• Nupur Bhattacharya

Palak Paneer Recipe/Cottage Cheese in Spinach Gravy/Saag Paneer/Indian Spinach and Paneer

Updated: Dec 30, 2020


Soft pieces of Paneer (cottage cheese) in a smooth creamy gravy. Traditionally the gravy is made from Spinach but I have incorporated Coriander leaves, Green Peas and Kasuri methi in it, which makes it healthier and much tastier! This recipe is the highlight of every dinner party I have and you'll surely keep your friends guessing what ingredients went into it 😉



Ingredients 

Yield: 4-5 servings


Paneer (Cottage cheese) cut in small cubes... 500 g

Fresh Spinach leaves… 3 cups

Coriander leaves… 1 cup

Green peas (fresh or frozen)...1/2 cup Green chillies... 3 or to taste

Onions (finely chopped)... 3 tablespoons

Garlic (crushed)... 1 tablespoon

Tomatoes (finely chopped)… 4 tablespoons

Whole milk… 1/2 cup

Heavy cream… 1/4 cup

Fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)... 1 tablespoon

Cumin seeds… 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala… 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon sticks… 2, 1 inch long pieces

Fresh lime juice… 2 teaspoons

Salt to taste


Method
  • Add 3 tablespoons of oil to a pan set on low heat

  • Add spinach leaves and peas (I used frozen peas)

  • Sprinkle half a teaspoon of salt and mix well

  • Place the lid on and cook till all the spinach wilts (this will take approximately 2 minutes)

  • Give it a mix, cover again, and let it cook for 2 more minutes

  • Stir fry on low heat for approximately 2 minutes

  • Transfer everything to a blender jar.

  • To the same blender jar add coriander leaves, pour milk, add green chillies and blend it to a smooth paste

  • Keep the paste aside

  • To the same pan add approximately 2 tablespoons of oil

  • Add cumin seeds and cinnamon sticks

  • Once the cumin seeds splutter, add onions and half a teaspoon of salt

  • Stir till the onions turn translucent (this will take approximately 2 minutes)

  • Add crushed garlic and stir for approximately one minute

  • Add tomatoes

  • Mix well and place the lid on

  • Cook for approximately 2 minutes till the tomatoes get soft and mushy

  • Give it a quick stir and place the lid on once again

  • Cook for 3 more minutes.The tomatoes should be totally soft by now

  • Stir fry the mix for approximately 2 minutes

  • Reduce the heat to low and add the spinach-pea paste

  • Mix well, add salt to taste and fresh lime juice

  • Add crushed Kasuri Methi. (you can crush the Kasuri Methi in between your palms)

  • Add Garam masala, paneer pieces mix thoroughly

  • Please the lid on and let it cook for approximately 2 minutes

  • Give it a quick stir

  • Add heavy whipping cream and mix well

Done!



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