palak paneer, how to make palak paneer

Palak Paneer is the most popular dish of North India. Nutritious spinach with cottage cheese, it is a delicious main course dish.  This dish goes well with roti, paratha, naan etc. Most of the recipes use blanched method to cook the spinach but here I am going to share my recipe to cook spinach in pressure cooker without water. So, lets get started.

Ingredients

  • 8 o.z. palak (Spinach)
  • 8-10 o.z. paneer (Cottage Cheese)
  • 2 tablespoon desi ghee (Clarified Butter)
  •  1  chopped onion
  • 6-7  chopped garlic cloves
  • 1   Inch chopped  ginger root
  • 2-3   chopped  green chillies
  • 2  crushed tomatoes
  • 2  tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilly powder
  • Salt to taste

Directions

Put your washed spinach in pressure cooker and add salt to taste. Cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook it. You don’t need to wait for whistle to come. Only wait until cooker filled with steam and ready for whistle.But we will switch of the flame before whistle comes. Wait for 2 minutes and put the pressure cooker under running water to remove the excess steam. Now transfer the spinach to a bowl for cooling. Make a paste of spinach in blender when it cools down. Keep it aside.

Now in a pan we will make its tadka. Heat pan and add desi ghee. Now add onions and cook until golden brown.

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Now add ginger, garlic and green chillies. Mix it well.

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Stir for 3-5 minutes. Now add crushed tomatoes and puree. Stir it well and add red chilly powder.

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Cook the tadka till it started leaving ghee. Now add your spinach paste and mix it well. Stir on medium flame for few minutes.

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Shallow fry paneer. It’s totally optional you can add paneer without frying also.Add paneer cubes to it and mix it well. Stir it for 2-3 minutes and switch of the flame.

 

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Serve it hot with roti, paratha, poori or naan.

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