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Methi Palak Paneer

>> February 13, 2011

While watching the Discovery Travel & Living channel, I got to know that Palak Paneer is a royal dish. I was wondering how some green leaves paste would be called so. The explaination however went on to about the combination of cottage cheese and cream in a mildly spiced palak puree. I then realized that it is indeed royal. To be specific Palak Paneer is a Mughalai cuisine. As usual, I wanted give a twist to it by adding some Kasuri Methi or dried fenugreek leaves and I found that the recipe already exists and therefore the Methi Palak Paneer.

the recipe

Palak / Spinach leaves – 1 bunch (30 – 40 leaves)
Cottage Cheese / Paneer – 200 gms
Kasuri Methi / Dried Fenugreek leaves – 1 1/4 tsp
Tomato – 1 or 2
Onion – 1 big
Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Cream or milk – ¼ cup
Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – ¼ - ½ tsp
Garam Masala – 1 tsp
Green chilly – 1
Salt - to taste

the method

Blanch the palak leaves – Boil adequate salted water to immerse the leaves. Place the leaves in the water until it is wilted (about 2 minutes). Drain the water. Take out the leaves, cut in into 2 or 3 pieces and grind it to a fine paste.

Soak the kasuri methi for 2-3 minutes. Wash twice and keep it aside.

Cut the paneer into small cubes. Heat oil in a pan and lightly fry the paneer in low -medium heat. Drain the paneer and place it in the milk or water. This prevents the paneer from turning rubbery. To the remaining oil, add the onion and sauté till translucent. Add the green chilly, ginger and garlic paste. Saute  for a minute and add the chilly, garam masala and pepper powder. Add ¼ tsp pepper powder and if need be add the remaining ¼ tsp at the end, while checking for seasoning. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and sauté till it turns soft. Add salt. Pour the palak paste, kasuri methi and ¼ cup water and bring it to a boil. Stir in the fried paneer pieces. Turn to low heat and add the milk or cream. Check seasoning and simmer for 5 – 7 minutes. Tastes good with any kind of roti or naan and also with rice and dal.


Hamaree Rasoi February 13, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

Hi Roshan

Methi Palak Paneer looks so inviting and yummy. Addition of Methi has really multiplied the look of it.

Hamaree Rasoi

Swathi February 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

Palak paneer looks delicious.

Kairali sisters February 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

Palak and methi together, i am loving it already..Looks great!!

Nisa Homey February 13, 2011 at 9:09 PM  

Roshan, that's my fav dish....looks yummmy.

Priya February 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM  

Such a delicious,healthy and absolutely green palak paneer, adding methi sounds very interesting..

kothiyavunu.com February 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM  

Nice combo..sounds great, never tried methi palak combo..will give a try sometimes..thx for sharning!

Mrs K February 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM  

Roshan,the palak paneer looks so yummy and dried roasted fenugreek makes all the difference to this rolay dish:)

The Foodie February 13, 2011 at 10:23 PM  

Palak and methi surely makes a delicious combo..very healthy:)

Santosh Bangar February 13, 2011 at 10:36 PM  


Soumya February 14, 2011 at 6:03 AM  

yummy paneer...delicious

aipi February 14, 2011 at 8:06 AM  

What a rich green color..adding methi must have enhanced the flavors more..

US Masala

Priya's Feast February 14, 2011 at 7:59 PM  

Luvly post on palak paneer,roshan..The mughlai dish luks tempting..

Suja Sugathan February 15, 2011 at 1:04 AM  

Healthy and colorful dish,flavorful combo

Treat and Trick February 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM  

Beautiful color and looks yummy!

Aruna Manikandan February 16, 2011 at 7:13 PM  

First time here....

Palak paneer looks delicious

Glad to follow u :)
Check my space when u find time....

Gulmohar February 17, 2011 at 3:01 AM  

Methi will add to the flavors..yumm

Jay February 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM  

looks very healthy n delicious..
Tasty appetite

divya February 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

ohhh...droooooling here...perfect n tempting..first time at your blog. You have a beautiful space here.glad to follow u...

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