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December 31, 2010

PALAK PANEER – SINDHI STYLE

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I tried this from Mallika badrinath’s cookbook.It tasted excellent and easy to prepare. Its a nice combo for roti  & naan..

palak paneer

INGREDIENTS 
  • SPINACH/ PALAK bunches – 2  nos (medium size ) or 2 cups of leaves.
  • Paneer – 1/2 cup
  • Butter or  Ghee or oil – 2 tbsp
To grind
  • Big onion – 2 nos.
  • Tomato – 4 nos
  • Green chilly – 3 - 5 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • coriander leaves – 1/4 bunch
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Cardamom – 1 no
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 inch length
  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Khus khus / poppy seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Dhaniya powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera / cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Fresh cream or malai ( Milk skin/paalaadai) - 1 tbsp

METHOD
  • Wash & chop the spinach leaves .Heat oil in a kadai and saute the leaves till it shrinks and cook well..set aside.
  • Grind all the ingredients given under "to grimd"  to a smooth paste and finally add the cooked palak .. Grind smoothly and set aside.
  • Heat a kadai with ghee / oil and add the ground paste. Saute till the raw smell disappears.
  • Take the paneer cubes and put it in boiling water for 15 mins.Put the paneer cubes in the masala and add little water.
  • Cover cook for sometime stirring in between.
  • Switch off the flame and add few drops of lime juice and a tbsp of cream . Mix well & serve..
Enjoy hot with roti, naan ..

KITCHEN CLINIC 


PALAK / SPINACH  

Spinach is one of the top 10 healthy vegetables that you can eat. This wonder green leafy vegetable can be eaten in many different ways but to enjoy it's maximum nutritional value, it should be consumed fresh (juice), steamed, or quickly boiled.
Apart from being a rich source of many vitamins like A, B, C, E and K, spinach is also rich in many essential minerals like manganese, magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium. Additionally it is known to be a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, niacin and selenium.
It's benefits have been well known for a long time. Although, with researches happening frequently, more benefits as well as drawbacks are being discovered. In World war I, the french soldiers were said to be given spinach juice mixed with wine, to help the blood loss due to injuries.
Spinach falls under the category of protective food group. In fact all vegetables and fruits that are rich in beta -carotene and ascorbic acid, fall in this category as well. you might ask, "why the name protective?". The reason is that beta-carotene (which is converted into vitamin A) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) help support the body's resistance and protect against infection and ailments.
* Spinach is an extremely powerful antioxidant. It contains 4 times more beta-carotene and 3 times more lutein than broccoli. Hence, it helps in destroying the free radicals in the body and thus prevents against cancer. It is rich in fibre that helps lower the blood cholesterol.
* Consumption of spinach and other leafy greens may help in curing depression. The reason being high levels of folic acid present in spinach. It is proven that folic acid deficiency can cause severe depression, irritability, forgetfulness and even insomnia. Spinach and other greens can help in raising the folic acid level in a natural way.
* Spinach juice has the ability to reduce pain. The anti-inflammatory properties of greens can help in reducing pains in arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Mix spinach juice with the juice of carrot, beetroot and celery, is a remedy for pain relief in arthritis. The alkalinity of this juice dissolves the deposits around the joints to reduce pain and swelling .
* Spinach juice is a natural diuretic. Spinach juice mixed with tender coconut water can be given during bladder infections to increase the urine formation.
* Drinking spinach juice twice a day may help in correcting the power of the eyes. A friend of mine once did that and in one month, she no longer needed spectacles.

Drawbacks

As with most foods even spinach comes with a few drawbacks.

Due to the presence of oxalates in spinach, people with existing kidney stones or gallbladder stone problems should avoid eating raw spinach.
Due to the presence of goitrogens in spinach, people with thyroid problems should also avoid raw spinach.


WISH U ALL A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR  :)


22 comments :

  1. Really looks so tempting...

    Happy New Year 2011 !!!

    Pongal Feast Event

    Kurinji

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  2. Looks very inviting...

    Wishing a happy year ahead to you and your family.

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  3. Oh my....the gravy looks tooo...awesome!!! You have a yummilicious blog here & now ur happy follower!!! Wishing u & ur family a very happy & prosperous new year..;) Do drop into my space sometime..ciao..

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  4. lovely palak paneer...wishin u a veryhappy newyear 2011..

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  5. Wow.. Paalak Paneer looks absolutely mouth watering.
    Wish you and your family a very Happy & Healthy New Year.

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  6. I Love your kitchen clinic section, always look forward to reading that.Way to go, Happy new year to you.

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  7. Delicious!! Best wishes for 2011!!

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  8. Very tempting bowl of goodness. I too like Mallika Badrinath mam's recipes. Lovely doily too. Wishing you and family a bright and prosperous new year dear. May all your dreams come true Chitra.

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  9. Very greeny and fresh.Looks inviting.Thanks for the wonderful post.

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  10. Lovely green color. Looks healthy with all the spinach and paneer in there!

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  11. Happy new year!!!!!
    Palak paneer looks perect and delicious dear :)

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  12. tempting and healthy sabji....

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  13. defferent recipe beautiful color and texture..

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  14. Looks very good..like the creamy texture.

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  16. That's interesting recipe and it's got so much spices in it. Cool dish ;D

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  17. Nice recipe,new template looks neat and bright!

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  18. palak paneer looks so delicious! loved the recipe...

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