Meatless Wednesday: first time making saag paneer!
Found pre-made paneer at our local Costco over the weekend, turned a languishing box of baby spinach into a creamy saag and served with brown basmati rice & red 🌶 from my patio garden. Mashed up a recipe thanks to @foodnetwork & @saveurmag—probably not the most authentic, but hey it tasty.
RECIPE • Saag Paneer
- 1 pack of paneer, cubed
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 med onion, diced
- 4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
- thumb of ginger, minced
- box of spinach, chopped (roughly 5 large handfuls, pre chop)
- ~1 tbsp garam masala
- dash of cumin
- quarter bunch of cilantro, chopped
- heavy shake of cayenne
- 1/2 c water
- salt to taste
- 1/2 c of heavy cream
1. Whisk cayenne, turmeric, salt and oil together and coat paneer cubes; let marinate while chopping other ingredients
2. Brown paneer cubes over medium heat—set aside. (These make a nice snack while the saag is coming together....)
3. Bloom garlic and ginger in some oil, then add in onion in and cook down until caramelized, about 15 min
4. Add in garam masala, cumin, cayenne, cook for another few min
5. Add in spinach and cilantro. Mix with onion and spice mixture. Add water and salt and let cook until spinach is soft
6. Add in cream and come back to a boil. I actually added in a cornstarch slurry because I felt it was not thick enough (prob my being impatient and not letting it cook down enough)
7. Add in paneer, boil for a few minutes, serve over rice or with some naan/roti and enjoy!
Leftovers are easily heated up in a pot with a splash of cream or coconut milk.