Palak Paneer is a truly healthy and nutritious side dish that you can prepare easily at home. I love paneer very much. But unfortunately I am the only one who loves paneer at home. So every time I make paneer dishes at home I’ve to give lecture on its goodness and health benefits. Palak or spinach is also very nutritious. We often make it a part of our meal. And my idea of relating spinach to long beautiful shiny hair and beautiful nails, often works for Tanu 😉
So this time when I made palak paneer my Mother too got a chance to taste it. And she liked it too. We ate it happily. Every time I make palak paneer I realise how easy and simple it is. It doesn’t take much time. But you get a beautiful colored lovely side dish. And it is super healthy too.
Last time when I made Aloo palak (spinach gravy with potatoes) I was a bit disappointed to see that the fresh lovely green color changed when the curry was made finally. So I thought of doing some research on how to retain the beautiful green color of palak after cooking. One of the ideas that I got while browsing was to add a tbsp of sugar to the curry (which actually I forgot this time). Another way was to transfer the blanched spinach leaves to ice bath, or a tumbler of ice cold water. This is what I tried while making this palak paneer. And I guess, it has worked because I just loved the final color of the dish! And one more point to remember is that, covering the pan with lid when palak is cooking might change its color too. So while cooking keep the pan opened.
So take a quick look on how to make this gorgeous palak paneer. First wash and clean the spinach. Then boil about 3-4 cups of water. Add about 1 tsp salt to it. When the water boils, add the cleaned spinach to the water and allow to boil for about 1 minute. Meanwhile prepare a water bath of ice cold water. First remove the spinach from hot water and drain it in a sieve. Then immediately transfer it to the ice cold water. This helps spinach to retain most of its bright green lovely color. After about 30 seconds, again drain the excess water.
Next grind spinach and green chilies well to form a smooth puree. Keep it aside. Then heat oil in a pan. Splutter cumin seeds. Next add the chopped onions and saute until it turns soft and pink. Next add the crushed garlic and ginger and saute until the raw smell goes off. Then add the prepared spinach puree and allow to boil. Once it boils, add the paneer cubes and salt. Mix gently, without breaking the paneer cubes. Add 2 tbsp water if the gravy looks too thick. Cook uncovered for 2-3 minutes. Covering the pan might change the color of spinach. Next add lemon juice and mix. Switch the flame off. Garnish with fresh cream. Serve hot with roti or naan.
So isn’t this recipe of palak paneer easy and simple? Why not try it then. And don’t forget to take care of the tips to retain the lovely green color of spinach. I hope you would like it too.
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