I wanted to make one of my favorite Indian dishes called Panak Paneer, which is Spinach and Paneer Cheese in a Curry sauce. I’ve purchase the pre-made packages from Trader Joe’s, but my Mom and other people in my family can’t really eat it, because it’s too spicy, so I wanted to try to make a mild version of it. I didn’t have much of the ingredients like the ground coriander and garam malasa, but I improvised.
My recipe is loosely based on this recipes from allrecipes.com:
Absolutely Perfect Palak Paneer
I started by making the Paneer (cheese) from regular whole milk from the grocery. I brought a quart of milk to boil, then added about a tablespoon of lemon juice to make the milk separate into curds and whey.
Here’s step by step directions to make the Paneer:
After pressing it for a hour or so, I had Paneer, which I cut up and fried until golden brown.
In another pan. I cooked the following in olive oil:
– 2 tblsp grated Ginger
– 1 tblspn minced Garlic
– 2 tblsp Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning (which had Cumin, Pepper and other spices)
– 3/4 of a medium Onion, chopped finely
I then added:
– 1 whole bag of frozen Spinach
– 1 Tomato, diced
– about a cup of water
Cooked this for a while, then blended it in a blender.
Placed it back into the pan and added:
– about 1/2 cup Sour Cream
– Salt and Pepper to taste
– the fried Paneer (from above)
– 1 chopped Zuchinni
– 1 chopped Large Sweet Red Pepper
– more water to thin it a bit
– 4 whole mild Peppers (just slightly hot)
– about 1 tblsp Butter
– more Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning to taste
Then I just let it cooked for a while to let all the seasonings mingle.
I hope my family likes it when we have it for dinner in a few minutes :)