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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Palak Paneer (Spinach-Cottage Cheese) in Coconut Milk


          Palak Paneer in general is a very popular dish on an Indian platter. It is a wholesome and a nutritious preparation of cottage cheese and spinach. But today I gave a twist and added some coconut milk. It turned out really delicious. It can be relished with either plain steamed rice, pulao, plain biryani, naan, tandoori roti or chapatti. So go ahead and prepare this very delectable dish in a new avatar by following a step by step method with pictures.








  • 1 cup paneer cubes
  • 2 bunches palak (spinach), chopped
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 green cardamoms
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 mace
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp. garlic, grated
  • 1 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. roasted coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sprig curry leaves






          Pan fry the chopped spinach till dry. Keep aside. Heat oil in the same pan and temper with cumin seeds, bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and mace. Saute for a few seconds.

          Add the onion, ginger, garlic and green chilies. Fry till light brown. Now add all the dry spices (except garam masala). Mix everything well.

          Add the tomato paste, spinach, coconut milk, curry leaves, paneer cubes, garam masala powder and 1/2 cup water. Give it a stir and cover.

          Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame and transfer to a serving dish. Serve as a side dish with either plain steamed rice, pulao, plain biryani, naan, tandoori roti or chapatti.




                               Pan fry the chopped spinach till dry. Keep aside. 




                  Heat oil in the same pan and temper with cumin seeds, bay leaves, cinnamon,                                   cardamoms, cloves and mace. Saute for a few seconds.



                        Add the onion, ginger, garlic and green chilies. Fry till light brown. 





                   Now add all the dry spices (except garam masala). Mix everything well.




                              Add the tomato paste followed by the......




                                spinach, 




                               coconut milk, 1/2 cup water, garam masala powder, 




                               paneer cubes and curry leaves. Give it a stir and cover.




                                Simmer for 2-3 minutes.




                  Serve as a side dish with either plain steamed rice, pulao, plain biryani, naan, 
                  tandoori roti or chapatti.











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