Indian Palak Paneer

    50 minutes

    Palak paneer is a creamy Indian curry that combines fresh spinach and ricotta, it goes well with rice, naan as a vegetarian main or side to a larger meal.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 6 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
    • 2 dried red chillies, optional
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 3/4 cup sour cream, or to taste
    • 1.5kg fresh spinach, well washed, stems removed, leaves torn
    • 1 large tomato, quartered
    • 4 sprigs coriander leaves, or to taste
    • 250g firm ricotta or paneer cheese
    • coarse sea salt to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. In a large saucepan heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat and gently fry the onion, garlic, half the ginger and chillies (if using) until brown. Mix in the cumin, coriander, turmeric and sour cream (add more or less to achieve desired creaminess). Add the spinach, handfuls at a time, until it cooks down and softens, about 15 minutes total. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
    2. Pour spinach mixture into a blender or food processor and add the tomato, remaining ginger and coriander. Blend for 15 to 30 seconds, or until the spinach is finely chopped. Pour back into the saucepan and keep warm over low heat.
    3. In a medium frying pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat, and fry ricotta or paneer until browned. Drain and add to spinach. Cook for 10 minutes on low heat. Season with salt to taste.

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    So good! Reduced cumin to 1/2 teaspoon (cos I don't really like cumin), but otherwise I followed the recipe as is. I also added diced potatoes, and it suits the rest of the ingredients. What a great recipe, thanks a lot!  -  28 Apr 2011


    Something else. I added more of the spices to it because it didn't quite have enough of a kick for us. Another 2 tsp of the ground corriander and a pinch of chilli powder really worked for us  -  03 Feb 2010


    Vegan version- substitute Tempeh for chese, and viola- one happy kooky herbivore!!  -  24 Dec 2011