Palak Paneer

Tender paneer cubes dunked in a luscious green and velvety spinach gravy.  It is a popular vegetarian dish in restaurants, usually prepared using loads of cream. Enjoy preparing healthy version of this dish at home without compromising on taste.

Time: 30 minutes

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Serves: 4

Palak Paneer
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Ingredients

  1. 500g washed spinach
  2. 200g paneer (cubed)
  3. 2 tablespoons Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram)
  4. 1 large onion, finely chopped
  5. 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  6. 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  7. 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  8. 1 tablespoon finely chopped green chillies or to taste
  9. 2 tablespoons oil
  10. Salt to taste

Method

  1. Combine chana dal with half cup of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook on high heat for 4 whistles and then on low heat for 5-7 minutes. Let the steam escape before opening the lid of the pressure cooker.
  2. Add the washed spinach leaves to the cooked chana dal and cook for 1-2 minutes until the spinach leaves get wilted. Keep it aside to let it cool. Once cooled, blend it into a smooth paste with the help of a hand blender. Add little water before blending if required.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic and onions and saute till they turn golden brown in colour. Add chopped tomatoes, ginger, green chillies and salt . Cook on high heat stirring continuously till the mixture leaves oil.
  4. Add the blended spinach and paneer cubes. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with roti or naan.

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