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Healthy Recipe: Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer ( Spinach with Indian Cottage Cheese)

Palak paneer is a popular North Indian curry made of creamy spinach and soft Indian cottage cheese.  A great choice for vegetarians, it is rich in iron and offers a good dose of protein as well.

Ingredients for 4 Servings

  • Spinach leaves- 2 bunches
  • Indian Cottage Cheese-1 block (available at Indian grocery stores)
  • Garlic -3 cloves (chopped finely)
  • Tomato-2 medium sized (chopped)
  • Onion- 1 medium sized (chopped)
  • Cumin seeds-1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder -1 tsp
  • Coriander powder-1 tsp
  • Cardamom-1 pod
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar- A pinch
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Cream (optional)

Instructions

  • Trim the spinach leaves. Cut off the stems at the back
  • Take the spinach leaves and wash them thoroughly under running water. Be sure to remove the soil and impurities.
  • Boil water. Add a pinch of salt and sugar. Blanch spinach for 1 minute until wilted.
  • Grind the spinach leaves in a blender to a fine consistency.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds until they sizzle. Now add 1 pod of cardamom. Add chopped onion. Sauté until they turn to a nice golden color. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add chopped tomatoes, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and keep stirring till the tomatoes are reduced to a pulp consistency. If the mixture is too dry, add some cold water. Sauté for couple of minutes. To lower the fat content of the dish, one can make homemade cottage cheese made from 1% milk. Add spinach puree, stir lightly and cover for 2 minutes. Now add cubed paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and let it cook for 5-10 minutes.
  • If you desire a restaurant style taste; add cream on top.
  • Palak paneer can be served with chappati, rice or nan.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: ½ cup will provide 160 kcals, 12 grams of fat and 9 grams of carb and 6 grams of protein.
  • Spinach is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, fiber and is a good source of iron for people on a vegetarian diet.