Recipe: Palak Paneer

Spinach with Paneer or Tofu

This is really a good recipe; easy and flavorful

1 pkt Paneer or 1 Pkt Firm Tofu

2 bunches fresh Spinach

5 Cloves

1 stick Cinnamon 

3 Cardamom pods     

1 teaspoon minced fresh Ginger 

½ teaspoon minced Garlic 

1 Onion, chopped

1 Tomato, chopped

½ teaspoon Turmeric

¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon oil

Dash of Pepper and salt

If using Tofu, cut the Tofu into 5 rectangular pieces.  Place on a dish over paper towels and place a heavy weight on them – a heavy pan or another plate weighted down with books – for at least 30 minutes.  This will get the excess water out.  Then cut into cubes.

If using Paneer, cut in small cubes.

Remove stems and wash  Spinach.  In a saucepan, cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.  Do not add any water; the water left on the leaves from washing  the spinach will be enough.

Puree in a blender or food processor.

Heat oil in a pan – fry cloves, cinnamon and cardamom for 1 minute.

Add ginger and garlic and fry for 2 minutes; add onions, tomatoes, turmeric and cayenne pepper and cook on low heat for 5-8 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add pureed spinach and paneer or tofu cubes.  Cook until hot.  Remove cardamom pods before serving.

Serve with rice or flat bread and ENJOY!

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