Sonal is a fellow food blogger and friend who blogs at www.simplyvegetarian777.wordpress.com . When I approached her to do a guest post on eat,live,burp, she was enthusiastic about sharing her delicious palak paneer recipe with all of us. I love that she cooks with just a tablespoon of oil in most of her recipes including this recipe. Typically palak paneer contains a ton of cream, but Sonal has come up with an interesting substitute which doesn’t compromise on the texture and taste of this signature North Indian entree. Vegans,substitute paneer with extra firm tofu, it would taste just as good. I am a huge fan of Sonal’s work, her mushroom-garlic fried rice is a huge hit in our house. Please welcome Sonal and visit her at http://www.simplyvegetarian777.wordpress.com or even better subscribe to her blog via email for simple, healthy, vegetarian recipes to be delivered right to your inbox.
My name is Sonal and I write a food blog called simplyvegetarian777. As the name suggests, it is a food blog with vegetarian recipes with some fun and twist intended. :). The recipes are simple and quick so that the people can actually cook them. Most of the time, I cook with 1 tablespoon oil for 4 servings. My belief is “Cook Light, Eat Right and Have fun in life”. I have tried to replace fried versions of various dishes with baked and pan grilling. I use non-conventional methods with healthier approach, but that doesn’t make my food bland :). My blog covers Indian, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Indo Chinese cuisine dishes and many more…most of the time in fusion avatars than the traditional ones :).
I feel honored to write a guest post for Pavithra’s blog Eat Live and Burp. What a cute title for a blog :). I met Pavithra through blogging and got hooked to her blog when she was sharing her experiences about the Food blog conferences she attended at Seattle, Washington. Was I envious ;)? I was but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience through her pictures and writings. Great work visualizing those Pavithra :). I am so impressed by her approach and the Oxbow Box Project. Thanks Pavithra for this wonderful opportunity to meet with your readers :).
Today I present Palak Paneer, a much loved dish in India and abroad. Every time, we have American guests at our home, they have always requested Saag Paneer or Palak Paneer. So this is my ode to Pavithra’s blog as a guest writer :). I was talking to my mum about Palak paneer and she suggested to use some red lentils to stabilize the dish which actually adds body to the dish and also has a major nutrition value. Some people use cornstarch to stabilize the dish..me….not at all..I stay away from the use of corn starch or refined flour :). So you may go ahead use 2tablespoon of corn flour or besan dissolved in 1/4 cup water if you want to. Let’s get started now :).
2 teaspoons Cooking oil in a non stick or hard anodized pan or 1 tablespoon in a steel pan
1 cup Spinach, roughly chopped
1 medium tomato,chopped
2 tablespoons Red lentils, washed and soaked(optional)
1 teaspoon ginger,freshly grated
2 pods garlic (optional)
1-2 fresh chillies green or red
1 cup/250grams Paneer or Tight pressed Ricotta ,cut in cubes
½ teaspoon Turmeric
2 teaspoons Coriander powder
1/8 teaspoon Red chili powder
1.5 cups water
1. Place spinach in a microwave safe bowl along with 3 tablespoons of water and cook for 6-7minutes.
2. Heat oil in pan. Add ginger garlic and chopped chilies , sauté for few seconds.
3. Add chopped tomatoes and dry spices. If required, add a tablespoon of water and let cook for a minute on low flame.
4. Tomatoes will look mushy now. Add soaked lentils and cooked spinach.
5. Add 3/4 cup water, mix well and cover. Let cook for 15 minutes on low flame till lentils are soft.
6. Remove pan from the stove and add 3/4 cup water and purée it in blender or with a hand blender.
7. Transfer the puree back to the pan and add paneer cubes. Cook on slow for 5-7 minutes more.
8. Palak paneer is ready. Enjoy with rice, Pulav, naan or chapati :).