Posted by Annita on September 12, 2006
A rich and healthy deliccacy,which goes well with any type of roti.Palak puree combined with spices and heavy cream to give a fabulous taste.I don’t understand why some people(including my husband) don’t find this dish impressive as I do.
This is a very popular dish in India,and most of the people might have their own recipe,and here goes my version ..
Spinach/Palak cleaned – 1 bunch
Green Chillies – 3-4
Chopped Onion – 2
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cashews – 8 (Optional)
Heavy Cream – 1 tbsp (Optional)
Paneer – 15 – 20 cubes
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Sliced Onion – 1/2
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Tomato – 1/2 medium sized
Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder -1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste
Oil -as needed
Cook spinach and green chillies in little water for 3-4 mts.Drain the water and then make a puree of it.Keep it aside.Dry roast cashews, make a powder of it and reserve.Grind together sliced onion,ginger- garlic paste,tomato and coriander leaves to a smooth paste and save them also for later use.
Heat little oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and allow it to splutter.Now add chopped onion and saute them till transparent.Now add the ground mixture and salt ,and saute them until the raw smell of onion disappears.Mix in red chilly powder,turmeric powder and coriander powder and saute them again for few minutes.Now stir in pureed spinach and cashew powderinto it.Add little water if needed and simmer for 5 minutes.
Heat ghee in another pan and shallow fry paneer cubes till they are lightly browned.Add this fried paneer cubes together with the left over ghee to the prepared palak.You can also add paneer cubes as such,without frying it in ghee.Mix it well and transfer to a serving bowl.Garnish with heavy cream and serve hot.
Same way you can prepare Aloo Palak or Gobi Palak, deep frying aloo or gobi instead of shallow frying paneer cubes.