Saturday, March 17, 2007

(cheater) Palak Paneer

(adapted from

1-2 bags of prewashed spinach, roughly chopped
1 box paneer, cubed
3 Tbsp butter
1 onion, minced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
2 cloves minced garlic
1 lobe minced ginger or 1/4 tsp ginger
salt to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp green chili paste (I didn't have this, nor can of green chiles in the house, so I used a Tbsp of salsa verde - I know it's a weird choice, but the spices were pretty complementary with the Indian flavors)
1 tsp garam masala
vegetable oil

Steam spinach until tender. (The recipe says to put it in the blender after steaming which I will do next time because I used my stick blender on the whole mixture at the end and it was ok, but the texture wasn't quite smooth enough for me.)

In one frying pan, heat oil and fry cheese cubes until just golden on one or two sides. When done, remove from heat and place on paper towel to drain.

In another pan, melt butter, then add cumin seeds and bay leaf. After 2-3 minutes, add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic and ginger and saute 1-2 more minutes. Add salsa, salt, pepper and garam masala.

Fold cooked spinach into mixture. Stir in paneer cubes.

Serve hot with rice.


gwen1234 said...

Where did you buy the paneer, my favorite cheater? Do they have it at TJ's or Whole Foods, or do we need to trek to the Indian market for it?

hefk said...

I bought it at Whole Foods. It was not cheap - 5 or 6 bucks if I remember. I used a little more than half the block that night to feed 4 adults and the rest about 2 weeks later. At that point, I had to cut off the blue fuzzy parts, but I wasn't about to throw away 3 bucks worth of cheese, you know? Also, since you heat it up, I hoped I'd kill any remaining grossness.