May 6, 2009

* Palak Paneer *

3 bunches spinach
3 tbsp oil
1 cup cubed paneer
1 onion, minced
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/4 to 1/2 tsp green chilli paste
2 tomatoes, pureed
Pinch of sugar
3 tbsp fresh whole-milk yogurt
1/2 tsp almond powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste

Clean and the spinach for about 5-6 minutes. Mash slightly or grind coarsely. Keep aside.
In a heavy non-stick saucepan, heat the oil. Shallow fry the paneer till golden. Remove.
Re-heat the oil and fry the onion, stirring frequently, till golden. Add the ginger-garlic and chilli pastes and saute. Add the tomato puree and sugar, and fry till the oil leaves the masala.
Add the spinach, stir well. Add the yogurt whisked with the almond powder and garam masala. Mix and simmer on low heat for few minutes till done.
Remove to a serving dish and add the paneer. Garnish with tomato and cucumber slices and serve hot.

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