Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer
Jonathan Katz

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter)
  • 8 ounces of paneer (can be found in freezer at Indian grocery stores), thawed if frozen and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ white onion, finely chopped
  • One 2-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 pound of spinach, washed thoroughly
  • 1 ½ cups cooked basmati rice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped, for garnish

Dishes like palak paneer make me thankful that about half of India is vegetarian. Paneer, often referred to as "Indian cottage cheese" on menus (though it more closely resembles halloumi), sears beautifully and is a perfect addition to simple vegetable dishes. It's traditionally cooked in a spicy puréed spinach curry, but you can also toss it with sautéed mustard greens or Swiss chard to add protein and texture.

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Directions

Melt the clarified butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then sear the paneer cubes on 2 sides for 2 minutes each, until golden brown. Remove and set aside.

Add onions, ginger, garlic, jalapeño, and garam masala to the pan and sauté on medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until translucent. Add spinach, toss well to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes until wilted. 

Transfer spinach mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, but not entirely puréed. Pour mixture back into pan, add the paneer, taste for salt, and cook on low heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Serve over basmati rice and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

459 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

23%

Servings:

2
  • Fat 19g 30%
  • Carbs 52g 17%
  • Saturated 10g 51%
  • Fiber 7g 29%
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 23g 47%
  • Cholesterol 52mg 17%
  • Sodium 597mg 25%
  • Calcium 355mg 36%
  • Magnesium 215mg 54%
  • Potassium 1,538mg 44%
  • Iron 8mg 46%
  • Zinc 2mg 16%
  • Phosphorus 366mg 52%
  • Vitamin A 1,213µg 135%
  • Vitamin C 67mg 112%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 28%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 38%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 35%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 530µg 133%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 8%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 28%
  • Vitamin K 1,098µg 1,373%
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