Sunday, December 16, 2012

Palak Paneer Bhurji ( Shredded Spinach and Crumbled Cottage Cheese)

Spinach and fenugreek leaves are two greens loved by everyone at home. Cottage Cheese in Spinach sauce is on every restaurant 's menu, loved by kids and adults alike

Here is my twist on the famous vegetable, Shredded Spinach with crumbled Cottage Cheese.

Spinach. 2 bundles                                        ( 400gms)
Tomato 4 med.                                              (200gms)
Oil                                                                  2 tbsp
Garlic                                                             1 1/2 tsp heaped (crushed)
Ginger paste                                                  1 1/2 tsp heaped
Green chilly                                                   1/2(finely chopped)
Cumin seeds                                                 1/2 tsp
Onion                                                            3/4cup ( finely chopped)
Cottage Cheese                                             250 gms (grated)
Coriander pd.                                                1 1/2 tsp
Red chilly pd.                                                1 tsp
Turmeric pd.                                                 1/2 tsp
Garam masala pd.                                          a pinch
Salt to taste
Asafoetida                                                    a pinch
Sugar                                                            1 tsp
Lemon juice                                                 1 tsp ( optional )
  1. Blanch , peel and chop tomatoes. Keep them aside.
  2. Pick, clean and wash spinach .Chop it very finely.
  3. Heat oil in a pan.
  4. Add asafoetida and cumin seeds.
  5. Add onion and garlic when cumin seeds turn brown.
  6. Sauté till onions turn golden but are still soft.
  7. Now add tomatoes and ginger paste.
  8. Cook till slightly thick, add coriander pd, red chilly pd. and turmeric pd.
  9. Stir and cook till almost dry.
  10. Add shredded spinach, salt and sugar. Mix well.
  11. Cover and cook till spinach is done.
  12. Add grated cottage cheese. Mix well.
  13. Sprinkle garam masala pd .
  14. Cook till all the water evaporates.
  15. Add lemon juice, if using
  16. Taste and adjust salt.
  17. Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.