Monday, February 11, 2013

The Quicker Palak Paneer - Spinach and Indian Cheese Curry

Though I've not been posting here on the Project Fifty-2 for the past three weeks, I have been doing good with that. The theme for one week was "nonsense" and I had a blast writing a totally nonsensical poem (looks like there's a hidden poetess in me after all! haha :) The other themes were "people watching"  and a picture collage challenge. Check, check. So far so good.

Palak Paneer is a family favorite and I use it to sneak in other veggies for the kids. I often use diced carrots in the pressure cooking and pureé stage and no one knows. Except me, that is ..hehe haha.. :) M has always been good with veggies in the raw form. She is the types who eats the bed of spinach while we ate the fried stuff that sat on it.  And snacking on carrot and celery sticks are her favorite. But S, though has gotten better, does not want to see vegetables and will pick them to keep aside. Spinach does a good job of camouflaging veggies. So do try that. You could use boiled and thickly diced potatoes in place of paneer, for Aloo Palak or you could try this other version of Aloo Palak instead.


1 10 oz packet frozen spinach (or 2 large bunches, washed and coarsely chopped)
1/2 cup paneer, diced and lightly sautéd in oil (or boiled and diced potatoes for Aloo Palak)
1 medium onion, quartered
1 medium tomato, quartered
4 large pods garlic
1 tbsp grated ginger
3-4 green chilies
1/4 cup milk or 2 tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste

1 tbsp oil
whole garam masala (3 cloves, 2 small pieces cinnamon, 2 pods cardamom)
2 pods garlic, crushed and chopped
1/2 tsp cumin seeds


In a pressure pan, combine spinach, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and green chilies. Add 1/2 cup water and cook for one whistle. (Note - no need to defrost, if using frozen spinach)
When cool, grind to a smooth paste.
Heat oil in a pan and make the tadka. Add the pureéd spinach and all the remaining ingredients, adding paneer last, and mix well.
Bring to a boil. Serve with rotis or phulkas.


Arthy Suman said...

Green is always healthy....have never tried this....looks so yumm....

divya said...

Marvelous recipe!!!Looks delish!!

Veena Theagarajan said...

looks good.. Sometime I do this way also..

Radhika@foodfor7stages said...

Oh yes, Project fifty two is total fun. Love being part of it. I have been wondering how to sneak in veggies in to my toddlers food and this is one fab idea. And palak paneer is our family favorite too.

Leena said...

Always my fav..yours looks perfect n yummy

Swati Raman Garg said...

palak paneer can never go wrong na... all my frens and family knows that theres just one thing swati will order when out and that is palak paneer :D

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Hmm yummy i too make it similar way...nice dish

Kichu Khonn said...

I have tried this once by boiling everything ... never thought of pressure cooking. Love that consistency. :-)

Uj said...

Palak Paneer is my all time favourite... I prefer making this at home than having them at restaurants where they make them with lots of cream and butter... Love your version of making it in pressure cooker!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

So your hidden talent came in light via that task :-)
My most reliable recipe is palak paneer..Like your step of pressure cooker way...

Vani said...

Thanks, all!