Creamy Palak (Spinach)

"This is a popular main dish that can be served with any bread or rice. Everybody loves it."
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  • Cook the first 7 ingredients in one cup water for about 10 minutes.
  • When little cold, puree in a blender, adding more water as needed.
  • Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Saute the garlic and the spices.
  • Add cream cheese and spinach.
  • Cook for 10-15 mins.
  • to desired consistency.
  • Note: Add firm tofu pieces if desired.

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  1. Joseph Bahr
    Although your spinach recipes vary from 'nice' to 'spectacular', I am a purist where spinach is concerned. Give it to me straight out of the good earth cooked in only the water clinging to the leaves. MAYBE with a dot of butter and/or salt. Maybe! Your site is most enjoyable and my family has had the good fortune to benefit from the many meals based on your recipes.As my kids say: "You Rule!"
  2. sofie-a-toast
    This was great! We used sour cream which I was skeptical about but it turned out delicious and authentic tasting. We also added some fried tofu to make it a main dish and served with garlic naan. Thanks for the recipe :)
  3. msmia
    Really very good. Easy to prepare. I substituted 1/3 less fat cream cheese & it worked well. In the future I would not use a full cup of water in the first step - had to simmer finished dish for a long time to reduce it to the consistency that I like... otherwise a great recipe & I suspect a lot healthier than ordering takeout.
    I printed this recipe months ago and finally made it. It was wonderful. I only wanted four servings, so I halved the spinach, chilies and cream cheese but kept all the spices the same as the full recipe. I think this one will become a regular in our house!
  5. olgaobninsk Beloous
    I just made it and it turned out great!!! I was in my lazy mood today and substituted dried onion and garlic for the real thing and it STILL tastes amasing!!! Thanks a lot!


  1. Cyrene
    Awesome, what can I say? This is one of our favorites...we use it over and over and it's always wonderful! Of course it varies a bit since the recipe doesn't specify what size of tomato and onion to use. I use the 4 oz canned green chiles and definitely recommend using the cream cheese instead of the sour's just a bit richer this way. And, yes, the key here is to saute the spices instead of just adding them to the ingredients. I actually just about burned the spices once and my hubby kept saying how good it was. LOL



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