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saag paneer recipe

"Saag" means spinach and "paneer" refers to Indian pressed cheese. Combine them along with Inspired Indian's spice kit and you have a delicious dish popular in restaurants all over the world.

Our whole spice blend includes fenugreek, which helps gives traditional saag paneer its distinctive flavor.

servings 4 to 5  |   cook time 30 min

ingredients

  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1 small yellow onion |  1/2 cup finely chopped
  • 1-inch cube peeled, fresh ginger  1 tsp finely grated
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves  |  2 tsp finely grated
  • 1 tbs butter or non-dairy spread
  • 12 oz paneer 2 - 3 cups cubed 
  • vegetable oil or ghee
  • salt
  • 1 Inspired Indian Saag Paneer Spice Kit

notes

cooking whole spices in heated oil releases their flavor and infuses the dish with an additional layer of flavor.

resist the urge to increase the heat while frying onions, otherwise the whole spices may burn and become bitter. if onions start to stick or brown too quickly, add 1 tbs water.

if using store-bought paneer, pan fry it in butter, ghee, or vegetable oil before adding to curry for additional flavor and texture.

instructions

1 Heat 1 tsp oil on medium-high. Sauté spinach until barely wilted. Puree in blender with 1/4 cup ice water. Set aside. Finely chop onion.

2  Heat 2 tbs oil on medium. Add WHOLE SPICES, stir 1 min, then add ½ cup finely chopped onion. Sauté 5 min.

While onion is frying, peel and finely grate ginger and garlic cloves. Add to pan with 1 tbs butter or oil. Stir 1 min, then mix in SPICE POWDER, tomato sauce, and 1 tsp salt.

Reduce medium-low, cover, and simmer 10 min; stir occasionally. Cut paneer into cubes.

Add pureed spinach and 2 cups cubed paneer. Simmer 2 min and add salt to taste.

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