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You know I love just about anything with cheese. This saag paneer is no exception. I love how fragrant it is, and the spiciness scale can be adjusted to any palate. Paneer is a fresh cheese, and in this dish, it’s marinated in a blend of turmeric, cayenne, and oil before browning on the stove. I could literally eat a bowl of toasted paneer on its own.
My last recipe on the blog was homemade foolproof paneer cheese. Making paneer requires only two ingredients and a few straightforward, quick steps and Bob’s your uncle! In my mind, there’s really no reason to buy paneer at the store now that I know how easy it is to make.
The “saag” part of the recipe is also straightforward to make. Yes, you’ll have to get some garam masala spice, but that’s what Amazon is for, right? Once you have it in your cupboard, you’ll find you’ll be making this and other Indian recipes often, that is if you love Indian food as I do! If you don’t like the smell of Indian food in the house, you can make this on the grill. Use medium heat and a stainless pan.
Make sure the onions are nicely caramelized for this saag paneer, it’s crucial to the flavor profile of the recipe. Be patient with that step as it may take about 15 minutes. Otherwise, you’ll find this saag paneer quick to come together.
- Saag Paneer
- 12 oz paneer cheese (paneer recipe here)
- 1 tsp powdered turmeric
- ½ tsp cayenne powder
- 3 Tbsp + 1½ Tbsp peanut oil
- One 16 oz package frozen chopped baby spinach
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno or serrano, diced (optional)
- 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes (or a fresh pepper)
- ½ tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- If you’ve decided to make your paneer cheese, you can see my easy recipe here.
- Defrost the spinach in the microwave. Meanwhile, cut paneer cheese into about 1-inch bite-size cubes. Combine turmeric, cayenne and 3 tablespoons of oil in a bowl. Transfer the cheese to the bowl and toss gently to coat all side of the cheese. Set it aside to marinate for a few minutes.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the paneer and allow one side to get golden brown. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining oil to the skillet, along with the onion, jalapeno, ginger, and garlic. Sauté the mix until it’s all a toffee color, about 15 minutes. If the mixture starts to dry out, add a couple tablespoons of water to keep it from burning.
- Once caramelized, add the garam masala, red pepper flakes (if using) and cumin. Add a little water, stir and cook for a couple of minutes to release flavors.
- Add the spinach and incorporate it thoroughly into the onion mixture. Salt it to your taste, and add about a ½ cup of water. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the yogurt a little at a time, stirring it in to incorporate it. Next, add the paneer cheese and gently mix to combine. Turn the heat back on to medium, cover, and heat thoroughly until everything is nice and warm, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Makes wonderful leftovers!
Adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/saag-paneer-spinach-with-indian-cheese-recipe-1927603