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Low Calorie Spinach, Cottage Cheese Recipe

Updated on March 16, 2018
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Indian Vegetarian Recipe, Palak-Paneer (Spinach and Cottage Cheese Recipe)

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Low calorie Palak-Paneer(Spinach-Cottage Cheese Vegetarian recipe)
Low calorie Palak-Paneer(Spinach-Cottage Cheese Vegetarian recipe) | Source

Paneer-Palak—(Low Calorie Vegetarian Recipe)

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

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

An immensely popular Indian vegetarian recipe called, Palak-Paneer. Palak means Spinach and Paneer means Cottage cheese.

Health benefits of Spinach and Cottage Cheese:

The health benefits of Spinach is known to everyone. It contains ample amount of Vitamin A and C, has fiber, and is recommended to people, with Iron deficiency.

Many interesting recipes can be created with Spinach, without destroying it’s nutritional value and they are delicious.

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.

Paneer or Cottage Cheese can be easily prepared fresh at home, anytime.

Home made Paneer is not only soft, but also fresh.


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 butte,r or refined oil
  • 1 teaspoonful finely chopped garlic
  • 1 or 2 green chilly
  • salt to taste
  • Lots of Love and Care
Fresh, hand picked spinach leaves
Fresh, hand picked spinach leaves | Source
Home made Cottage cheese or Paneer
Home made Cottage cheese or Paneer | Source
Wash, clean and cook spinach on heat, without oil or water, to soften it.
Wash, clean and cook spinach on heat, without oil or water, to soften it. | Source
Let the spinach cool and then purée it in the mixer
Let the spinach cool and then purée it in the mixer | Source
The finished Cottage cheese and spinach vegetarian recipe, popularly called Palak-Paneer.
The finished Cottage cheese and spinach vegetarian recipe, popularly called Palak-Paneer. | Source

Instructions for making Paneer:

  • Heat 1 liters of toned milk. bring it to boil.
  • Turn off the heat. Add 2 tablespoonful of lemon juice to the boiled milk.
  • Stir with a flat spoon and let it curdle.
  • Add more lemon juice, if required. The solid paneer will be separated and the liquid would appear transparent.
  • Pass the mixture through a sieve or a muslin cloth.
  • The paneer will get collected in the sieve.
  • One liter of milk will give 200 gm. of Paneer.
  • Let the Paneer cool down, before adding it to the spinach paste.

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.

The health benefits of Paneer:

Paneer is rich in minerals such as--

Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus and Selenium.

It also helps to prevent certain chronic diseases like Diabetes, High blood pressure, and also prevents certain Cancers.

Paneer is good for weight maintenance, since it is low in calorie. It also delays aging.

It helps to lower the bad cholesterol.

It is a rich source of protein, therefore good for skin and hair.


10 health benefits of Spinach, Source: YouTube

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To sum up:

Precautions or useful Tips:

1. Whenever you are preparing something with Paneer, please remember not to overcook it, as the Paneer will turn rubbery, 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.

Note: Don't miss the video!

Chitrangada Sharan

Low calorie vegetarian recipes, source: You tube

4 Best Indian Paneer Recipes, Source: YouTube

Quick spinach recipe, Indian style, source: YouTube

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Which is your favourite low calorie vegetarian recipe? Please share in the comments section.

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 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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      Kylyssa Shay 

      3 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 

      4 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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      Andrew Spacey 

      4 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 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

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

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      rose-the planner 

      4 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 

      4 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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      tastiger04 

      4 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 

      5 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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      Kathryn 

      5 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 

      5 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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      Susan Britton 

      5 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 

      5 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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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It looks so delicious love the idea of this recipe thanks

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 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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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 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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      cashmere 

      5 years ago from India

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 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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      vespawoolf 

      5 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 

      5 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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      Indian Chef 

      5 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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      Deb Hirt 

      5 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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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 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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      IAmForbidden 

      5 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 

      5 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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      By Lori 

      5 years ago from USA

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

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