Saturday, 3 May 2014

Cottage Cheese in Spinach (Paalak Paneer)

Here's a very easy version of Paalak Paneer microwave cooked. Since Paalak is now available more or less throughout the year I decided on making this delicious yet healthy/nutritious dish in microwave to escape the heat in the kitchen. It takes very little time and oil and that's why I cook paneer or mushroom dishes mostly in the microwave.

Paalak Paneer

Palaak Paneer



  • 350 gms Paneer/cottage cheese cut in cubes
  • 750gms spinach/paalak
  • 2 onions
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 tomato paste
  • 1 green chilli
  • Whole garam masala ( cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves)
  • Salt n sugar to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tblspns white oil
  • 1 tblspn ghee(optional)

Paalak Paneer


First boil spinach in a a micro-safe bowl at full power for 5-6 minutes , wash with cold water, drain and make a smooth paste with 2 cardamoms, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves and 1 green chilli. Now make a paste of onions, ginger and garlic. Heat oil at full power for 2 minutes and add the onion ginger garlic paste and microwave for 3 minutes at 100% power. Add tomato paste stir and cook for another 2 minutes at full power. Now add seasoning, black pepper powder and spinach paste and microwave for another 3-4 minutes. Stir in between. Now add the paneer cubes, mix in the gravy and again microwave for 2 minutes. Sprinkle some ghee on the top if you want and serve hot with fulkas or paranthas/naan. Enjoy....

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