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Coming to the palak paneer recipe, I have experimented a lot on this. I was somehow not able to get the taste that matches the restaurant style. Now after loads of trial & errors, I can say I make pretty decent palak paneer. Thanks to my friends who have provided numerous tips.
Preparation time: 15mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Spinach: 250gms (Big bunch) or blanched & pureed spinach: 2 cups
Paneer/Cottage cheese: 1 cup (Chopped into 1 inch cubes)
Tomato puree: 3/4 cup or 2 medium tomatoes deskinned & pureed.
Onion: 1 big (finely chopped or onion paste)
Ginger-garlic paste: 1 tsp
Whipping cream: 1/2 cup
Red chilli powder: 1 tsp
Garam masala: 1 tsp
Cumin seed powder: 1 big pinch
Butter/Oil: 1 tbsp
Salt: According to taste
Blanch the spinach, puree the spinach & keep it aside.
Heat butter/oil in a broad pan. When butter is hot, add the paneer & saute them till slight brown on the edges.
Drain the paneer on a tissue & soak the paneer in water for 5 mins.
To the same pan, add finely minced onion & saute till the raw smell of the onions vanish.
Add the ginger-garlic paste & saute again for another 2-3mins.
Pour in the tomato puree, salt, red chilli powder, cumin seed powder & allow the puree to cook well on a medium heat for 8-10mins.
The puree will thicken, leaves the edge of the pan & oozes out oil. At this stage, add the pureed spinach, cream & mix well. Allow this gravy to cook for another 3-5mins.
Add the garam masala, soaked paneer cubes & mix well. Cook on a medium heat for another 5 mins.
Turn off the heat. Serve it hot with plain parathas, chapathi or any Indian bread.