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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Spinach in cottage cheese[Palak Paneer]- the yummy Indian treat

India is a country known for agriculture/food crops.The first state to observe 'green revolution' was Punjab.Palak Paneer is a wonderful combination , which has an inherent relation with the Punjabi culture as well as the culture of India as such.Indians are so fond of this dish that, they prefer to have palak paneer in processed , packed condition while they stay abroad.One of the main items of processed food export counts to be palak paneer. Such is the popularity and the craze for the taste of paneer. Lets see the method of preparation.

Ingredients: Palak [spinach] (4 bundles , normally the size thats available in the market),Paneer[cottage cheese]350 gms. ,onion grated(2 medium sized), tomatoes(grated 2 medium sized), coriander powder(1 teaspoon), cumin powder(1 teaspoon), turmeric powder(1/2 teaspoon), chilli powder(1 teaspoon), garam masala[a typical indian spice blended with cardamom, black pepper, cloves.

Procedure: Farm fresh spinach leaves once procured from the market has to be washed nicely so as to remove the least sign of dirt present in it.Wash the same in hot water once, so that the bacteria , microscopic worms doesn't leave its harmful effect. Hold the spinach in bundles and chop into smaller pieces. Heat oil (1 teaspoon) in a container and cook the spinach leaves in it. It has to be cooked for 10-15mins. till the leaves get soft. Remove it to a mixer grinder and blend it for 3 mins. till the entire mixture becomes an even, thick paste. Chop the cottage cheese into medium pieces(should appear as cubes) and keep aside.Heat oil in a container and dash tomatoes/onions in it. Cook till they become soft , add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, chilly powder, ginger-garlic paste to it. Mix the entire content with the help of a spatula so that it makes an even texture. Add the paneer to it. Cook well and add garam masala for a mind boggling essence.When the paneer is cooked nicely, add spinach paste to it. Add salt according to taste. Mix the content well so that the cooked ingredients blend evenly to presume a perfect taste. Should be cooked for 5-7 mins. before you turn off the gas. Add a dollop of butter on it for the ultimate taste, mind boggling flavor to it. Remove it and serve in a serving bowl, its ready to romance with your culinary delight.

This dish can be enjoyed with chapatti, tandoori roti, kulcha, naan , butter naan. The favorite item of 'dilkhush punjabi'[cheerful punjabi] is now is your hand.enjoy with your family and friends and be sure to earn the title of 'magic chef'. Bon Appe'tit!

1 comment:

  1. ''One of the main items of processed food export counts to be palak paneer.''
    True to some extent in UK. It tends to be called 'saag paneer', usually floating in oil, if you eat in the so-called Indian restuarants.
    Nice to drool over the 'asli cheez' with your recipe!