1 (500 gms) bunch fresh spinach
7 oz (200 gms) of paneer or half block of purchased paneer
5 tablespoon oil (2 tablespoon to fry the paneer and 3 tablespoon for the gravy)
1 cup chopped onion
2 green chilies or to taste
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder or paprika to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 3/4 cup whole milk (or 1/2 cup cream or evaporated milk)
a few chopped cilantro leaves (dhania patta)
Cut the paneer block into slices and lightly fry them on both sides. Cut them into bite size pieces.
Wash and chop the spinach. The spinach can be cut roughly since it is going to be ground later in the blender.
Heat a pan with oil, add the onions and saute it until it turns brown. Add the green chilies and ginger and saute it for a about 30 seconds. One after the other add, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala, after adding each ingredient saute it for 10 seconds, lastly add the chopped garlic and saute it for 10 seconds.
Next add the spinach and cook until it is done takes about 8 to 10 minutes.
After the cooked spinach has cooled grind it with milk. After grinding pour the contents back into the pan add salt and some chopped cilantro leaves and let the spinach gravy come to a boil.
When the spinach gravy has come to a boil add the prepared fried paneer slices and turn the heat off and serve.
This is a very popular dish. Serve with paratha's or any grain. Pulao goes really well with this dish.
Author: Mallika Viswanathan
Category: Vegetarian Recipe