Palak paneer is a go to comfort dish for paneer lovers. It is very easy to make, tastes amazing and is a good way to serve little green for picky eaters, especially kids. This way they get the needed protein and iron. Lately my kidos have been digging it. I chop the paneer into smaller bite size pieces so they get panner with each bite and the spinach does not get too much attention. Hey, whatever makes them enjoy a good meal right?
This can be made vegan by replacing the Panner with Tofu. I recommend using the firm tofu so it holds shape and has similar texture. That is the only ingredient that need to be replaced everything else in this recipe is vegan friendly.
I have been in search of that palak paneer flavor that I tasted some 15 years back in some restaurant when I was in Bhopal. There was something distinct about that taste that I am unable to put my finger even today. While with every attempt I try to recreate that taste, even though it seems more unlikely by every passing day, my quest to get there continues….
But that said this version is my standard that never fails.
Palak Paneer | Cottage cheese Spinach dip
Spinach -5-6 cups
Paneer – 1-1/2 cup cubed
Onion – 1-2 medium chopped finely
Tomato – 2 medium chopped finely
Garlic – 3 cloves grated
Ginger – 1 tbs grated
Green chilis – 2-3 nos ( as per taste)
Garam masala – 2 tbs
Water to boil spinach
Cloves – 4 nos
Big Cardamom- 1 nos
Bay leaf – 1-2 small
Jeera – 2 tsp
Oil – 2 tbs
- Boil 2 cups of water and add the spinach to it. Let the spinach cook and reduce. I prefer to add as little water so I don’t have to drain and throw the water.
- Once done set it aside to cool. Grind it to a smooth paste along with the green chilis.
- In a pan heat the oil and add all the dry ingredients. Once the jeera/cumin spatters add in the finely chopped onion to the pan.
- Once onion is cooked add the garlic and ginger paste and the chopped tomato. Let it all cook and mix well.
- Once this mixture cooked add the garam masala, salt and the spinach mix. Let it all come together.
- Fry the cubed paneer to a pan for a min. Don’t over do it as paneer will become very dry.
- If you are adding the tofu add it at this stage.
- Now add in the fried panner to the spinach gravy and cook it for 2-3 mins and turn off the heat.
- Palak paneer is ready to serve.