Palak Paneer

 

Do you have a massive amount of spinach? Then get ready for a quick and satisfying meal.

Spinach is one of those green leafy vegetables that's great to eat in large quantities. Spinach helps keep the blood pressure low, the immune system optimum, and the cellular oxidation process low. Its full of vitamins and minerals to maintain bone, hair, and skin health.

 

Serves 6 (8 if using as a side dish)

Active time 30 minutes

 

 
 

INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds fresh spinach

3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil

1/3 cup raw cashews (soak for 2-8 hours)

3 cups hot water (more if you want a soupier consistency)

1 medium onion, quartered

1.5 inches of ginger

2 cloves garlic

1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika

1/2 teaspoon garam masala

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if you want noticeable heat)

2 pods cardamon, use seeds only

~ 2 teaspoons salt, to taste

1 pound block of paneer OR plain tofu OR 1 can garbanzo beans

 

BEGIN:

Soak cashews.

Quarter onion and process in food processor until liquid. Set aside in small bowl.

In same food processor or by hand mince garlic and ginger. Set aside in a -different- small bowl.

Melt 1 tablespoon ghee or oil in large heavy bottom pot on medium/low heat. Mix spinach in ghee until wilted (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat and blend in food processor until a puree (or your desired consistency).

Puree cashews with 3 cups hot water in either food processor or blender.

Melt 2 tablespoons ghee in same heavy bottom pot. Add onions, spices, and salt. Combine well. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Add cashew solution. Stir occasionally for 3-5 minutes. Thoroughly combine garlic and ginger to the mixture stirring for a continuous minute. Add spinach and mix well. Add paneer, tofu, or garbanzo beans. Let sit on the lowest level of heat until all has marinated together for up to 1 hour. Serve over rice with lemon squeezed on top.

 

Tips:

I use a Vitamix for the onion, spinach, and cashew puree. I use the “mini-food-prep” for the garlic and ginger. Immediately after using vita mix or food processor clean out with warm soapy water that way it becomes less of a deal and more part of the cooking process. There’s nothing worse than a cluttered kitchen with heaps of dishes :)

 

 
 all blended mixtures together prior to addition of paneer, tofu, garbonzo beans

all blended mixtures together prior to addition of paneer, tofu, garbonzo beans

 spinach puree, cashew water, onion ready to be combined.  in this version, I blended the garlic and ginger with the spinach. I don't recommend it. and notice the blending apparatus does not need to be cleaned out between use

spinach puree, cashew water, onion ready to be combined.

in this version, I blended the garlic and ginger with the spinach. I don't recommend it. and notice the blending apparatus does not need to be cleaned out between use