spinach paste. Add salt and check if the spice is right. If not add in a little chilli powder.
4) Give the mixture a boil and  add the cubed paneer and garam masala powder.(I do not fry the paneer nor add in cream when I am cooking just for us).
5)When the mixture comes to good rolling boil switch off. Serve hot with warm phulka's.