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Low Calorie Indian Vegetarian Recipe : Palak-Paneer or Spinach-Cottage Cheese Recipe!

Updated on March 12, 2017

Palak-Paneer or Spinach n Cottage Cheese

4.5 stars from 8 ratings of Spinach n Cottage Cheese
Low Calorie Palak Paneer
Low Calorie Palak Paneer | Source

Paneer-Palak-- a very popular Indian recipe

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If you are visiting an Indian family for dinner and that too, a vegetarian, Palak-Paneer is a favorite in the menu list. And I am sure you are going to love this recipe.

This is a low calorie recipe and is full of nutritional value, minus fat.

A very popular Indian vegetarian recipe called, Palak-Paneer. Palak means Spinach and Paneer means Cottage cheese.

Health benefits of Spinach and Cottage Cheese:

We all know the health benefits of Spinach. It is said to contain ample amount of vitamin A and C, has fiber and is recommended to people, with Iron deficiency. We can make it tastier, without destroying its nutritional value.

Cottage cheese, on the other hand has goodness of milk. It has protein, but a little less in fat and easy to digest. It is a favorite for people, who prefer low calorie food and are on diet.

You can make your own Paneer or Cottage Cheese. See the link.

Home made Paneer is not only soft but also fresh. And you can make it anytime.


Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 200 gm. Cottage Cheese
  • 200 gm. Spinach leaves bunch
  • 1 tablespoonful butter or refined oil
  • 1 teaspoonful finely chopped garlic
  • 1 or 2 green chilly
  • salt to taste
  • Lots of Love and Care
Home made cottage cheese or Paneer
Home made cottage cheese or Paneer | Source
Fresh hand picked Spinach leaves
Fresh hand picked Spinach leaves | Source

Preparing spinach paste

  1. Wash spinach thoroughly and cut finely. Put in a pot on slow flame for 5 to 7 minutes. Cool and grind in a food processor. Keep aside.
  2. Place a heavy bottomed pan on medium flame. Add butter or refined oil. When it is warm enough, add asafoetida or Hing (optional), garlic and chilly to the oil. Then add square or triangular cut cottage cheese pieces into the pan and fry for 2 to 3 minutes and then add spinach paste. Keep cooking for 5 to 7 minutes and add salt.
  3. Serve hot with chapati or paratha ( Indian bread options). If making chapati or paratha is not possible, it can even be enjoyed with fresh soft bread.
  4. Generally people in India like to enjoy this recipe with white home made butter or Pure Ghee. But if you are a calorie counter, you can skip the butter.

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To Conclude:

Precautions or useful Tips:

1. Whenever you are preparing something with Paneer, remember not to overcook it, as the Paneer will turn rubbery if you do that, and its natural juices will dry up.

2. If you want Spinach to retain its natural, rich, green color, do not cover the recipe, with a lid while cooking it.

3. A little care should be taken, while buying Spinach leaves or bunch. They should be fresh, green and crisp. Do not buy yellowish leaves.

4. Wash the bunch thoroughly in running water, so that all mud etc. is washed away.

5. All leafy vegetables must be washed first and then cut for preparation, so that all the nutrition is not washed away.

6. It is always better to prepare the Greens fresh. Freshly cooked Spinach tastes better than the refrigerated one.

7. You can enjoy this recipe with Tandoori Roti or Parathas.

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      By Lori 4 years ago from USA

      I love paneer ! It's one of my favorites.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks 'By Lori', for visiting and your comment. I am sure you would love the recipe, when you prepare it. Thanks again.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      gave it 5 stars. i think this recipe is really great

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks unknown spy, for visiting and appreciating the recipe. Thanks for the 5 star rating as well.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sounds wonderful. I am vegetarian, and I need something new in my cooking arsenal. I also enjoy many Indian foods.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Palak paneer is my favourite too. I like to eat it with rotis or even rice. Very nice hub..voted up

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Indian Chef, for your visit and comment. Nice to know, this is your favorite too.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've had this dish at restaurants but have never made it at home. I look forward to trying this as we have all the ingredients here in Peru. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks vespawoolf, for your visit and comments. I am sure you would love it after you make it yourself.

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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      You don't use any haldi powder or mirchi powder? I usually add those too.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Your hub is packed with clear directions and drool-worthy photo! I am fond of palak paneer. Now I am glad to have your recipe so that I can prepare this tasty & healthy dish at home.

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful. Voted up

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks cashmere, for your visit and comments. The recipe here was written keeping in mind the HP community.......there can be variations, no doubt. I am sure your version tastes equally delicious.

      Thanks again.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks ishwaryaa, for your visit and such encouraging comments. Thanks for the voting up.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It looks so delicious love the idea of this recipe thanks

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for your visit and comments. I am sure you would love preparing it.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ChitrangadaSharan , I would love this recipe and thank you for putting the English words in so I could follow the recipe very easily. I love spinach recipes.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks suzzycue, for visiting this hub and liking this recipe. Glad you found the instructions easy to follow.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks fantastic, and I plan on trying it this coming week. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Kathryn Stratford, for your visit and support. I am glad you liked the recipe.

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      This looks fantastic, I am a big fan of Indian food...I will surely have to make this! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks tastiger04, for stopping by and commenting! I am happy to know that you like Indian food. I am sure you would love this recipe, when you try this.

      Thanks for voting up!

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This looks delicious and very easy to make! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Rose, for your kind visit and comments! Thanks for voting up!

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      I never knew you could cook cottage cheese! Spinach yes - I've cooked it with raisins in olive oil - but the cheese is a new one. Will I try this? I should, it looks so simple and tasty! Thank you.

      Votes and a share.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks chef-de-jour, for visiting this hub and commenting!

      Yes cottage cheese recipes are very popular in India. It is versatile and you can make it at home itself. I always have it stocked up in my refrigerator, since it takes very little time to cook delicious recipes within no time.

      Thanks for your votes and share!

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      Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I love Palak Paneer and I did not know the ingredients were so simple. I'll have to try your recipe and instructions.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Kylyssa, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I am glad to know that you will try this recipe. I am sure you would love it.

      Thanks!

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