For years I have been loving paneer (especially palak paneer) and for some reason I never thought about making it at home, until last week when I googled how to make it. It turned out to be super simple! You only need milk and lemon. Have a look here to learn how to make it.
So, the other night (hence the lamplight photos) Johan and I decided to try to make a stew palak paneer style since we both love soup and stews, and didn't have time to make rice as our stomachs already were empty. I hope I've remembered all ingredients we used, we pretty much put whatever we thought would fit as we went along.
Palak paneer style stew (serves 4)
Paneer (we used 2 liters of milk)
(you can fry it before or put it in the soup as it is) (use tofu if you want a vegan version)
2 large onions or 4-5 small onions
butter or oil to fry the onion in
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp curry powder
as much fresh chili as you like
thumbsized fresh ginger
2-3 tbsp tomato puree
3 fresh tomatoes
600 grams fresh spinach
3-5 deciliter water depending on how soupy you want your stew
2 deciliter cream (regular or vegan version)
salt & pepper
We did like this:
Chop the onions and let them simmer in butter/oil on low temperature while you prepare the spices. Put everything into a bowl; chopped garlic, ground coriander, ground ginger, garam masala, cumin, curry powder, chopped fresh chili, chopped fresh ginger, tomato puree. When the onions are softer, pour some of the water on it and throw in the stuff from the bowl and stir until it's kind of a paste. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Chop the tomatoes and the spinach and put them into the pot as well, together with the rest of the water. Let it all simmer for 5-8 minutes. Throw in the paneer and cream and heat it up. Add salt and pepper. Put it in bowls and top with fresh coriander/cilantro. Serve it as it is or together with rice or bread or papadum or all of it.