Recipe by MCFALONE
"This Indian dish combines fresh spinach and ricotta in a creamy curry. Use paneer if you can find it! It is absolutely wonderful with basmati rice or naan (Indian flat bread). The key is in the spices, which you can find at an Indian grocery."
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grated fresh ginger root
dried red chile peppers
finely chopped onion
fresh spinach, torn
fresh cilantro leaves
coarse sea salt to taste
I have always enjoyed Palak Panner however a word on Paneer -
Paneer is simple enough tom ake. to a couple of pints of fill cream milk, add the juice of one lemon and heat slowly. The resultant curds can then be lifted and squeezed/pressed to form a cheese. This is in fact the Indian home method of making the paneer.
This isn't perfect. If you're looking for restaurant-quality palak paneer, this is not what you want. It's edible, so I'm giving it three stars. I probably won't make this again, but stick to a restaurant. I used yoghurt instead of sour cream, and I tweaked the spices, but it still just didn't get there. It needs cream and ghee, and I plan to find a recipe that's more authentic. If you do make this, make sure to use paneer... it's easy to make on your own with some whole milk . On the whole, a disappointment.
This recipe is amazing. I did use a bit more of the spices than called for but I usually do! I used some tomato paste instead of a whole tomato and I used chopped frozen spinach instead of fresh. Since the spinach was already chopped I didn't process this in a blender. I had to use Ricotta instead of Paneer but it wasn't difficult to cook. You put it in a skillet on a very low heat, leave it alone until it browns on the bottom and has cooked out a lot of the liquid. The liquid will dissipate faster if you score the cheese in lines so there is a place for the liquid to bubble up through. Once it is browned on the bottom cut between the scores and carefully flip over. It will brown more quickly on the second side. Remove from heat and let it cool completely then cut into cubes. I use a good quality non-stick skillet without using any oil. It worked out well. This recipe is so good. It is going to be one of my staples. Thank you for submitting this!
A staple at our house. I use two 10oz boxes of frozen spinach, 1 cup of plain yogurt instead of the sour cream, leave out the tomato, and practically double the spices (or however much until it tastes spicy enough for me). Sometimes I fry some store-bought frozen paneer, but if I'm short on time I'll just make it without cheese. This dish is well complimented by the butter chickpea curry dish also found on this site.
I had some problems with this recipe. When spinach cooks, it gives off water, so the mixture turned out really watery. I needed to cook the mixture down because of the wateriness, but this decreased the potency of the spices, so I had to add more. Next time, I will either use frozen spinach or precook and drain the spinach. The final product turned out delicious, though, and better the next day.
One of the best vegetarian dishes in my recipe box. I adjusted mine to a lower fat version. First, cook onions in broth/water instead of oil; then I used fat-free sour cream (or fat-free yogurt and buttermilk if you choose); I also skipped the frying of the ricotta and just added skim ricotta to the final product and cooked for a few minutes before serving. Perfect! Thanks to the submitter for a delicious recipe!
This recipe is "complicated" compared to the average recipe (at least in my recipes!) - I would STRONGLY recommend less Turmeric, more tomato, and some desparately needed salt. Also - buying store ready made paneer is DEFINITELY in your best interest. My attempts at "frying" ricotta were haulted when the ricotta simply melted and separated. Maybe I did it wrong, but let me tell you - it was not even close to being browned and able to be cubed like what you can get at the store.
Although this turned out really good with some tweaking, as written, I'm only giving it 3 stars. Why anybody would want to make palak paneer without paneer is beyond me. I also thought it needed a lot more garlic and cumin, and I used 3 medium tomatoes.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Absolutely Perfect Palak Paneer
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 327
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