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Easy Palak Paneer

I used to think that palak paneer was some sort of magical meal I could only get at a proper Indian restaurant. I never imagined that I could make this incredibly delicious vegetarian meal at home in very little time and with so little effort. I’m not sure why I used to think this meal would be so difficult to get “just right,” but after many rounds of practice (and admittedly, some failures), I think I’ve got it! 

This recipe for palak paneer includes a subtle blend of decidedly-Indian spices, fresh, bright green spinach, salty paneer, and plenty of flavor-boosting add-ins, like onions, tomatoes, garlic, and ginger. All of these items married together make the most yummy meal that leaves behind just enough sauce to soak up with some fresh naan. Yes, please. 

Ingredients:

6 cups of fresh spinach leaves

3 Tbsp. butter or ghee

2 small onions, pureed

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 inch piece of ginger, minced

2 tomatoes, pureed

1 tsp. cumin seeds

2 tsp. coriander

2 tsp. garam masala

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 c. paneer, cut into cubes

Salt to taste

1 Tbsp. heavy cream

Boil water in a large pot. Add the spinach leaves and blanch for one minute, or until the leaves are soft and bright green. Remove the spinach and drain. Then, puree the spinach in a food processor until it is smooth. Set the spinach aside in a bowl.

Puree the onions in a food processor and set aside in a bowl. Puree the tomatoes and set aside in a bowl. 

Heat the butter or ghee in a large skillet and add the cumin seeds. Add the pureed onions and cook, stirring frequently, until they are lightly browned. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for one more minute. 

Add the pureed tomatoes, coriander, garam masala, cumin, and cayenne. Stir and simmer on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the pureed spinach and stir to combine. Season with salt to taste. Then, add the cubed paneer and cook until it is soft, about 2-3 minutes. 

Remove from the heat and stir in the heavy cream. 

Serve with basmati rice, naan, and additional heavy cream, drizzled on top, if desired. 

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