Tofu/Paneer With Mixed Greens (Saag Paneer / Tofu)

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I had many requests for palak paneer in last few months. The thing is, I don’t prepare palak paneer. V and I must be the only two people in the whole world, who do not care much for this dish. About 5 years ago, I saw a recipe on one of the TV shows, where the chef had used kasoori methi in palak paneer. I tried it once and then gave up. Last week, I had to use up a lot of palak and some firm tofu. So I thought of mixing spinach and some frozen methi (fenugreek) leaves. I did not remember the recipe from TV show, so I made something up. I was wondering what to call it, then I saw this post. So I thought of calling it Saag Paneer. It came out pretty good.

3 cups spinach
2 cups fenugreek leaves
1/2 tea spn garam masala
2 green chillies
1 tea spn ginger paste
1 tea spn garlic paste
1 tea spn cumin seeds
1/2 cup onion
1/2 tea spn amchoor powder
1/2 tea spn red chilli powder
2 cups firm tofu or paneer cubes
A pinch of turmeric
2 tbl spn cream (optional)

Blanch spinach and fenugreek leaves in boiling water for 2 mins. Grind to a smooth paste with green chillies. (I take out some water and use it for chapatis/parathas, remaining water I use for making the paste).
Heat oil and add cumin seeds, ginger paste, garlic paste, onion. When they turn brownish, add turmeric, chilli powder, amchoor powder, garam masala. Fry for few minutes.
Heat a little oil and add tofu or paneer. Fry for few minutes (this step is optional).
Add the paste, salt to onion mixture. Add paneer or tofu. Cook for 5-6 mins. Add cream, cook for a min.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 20mins


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