Plant Based Recipe: Palak (no) Paneer

Palak Paneer is a delicious, spinach based Indian dish, utilizing lots of spices.          Paneer is type of Indian cheese, that I replace with non-dairy cheese.


Ingredients:    (organic, if possible)

1 tbsp. coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil

1-16 oz, or 2-10 oz. packages of frozen spinach

1 medium onion, chopped

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2-3 oz. vegan cheese, cubed

1 cup of water

1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated

1 tsp. coriander

1 tsp, cumin

1 tsp. curry

1 tsp. garam masala

1 tsp. pepper flakes

1 tsp. turmeric

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Directions:

Heat oil in a large frying pan, or a medium size saucer pan. Add onions and cook them for 10 minutes. Add all other ingredients, except the cheese. Once the spinach warms up, mix and continue cooking on low heat for  another 10 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend it until its smooth. Pour mixture back into the pan, add cubed cheese and warm it for 5-10 minutes.

Notes:

  • Certain types of non-dairy cheeses will melt when heated, the one I use, stays together and taste similar to paneer.
  • This dish uses a lot of spices, to make it easier on the stomach, I specified moderate amounts. Feel free to add more, if you like it really spicy.
  • Can be served with rice, or Naan (Indian bread)

Total time: ~45 minutes | Total calories: 540  |  2-3 servings


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