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RESTAURANT STYLE PALAK PANEER - INDIAN CHEESE SIMMERED IN AROMATIC SPINACH SAUCE(VERSION II) !!!

Palak paneer is a tasty restaurant dish which is famous throughout India and Pakistan.  It has Palak (Spinach) and Paneer which is Indian farmer's cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar or any other food acids.  This is basically thick curry sauce based on pureed spinach which is very aromatic.  It is absolutely heavenly when the cheese is simmered in the sauce and served with dollop of butter.  

It is a popular vegetarian dish and is mainly served with any Indian breads, pilaf/pulao or plain steamed Basmati rice.  It is very nutritious; I make it very often by substituting Paneer with Aloo (potato), Channa (Garbanzo), Baby corn or grilled corn kernels.  I do Spinach sauce in two ways one is by adding tomato to the Curry and another is without tomato.  When I am making it without tomato, to get the sour taste I add Amchoor powder (Dry Mango powder) along with lemon or lemon along with yogurt.  Either way it tastes very very delicious.




 


I have also posted the Palak Gravy with Grilled corn in which you can substitute corn with paneer to enjoy creamy and delicious Palak paneer (Version I with tomato).  

*  GRILLED CORN PALAK

Since I have posted this version already, I wanted to post the Palak Paneer Version II which has no tomato.

Do try both the versions and I am sure you will love Palak paneer both the ways :) Enjoy it with hot bread or rice.

Read my notes if you are in the mood to substitute the cream with Yogurt and Milk :)  This is a best way to eat Spinach for Kids/Adults who don’t eat or like Spinach.  Enjoy the restaurant style Palak paneer at home!!!!

PALAK PANEER (version II)





Ingredients:



Serves 2 or 3

Spinach - 200 Gm
Paneer - 225 Gm (cut to cubes)
Green chillies - 3 or 4
Cilantro - 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Roasted cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Amchoor powder - 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1 (chopped finely)
Garlic - 4 pod
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Cream - 1/4 cup (You can also substitute with 1/2 cup whole milk as well)
Dry Fenugreek Leaves(Kasoori Methi) - 1 tsp
Salt - as needed
Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp

Cut the Paneer in to cubes and put them in hot water.  Let them be in hot water until you add them to the sauce/gravy.  This process makes the paneer very soft and it just melts in the mouth.








Method:

1. Wash the spinach couple of times. Drain and keep it aside.
2. Sauté in the pan until they wilt (it takes a minute or so) or Microwave for 1 minute until it gets wilted. (make paste out of wilted spinach,coriander and green chilli after masala mixture is ready)




3. Make ginger and garlic paste.
4. Heat oil in the pan, add the whole cumin once.
5. After the cumin stops spluttering, add Onion and sauté till they are slight golden brown.



6. Add the ginger and garlic paste, sauté till the raw aroma disappears.
7. Now add the coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and turmeric powder.




8. Once they are blended well, add the Kasoori Methi by crushing in the middle of your palm.





9. Now grind the wilted spinach, coriander leaves and green chillies to into very smooth paste.
10. Now add the spinach puree to the masala mixture. Add little sugar to retain the green color of the mixture.
11. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water and required salt.
12. Now add the cream, mix everything well and let it come to a boil. (Do not cook for long time; it only takes couple of minutes) 


 





13. Now remove the paneer from the hot water, gently squeeze to remove extra water and add to the spinach mixture.
14. Mix slightly until the paneer is coated well with the spinach sauce.  Switch of the flame.
15. Add the butter and  tsp of lemon juice.


 


Serve it hot with your favorite bread, Steamed basmati rice or any pilaf/Pulao....








 


Note:

1. Grind the spinach puree just before adding to the masala mixture, to retain the vibrant Green color.
2. Add the amount of lemon juice according to your sourness level.
3. Add the Lemon juice after switching off the flame, to enjoy the freshness.
4. You can substitute cream with thick yogurt.  If you do so, use 3 tbsp of thick yogurt and 2 tbsp of whole milk.  If you are adding Yogurt follow these steps..
     * Yogurt has to be added before the spinach puree is added to the masala mixture. 
     * Mix the masala mixture and yogurt, let them blend well and come to a boil. 
     * Now add the spinach puree and follow the other steps. 
     * Add the milk only after you switch off the flame. 
     * Mix everything until they are blended well. Then follow the steps from 13 to 15.
5. If you are calorie conscious you can always substitute cream with yogurt and Milk, also reduce the butter by 1/2 tbsp.

6. You can also add black salt instead of amchoor powder to get a dhaba taste palak paneer.

revathi  – (September 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM)  

I can eat this off the screen.. You know, I often gaze at your photographs forgetting the recipe.. Palak paneer looks awesome Pavi and I do want to try the version without the tomato..:))
Keep up the good work girl as you rock , big time in food styling and photography..:))
Yay..!! I am the first one to comment..
Reva

Namitha  – (September 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM)  

One of my favorites :) Lovely pictures as always and I love that spoon ;) My method is almost the same,though it hasn't made to my blog yet. I add yogurt too, when I don't have cream at home :)

Anu Nandu  – (September 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM)  

Gorgeous Palak Paneer Pavithra! Its been a long time since I made some and you are inspiring me to do this soon.

An Open Book  – (September 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM)  

palak paneer never turns out right for me:( this looks super yum and i love that recipe card

Prathima Rao  – (September 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM)  

Cant stop drooling & I have just had my dinner!!! Simply delicious & creamy palak paneer..I had posted my moms version sometime back in my blog..
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lata raja  – (September 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM)  

Both versions look very inviting.It has been a while that I made any recipe with paneer. Now you have made me want to try some.

Roha Khan  – (September 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM)  

Hi,

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Veena Theagarajan  – (September 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM)  

Lovely pic it is amazing.. Love the color of it.. Can I have it for my dinner

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VineelaSiva  – (September 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM)  

The curry looks very nice.Best for roti.

Shabitha Karthikeyan  – (September 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM)  

Lovely dish !! Love the spoon and your pictures.

Latha  – (September 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM)  

Awesome pics....palak paneer looks yumm.

Anamika Sharma  – (September 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM)  

First time here and really liked your space, lovely recipe..may fav too :)

Sudha Sabarish  – (September 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM)  

Delicious palak paneer and very useful notes.

APARNARAJESHKUMAR  – (September 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM)  

you are tempting :) loved the new blog style :) small spoon reminds me the temple

Chitra  – (September 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM)  

I too posted this recently.. Lovely clicks :)

Hamaree Rasoi  – (September 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM)  

Delicious and mouthwatering palak paneer. A stuuner dish. Wish I was there when you were preparing it.Lovely recipe.
Deepa

Priya  – (September 13, 2012 at 7:03 AM)  

Such a fantastic palak paneer,cant take my eyes from ur clicks as usual Pavi.

Prathibha  – (September 13, 2012 at 7:38 AM)  

Lovely clicks wid my favorite palak paneer..even I make very similarly and I never use tomatoes in palak paneer

Shweta in the Kitchen  – (September 14, 2012 at 12:15 AM)  

Delicious, planning to make it this weekend

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www.carbohealth.com  – (April 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM)  

Leafy spinach offers excellent health benefits especially to the kid’s health. Say your kids Benefits of Spinach in an interesting way. Let them know its goodness to the health.

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