What’s Cookin? Fresh Fare Friday October 12: Indian Fresh Spinach With Paneer Cheese (Palak Paneer)

What is Fresh Fare Friday? By the end of the week, I’m usually craving something light, a little on the healthier side, and easy to prepare. I’ll try to pick out my favorite recipes, featuring fewer ingredients, fresh from the market. Not strictly vegetarian, but leaning that way.

Oh, and enjoy!


1 large onion
2 (5 ounce) bags baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces paneer cheese cut into cubes


Cut the spinach into shreds and cook in 3 tablespoons water until it gets tender; remove from heat. Saute the onion, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger in 1-2 tablespoons ghee or oil until the onion is translucent. After this add garlic, chopped tomatoes and reduce the heat. Cook this briefly and slowly blend in yogurt a little at a time to prevent curdling. Add coriander, garam masala, paprika, and salt, mixing them well. Add the cooked spinach with liquid, cover it and simmer on low heat for approximately 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat. Take half of the spinach mixture and puree it in a food processor or blender, then return it to the mixture and stir. Slowly stir in heavy cream, and heat through on low heat. Add some paneer cubes. Serve.

Source: EasyIndianRecipes

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