Saag Paneer

Indian, Main Course, Side Dish, Spinach, Vegetarian

Hi Mati!

Merry Christmas!!! I hope you have had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends.  We have been celebrating a lot here too, even though we do not celebrate Christmas.  We had anniversaries, birthdays, and just because celebrations! How is it being back in Greece? N5FG9VU5JH9D

Miami is nice this time of year except for the traffic and the weather some days.  This is supposed to be the nicest time of year, no humidity, temperatures int he 70s and 80s, but we have had some really cold days in the 50s.  I am not complaining because the weather is really nice, but just a bit too cold some days.  The cold weather does make the experience in the kitchen different.  We are always looking for what is going to keep our bodies warm during these cold days, and I guess both of us were thinking the same ingredients as we both made dishes with spinach.

A couple of years ago, a friend gave me some Indian food recipes she had gotten from a friend of hers from India and I have tried them a few times and decided to revisit them this past week.  I made Saag Paneer, one of my favorite Indian dishes.  Saag means Spinach and Paneer is the Indian cheese used in this dish. It is also known as Palak Paneer. It is very easy to make, once you have the ingredients at home.

I am also very excited because tomorrow I will be going to my mom’s friend house for a baking lesson.  I am not sure what we will be preparing but the teacher will be her mother, so I am sure something very delicious.  I was told to bring paper and pencil and I will bring my camera along as well!

Hope you are having fun at home with family! Enjoy!

Ingredients

• 1 medium onion – chop into very fine pieces (crush)
• 1 small (8 oz.) can of no salt tomato paste
• 2 tsp chopped ginger
• 2 tsp chopped garlic
• 1 chopped green chile
• ½ tsp tumeric
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 tsp garam masala
• 1 tsp tandoori masala
• 2 tsp water
• Pinch of hing
• 1 bunch of spinach – grinded
• 1 package of Paneer cheese

Directions

  1. Put pan on stove top with high heat
  2. Add ~4 tbsp of oil to pan and heat
  3. Mix onion, ginger, garlic and chile into pan and cook covered until golden and reduce heat to med-low
  4. Add turmeric, salt, garam masala, tandoori masala, water, and hing to pan and mix.
  5. Add the tomato paste and mix
  6. Add grinded spinach
  7. Stir and cook covered until spinach is fully cooked (~10 minutes). Stir often.
  8. Cut the Paneer cheese into 2 inch pieces. Add it to the pan and mix
  9. *Optional: Add sugar to make less spicy

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