Palak paneer, spiced spinach with Indian cottage cheese
- November 2005
- 400g fresh spinach leaves
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra oil for deep frying
- 400g paneer cheese, diced into 2.5cm cubes
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- 4cm piece fresh ginger, grated
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped
- 1 tsp Patak’s Balti Curry Paste
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
- Put the spinach in a colander. Pour over boiling water to wilt the leaves. Drain and refresh in cold water. Drain well and purée in a food processor.
- Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy-based pan to 190°C or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Deep fry the paneer for 2-3 minutes, until brown on the edges (use a metal spoon to stop it sticking to the pan). Set aside on kitchen paper to drain.
- In another saucepan, heat the 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over a medium heat and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the tomatoes, ginger, garlic, green chilli and balti paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and stir well. Bring to a simmer, then mix in the paneer.
- Put in a serving dish and sprinkle with the garam masala and coriander. Serve with chapattis.
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