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Palak paneer-a north indian food

palak paneer

palak paneer


1- 2 medium sized onion, finely chopped
2- 1 big tomato, chopped
3-5/6 garlic, finely chopped
4-1 tsp cumin seeds
5-1/4 tsp turmeric powder
6-1 tsp red chili powder
7-1/2 tsp garam masala powder
8-1 bay leaf
9-250 gms paneer
10-2 tbsp cream
11-3 tbsp oil
12-1 tsp kasuri methi leaves
13-salt as required
14-water as required
15-a few teaspoons of cream/butter for topping the palak paneer
16-1 bunch fresh spinach/palak
17-1 or 2 green chilies, chopped
18-1/2 inch ginger, roughly chopped
19-2/3 red chilies

Rinse the spinach very wall in water,boil water in a pan with some salt,switch off the fire and add the spinach leaves in the hot water,close with a lid and let the spinach leaves sit in the water for 2-3 mins,drain and immediately add the leaves in a pan or bowl containing ice cold water.This helps in preserving the green color of the spinach.Drain and then puree the spinach in a blender or hand blender with ginger, garlic and green chilies.make a smooth puree.Then,heat oil in a pan.Fry the cumin first,then add the bay leaves and onions.Fry till the onions become browned.Now add the garlic and tomatoes.Fry till the tomatoes become soft.Add the turmeric powder, red chili powder,stir and fry for some seconds,add the spinach puree,add some water if required.Simmer for 6-7 minutes or more till the spinach is cooked.Lastly add salt and garam masala,stir and add the paneer cubes.cook the gravy till the paneer cubes become soft and succulent.
add cream and stir.simmer for 30 seconds or a minute,at this stage you can also add some crushed kasuri methi leaves.stir and also u can put red chilies for a nice look.Then serve the palak paneer hot with some rotis, naan or jeera rice.

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