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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Palak Paneer

Aloha Everyone,

Palak Paneer is a very popular North Indian vegetarian dish. Palak means Spinach in Hindi and Paneer is Indian style cottage cheese.

This dish request came from our son and I was up to the challenge. With any dishes, there are always a variety of methods and ingredients one can substitute.

I found the block of Paneer to be unexpectedly firm which worked in my advantage as I had to cut them into approximately 1/3 inch thick slices. One of the amusing thing is that when a piece of Paneer is heated to golden brown color in a frying pan with a small amount of oil, Paneer jumps into the air like popcorn and turn itself over. This happened at least 30% of the time keeping me alert as not to get my face burned, as well as be entertained.

J.J. helped me dice onions, garlic and ginger and into the stir fried mixture, I combined cooked chopped spinach.
Instead of heavy cream, Greek yogurt was substituted.

Here is a link to multiple recipes of Palak Paneer. Our son was happy with the result. J.J. was not impressed with this vegetarian dish as he prefers fish and meat entrees.

Aloha -- Cathi