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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Healthy Palak Paneer : The Spinach Recipe

Hi All,
Today's blog post is about my favorite recipe. Its is my favorite because...
1) Its very easy to prepare.
2) Its very healthy (as the title suggests) - no spices at all.
3) I love fresh cottage cheese (Paneer) a lot. I dont like the frozen or fried paneer cubes.
4) The same recipe can be easily converted into a soup with only two alterations.

Spinach leaves

So lets begin. 


Ingredients:
-Spinach                     : roughly chopped 2-3 cups full
-Onions                      : 2 medium size
-Green peas                : 100 gms
-Oil                           : 1 teaspoon
-Fresh Cottage Cheese : 150-200 grams
-Sugar and salt to taste

You can change the quantity of the ingredients as per your taste.

Pre Cooking Prep:

-Soak the Spinach leaves in salt water for 20-30 minutes to get rid of mud and impurities. Drain the leaves and then chop them roughly. 
-Wash and large dice cottage cheese.
-Large dice onions.

Large diced onions


Method:
1) Boil or pressure cook chopped Spinach leaves + diced Onions + green Peas (S O P) till its wilted.

Boiled till wilted

2) Drain the S O P and don't throw away the stock. We will use it later.
3) Cool the S O P and blend it to a paste/puree. While blending use the stock (not all of it, but as per the consistency you desire).  
4) In a wok heat oil. And then add this S O P puree. 

Simmering pureed Spinach+Onions+Peas

5) Let the puree simmer and cook it well. Add a pinch of sugar, let it simmer some more and then add salt as per your taste. Simmer it again. 
6) If you feel the gravy has become too thick you can add the remaining stock (again as per the required consistency) and simmer it or bring the mixture to a boil.  
7) Add some cubes of fresh cottage cheese.

ITS READY...

HEALTHY PALAK PANEER    
Serve it HOT...



TIP
-For a change: Instead of adding cubed cottage cheese, add loose/fragmented cottage cheese. The gravy tastes yummy this way too. Fragmented cottage cheese tends to thicken the gravy. 

-The soup can be made in the same way with two alteration which are:
 1)Just don't add any cottage cheese in the end. 
 2)Add lots of stock after the puree has simmered well. Bring the simmered puree + stock to a bubbling boil. Serve it hot.

27 comments:

  1. Yum yum! Slurp! .. sorry for those - but my mouth is watering! Will definitely try to make this, though my culinary skills are not that great :(

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    1. Heehee..
      My culinary skills are limited too. So am always looking out for n asking for simple and easy recipes.
      Hope you will enjoy making this one.
      : )

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  2. Looks easy and interesting..will let u know when i make it.
    You Sugran Blogger. ;)

    Aditi
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  3. You have added so less oil..good :)

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  4. looks like an easy recipe.. and so yumm too

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  5. delicious

    Bon Apetit

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  6. Oh, what a wunderful recipe! I like spinach, too, to be hones very very much :)

    Thanks for following - it´s a pleasure for me that I already followed you back on gfc and bloglovin <3

    xx
    Rena
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  7. I love such healthy food)))) Great pictures as well! Followed you here, hope you can do same;)
    Have a fabulous time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra
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  8. I love it:)

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  9. Im vegan and loved your recipe!

    Would you like to follow each other?
    Let me know :)

    xoxo
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  10. looks delish!
    following you now. Hope you can do the same :)
    Thanks! :)

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  11. Looks tasty! :)


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  12. This sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. what a nice post, dear!! wonderful blog.
    wondering if you wanna follow each other? check out my blog and let me know.
    have a nice day, best wishes,
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  14. Looks Yum...we make this too at home but don't add the peas...makes much difference? Will try out next time!
    ~Shreya
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  15. That is awesome..simple and healthy <3

    love
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