Friday, August 20, 2010

Palak Paneer

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I'm Popeye the Sailor Man,
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.

I love the cartoon series as well as spinach :) It used to be too inspiring to see Popeye growing into a macho man after gulping his can of spinach. So I'm going to grow stronger with it too :)

Palak becomes yummier with the addition of paneer to it :) Some cheese and fresh cream topping makes it richy rich :) Forget your weight gaining sins and freak out with this delicacy.

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Spinach(Palak) - 2 bunches
Moong Dhall - 1 tblsp
Tomatoes - 2
Onions - 2
Garlic - 10 pods
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Green Chillies - 2
Finely chopped onion - 1 tblsp
Dhaniya powder - 1 tblsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - for taste
Garam masala - for taste
Aam chur powder(Raw mango powder) - for taste
Salt - for taste
Paneer cubes - 250 gms
Grated cheese - 1 tbl sp
Fresh cream - 1 tbl sp(optional)

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All thanks to Latha aunty for the very cute Ghana Mask :) Love it :)


Chop palak finely and cook it along with moong dhall in the pressure cooker adding some water to it.

Chop onions and tomatoes roughly and peel garlic. Now heat 1 tblsp of oil in a pan and add garlic, chopped onions and tomatoes and fry for few minutes. Allow it to cool and grind it along with the cooked dhall and palak.

Take a few tsps of oil in a shallow pan and temper cumin seeds. Fry slit chillies and finely cut onions just for a minute. Add dhania powder and fry for a second, then pour ground mixture with enough chilly powder, garam masala, aam chur powder,salt and sugar. Add enough water to make gravy. Allow it to boil in a medium flame, stirring now and then. When the gravy turns thick enough, gently mix in the fresh paneer cubes.

Remove from fire and pour it into a baking dish and sprinkle the grated cheese on top and microwave for two minutes till the cheese melts.

Serve garnished with fresh cream on top.

Creamy palak paneer is ready to eat :)

Enjoy the exotic delicacy with roti, chapathi or any India bread :)

Happy making :)

Palak Paneer


Keep the salt level a little low in the gravy since the cheese that is added at the end contains salt too.

Hotel versions skip the use of moong dhall and hence it is optional.

You can serve finely cut onions and a slice of lemon along with it.

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I am happy to send my Palak Paneer, Creamy Muttar Paneer and Patriotic skewers to "Lets relish - Paneer" event by versatile blogger Jay of Tasty Appetite.

Written by: Nithya
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jeyashrisuresh said...

I totally forgot this paneer dish, thanks for reminding.
Looks very nice and addition of moongdal is new and will give a nice texture too.
palak paneer in the background of (lataji's)mask is awesome

Shanthi said...

My alltime favourite. Laying in my draft for a loooong time.

Pavithra Srihari said...

Nithi .. been green for a while haan ? .. addition of moong dal, cheese, amchur powder is totally new to me . Will try it .. amazing pictures ..

Nitha said...

Wonderful clicks as always... Delicious palak paneer too..


Even I have not tried this palak paneer at home,soon I am gonna try,sounds great!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

One of my favorites..Looks great Nithi ! Awesome clicks !!

Prathibha said...

I love it...but I dont add either moong dal or tomatoes to it....

prasanna venkatesh said...

:-) a real new version this is !! but am sure of the results though :-)

kitchen queen said...

slurrrrrrrrrrrp My favourite dish and it looks very tempting.

Nags said...

what a creamy, dreamy dish. TH's fave!!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Love the dish and love the mask!

Swathi said...

Palak paneer looks delicious. I like them a lot. said...

Love both palak & panner..great combo!!simply superb.

Satya said...

palak paneer is my favorite too ..looks awesoem ..but addition of moong dhall is very new to me ..


Krishnaveni said...

lovely dish. beautiful

RV said...

Moong dhal in Palak Paneer sounds new. Looks delicious and love your pics.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, love your presentation dear.

veggie belly said...

Love the spoons and the mask. I actually collect masks and went totally crazy buying masks in south africa.

vidhas said...

Awesome clicks!! Inviting palak panner.Adding cheese i have not tried, sounds Yum!!

Jay said...


Healthy paneer recipe... A great entry for my event...!
Thanks a ton for your loving support ...!!

Looking forward more of your yummy specials too..!

Take care..

Wish Best Wishes,

Priya said...

Slurpppp fingerlicking palak paneer..yumm..

Sanjana said...

Mmmm... My favourite! :)

Yummy Team said...

Love palak paneer..Fabulous pictures as usual..

Vidhya said...

Palak Paneer looks super creamy Nithya.

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Srivalli said...

Wow that mask from ghana is so nice right!..lovely paneer

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Palak Paneer my favorite

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