Saag paneer is a classic Indian dish of cooked spinach mixed with cubes of fried paneer cheese. It is one of the more well known Indian dishes, loved by most! Thickened with cream, it's a hearty and filling vegetarian meal.
Here’s what you need:
1-16oz pkg chopped spinach, frozen
7 oz paneer
good quality oil
1 med onion, minced
1″ piece ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
Water – 2 cups
1 large tomato, or 1 14oz can pureed
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
Red chili powder, to taste
Salt - to taste
½ tsp ground turmeric
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream or to taste
Here’s what you do:
- Cook frozen spinach with 1/4 cup water for about 5 minutes, drain
- Blend cooked spinach to desired texture (avoid over-blending)
- Heat ¼ cup Oil in a large skillet on high heat. Add in the minced onions, stir, cover and cook 10-15 minutes, until caramelized
- Add in the ginger and garlic. Cook for another 2-3 minutes
- Add tomatoes, cover and cook till the oil separates from the mixture
- Stir frequently to prevent burning
- While the onion and tomato mixture is cooking, cube the paneer
- Heat about 2 tsp oil. Brown the paneer cubes on all sides
- Remove from the pan onto paper towel to soak the excess oil.
- Put the Paneer into a bowl of cold water. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Dry roast the cumin and coriander—cool and grind.
- Add cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala to the tomato and onion mixture.
- Salt to taste
- Add the spinach and mix well
- Add in the desired amount of cream. Mix and cook for another few minutes.
- Gently squeeze the water out of the Paneer and add to the spinach.
- Mix gently and serve hot.
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