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Low Calorie Indian Vegetarian Recipe : Palak-Paneer (Spinach-Cottage Cheese).
Palak-Paneer or Spinach n Cottage Cheese
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.
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- 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
Preparing spinach paste
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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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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