Lockdown Saviour 2.0: Home Style Palak Paneer

Another lockdown recipe which doubles up for two meals if cooked in a sufficient quantity is Palak paneer.

One can pair it as a subzi with phulkas or mix it with rice turning it into a palak paneer rice dish. It’s easy to make and quite satiating.

Ingredients:

  • Paneer 300gms
  • Palak two medium sized bunches
  • Onions, 2
  • Tomatoes, 2
  • A tbsp. Of filtered groundnut or any cooking oil

For the masala:

  • Whole masalas:
  • Few cloves
  • Few peppercorns
  • A couple of small bay leaves (tejapatta)
  • Jeera
  • A few cardamom pods
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • Cashew, soaked – 6 to 7
  • Ginger, Garlic and Green chilli pounded to a coarse paste
  • Ground/powdered masalas:
  • Dhaniya powder
  • Amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • Kasuri methi
  • Hing
  • Ground mustard powder (a tiny amount)
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste

Method:

  • Cut paneer into cubes and set it aside
  • Keep aside a large-ish piece to grate into the dish once done
  • Blanch the spinach and set it aside
  • Temper all the Dry whole masalas viz. Jeera, Bay leaves, cardamom etc. and then add the ginger, garlic and green chilli paste
  • Add the soaked cashews and sauté for a minute
  • Add the onions and tomatoes and sauté for a few more minutes
  • Add salt and sugar to taste
  • Add the powdered masalas viz. Dhaniya powder, hing, Amchur and sauté the mix until cooked and mushy, this should take a few more minutes
  • Set it aside
  • In a mixer pop in the cooked masala with the blanched spinach with some water and purée it
  • To a hot wok or kadhai transfer the puréed palak masala and add the cubes paneer
  • Check on the salt and sugar
  • Serve with diced onions and a wedge of lime
  • Enjoy with hot phulkas or rice

In Love with Paneer – Part 03 {Super easy paneer grill sandwiches}

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This one was the easiest of the three to put together and quite delicious too. In fact it’s such a no brainer that I am going to go straight to the recipe because I really can’t spin a journey around this one. Except that the otherwise camera shy hubs didn’t want to share any and was more than happy to make it public! ;)

 

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Here’s what one will need:

  • Crushed paneer
  • Grated ginger
  • Finely chopped onions and bell peppers (pick any colour)
  • Finely chopped spring onions
  • Dry mango powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Slices of multigrain bread
  • A grill pan/sandwich maker

Method:

Prepare the paneer stuffing by mixing everything in together. I love getting my hands into the food I make for my husband children and friends because I definitely believe that love and good vibes have a way of transmitting their way into the food we make and serve.

Use the stuffing for toasties, parathas, grill sandwiches, canapés and what not.

Serve warm.