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    1 hr

    15 mins

    45 mins

    Sue Lau's Note:

    Creamy and rich, a delight to eat. A dish I fell in love with at a local restaurant and adapted a recipe to closely resemble theirs.

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    1. 1
      Cut spinach into shreds and cook in 3 tablespoons water until tender; remove from heat.
    2. 2
      Saute onion, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger in 1-2 tablespoons ghee or oil until onion is translucent.
    3. 3
      Then add garlic and chopped tomatoes, and reduce heat.
    4. 4
      Cook this briefly and slowly blend in yogurt a little at a time to prevent curdling.
    5. 5
      Add coriander, garam masala, paprika, and salt, mixing well.
    6. 6
      Add cooked spinach with liquid, cover and simmer on low heat for approximately 20-30 minutes.
    7. 7
      Remove from heat.
    8. 8
      Take half of spinach mixture and puree in food processor or blender, and return to mixture and stir.
    9. 9
      Slowly stir in heavy cream, and heat through on low heat.
    10. 10
      Add paneer cubes.
    11. 11

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 22, 2010


      Not exactly what I was looking for, but still pretty tasty. I used whole coriander, and didn't care for the seeds/texture (my fault). Going to try this one again but adjust the spices a little. If you can't find the paneer, an excellent substitute is Mexican Queso Blanco (aka queso fresco) - the texture & taste is very similar.

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    • on May 24, 2010


      I made half a recipe for the two of us and it was great. Loved all the flavors and how they meld together. I made homemade paneer Homemade Paneer (Panir - Indian Cheese) to use in the recipe. Served with Best Ever Chicken Balti, Naan plus puppodums as an appetizer.

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    • on September 20, 2003


      Fantastic recipe. I like this much better than our local Indian restaurant's palak paneer. I think I added a little more cream because I had to warm it longer at the end (I could only find frozen paneer.) I used normal spinach leaves, and it made it stringy so next time I'll be sure to find the baby spinach. I feel about twenty pounds overweight from dinner, but fiance and I really loved this. Thanks!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Palak Paneer (Indian Fresh Spinach With Paneer Cheese)

    Serving Size: 1 (108 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 65.7
    Calories from Fat 37
    Total Fat 4.2 g
    Saturated Fat 2.5 g
    Cholesterol 14.5 mg
    Sodium 241.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 2.3 g

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