Palak (Spinach) Paneer
- 1 10 oz package of chopped frozen spinach or 4 cups of fresh finally chopped spinach
- 1/3 lb paneer
- 2 medium tomatoes, pureed
- 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
- Pinch of hing or asafetida
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons of whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tomato thinly sliced to garnish
- 1/4 cup water
If using frozen spinach thaw and blend it just for a minute so spinach has a creamy texture but without becoming pasty.
Mix ginger, coriander powder, turmeric, and red chili powder with tomato puree and put aside.
Mix whole-wheat flour with heavy cream and put aside.
Cube the paneer in about half inch pieces and deep fry them on medium high heat just for few minutes so paneer become very light gold in color, take paneer out on paper towel so extra oil can be absorbed.
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away it is ready. When oil is hot add hing and cumin seed. After cumin seeds crack, add the tomato puree mixture, and let it cook for a few minutes until you see tomato puree has started leaving the oil. Now add the spinach, and let it cook on low medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add heavy cream mixture and let this cook another four to five minutes.
Add paneer and fold it gently with spinach and let it simmer for a few minutes. Pot should remain covered until the cooking is finished, otherwise the spinach will splatter. Transfer the spinach to a serving dish and spread the tomato slices over the top, then cover the dish so tomato slices get tender with the steam from the spinach.
You can replace the heavy cream with 1 1/2 cups of milk.