Palak Paneer

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An Indian spicy spinach curry dish with paneer cheese, chiles and anchar masala (spice).  Note: Substitute cubes of firm tofu or 1 cup of green peas if paneer is unavailable.
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  • Serves 2 as a main course


    • 2 cups oil
    • 1 cup paneer cheese, cubed
    • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 teaspoon ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
    • 1 lb frozen spinach
    • 1 large tomato, chopped
    • 1/4 t Red chili powder


Heat oil for deep frying. Fry cheese cubes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Saute onions in a saucepan or wok with 3 tablespoons of the oil. Add the garlic, garam masala, ginger and chili powder.

Add spinach and tomatoes. If using green peas, mix in here. Lower heat and cook 20-30 minutes; until spinach cooks down into a paste-like consistency. Raise heat and simmer until the oil floats to the top. Add the cheese or tofu. Heat and serve.
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