Tuesday, February 25, 2014

weekend cooking - Palak Paneer

This post is again a  weekend story which was again harried one  becuase Advay was down with the flu bug so after  closing all the windows so that he is not exposed to the breeze I tiptoed in the kitchen thinking of preparing the palak paneer curry, as in anticipation of the weekend I had prepared the paste of spinach and kept it in the fridge ya doing this makes life easy specially on weekends so while the curry simmered and the panner was taken out of the freezer to be thawed I prepared chapathis no side dish no salad  this frugal meal of saag paneer and chapathi satiated us like anything :-)

Recipe Name Palak Paneer /Saag Paneer /Cottage cheese cooked in curried spinach sauce 
Recipe source kitchen experiement 
One whole pack of spinach
250 gm cottage cheese cubes
for the curry 
onion two choped coarsely into four pieces
ginger half inch
garlic clove five
tomato one chopped coarsely
salt as per taste
one tsp each of red chili,coriander and turmeric powder
cumin seeds half tsp,
pinch of asafoetida
for the tempering
ghee one tsp
cumin seeds half tsp
asafoetida one fourth tsp
dried red chili crushed two
-boil water in a sauce pan and once the water is boiling add spinach leaves
cook the spinach leaves till they are tender ,drain the water and let it cool
prepare paste of the spinach leaves and keep aside .
-thaw cottage cheese cubes by keeping them in a bowl of water
- make coarse paste of onion ginger and garlic
- make paste of tomato and mix red chili,coriander and turmeric powder
heat oil in non stick wok add cumin seeds and asafoetida and let it splutter
add the onion ginger garlic paste and keep stirring till it starts becoming brown
add the spiced up tomato paste and stir till oil is seen on the sides
add the pureed spinach and salt and let it simmer for 10 minutes
Before serving
add the thawed cottage cheese to cooked spinach puree
mix thoroughly add one tsp of garam masala powder
in another small pan heat one tsp of ghee once warm
add half tsp of cumin seeds,dried red chili one crushed and pinch of asafoetida
pour the tempering on the cooked sag paneer
serve warm with chapathis
.and the next day baked pizza with the same curry as I had the dough ready in the freezer ya life becomes easy if you have some curry ,pizza dough and cheese specially on the weekends

this is what I did - smeared the curry sauce on the base crumbled cottage cheese few slices of onion and tomato and topped it with mozarella cheese thats all :-)

Thats all friends,wish you all happy week ahead
take care and happy blogging