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Saag Paneer with Spinach n Mustard greens/Saagwala

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saag paneer is a green leaves based curry. U can substitute any kind of leafy vegetable with spinach like mustard greens, methi, cilantro... Greens is a must vegetable in my kitchen. Regularly i make palak paneer with spinach. But, i got some mustard greens. So thought of making saag paneer,As i had some fresh paneer which i jus made...
Saag paneer is made with green leafy veggies where as palak paneer is made by pureeing the spinach n by adding paneer n a mix of spices. Each has its own unique flavor n aroma. Normally, i boil spinach in hot water for couple mins if i am preparing palak paneer. But for saag paneer, i roasted spinach n mustard green for couple mins to retain the color n nutrients.

Here is the recipe for Saag Paneer:
Spinach: 2 bunches( i used bagged spinach)
Mustard greens: 2cup(tightly packed)
Cilantro: 3/4 cup,chopped
Paneer: 1cup grated/15 cubes
Evaporated Milk: 3/4 cup/ fresh cream: 2tbsp
Onion: 1 big, very finely chopped/pureed
Tomato: 1 small, finely copped
Green chili: 2-3,chopped
Ginger Garlic paste: 1tsp
Oil: 1tbsp
Cumin seeds: 1tsp
Red chili powder: 1tsp
Coriander powder: 1tsp
Turmeric: 1tsp
Garam Masala: 1 tsp
Salt: to taste:

1) In a pan, heat 1tsp of oil n add spinach,mustard greens,cilantro n green chili. Roast it for 5 mins on medium heat,uncovered.
2) In a blender, grind it to a smooth paste n keep aside.
3) In a pan, heat oil n add cumin seeds n fry for 30 secs.
4) Add onion puree n fry for 6-7 mins on medium heat.
5) Add ginger garlic paste,turmeric n fry for couple mins.
6) Add tomato n fry for 3 mins.
7) Add Spinach leafy's pure n mix well. Cover n cook for 8 mins on medium heat.
8) Simmer n add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala n cook for 1 min.
9) Add, evaporated milk or cream n cook for 3 mins on medium heat,uncovered. Stir vigorously.
10) Add grated paneer or cubes n cook for 2mins.
11) Adjust spices to your taste n switch off.

Enjoy this healthy delicious colorful Saag Paneer with rice or chapathi.

Tip: Add evaporated milk instead of cream. By using this you can save so much on calories n moreover it doesn't make any difference..


kitchen queen December 12, 2009 at 6:21 AM  

yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm looking saag paneer and very tempting with a nice click.

SE(Denufood) December 12, 2009 at 8:03 AM  

very tempting...I've never added cream to spinach...

Siddhi Shirsat December 12, 2009 at 12:11 PM  

This is realy a nice recipe silpa, had never heard of it...new to me, i liked the spices and ingredients used.

Nostalgia December 12, 2009 at 4:08 PM  

The curry looks great and all your tips.. thanks for sharing.

Ushnish Ghosh December 13, 2009 at 7:15 PM  

Dear Silpa
Thats perfect palak paneer, the mustard green makes all the difference.
Your last line on calories is the punch line :-)
Have a nice day

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