June 27, 2017

Instapot Palak or Saag Paneer

Instapot Palak Paneer

When it comes to trying out a new technology, A is better than me. He got us hooked to Echo (now kids have more conversation with Alexa than us), fitbit, and now Instapot.

When we got it last year, he was the one who cooked food in it - delicious egg curry, then sambar, rice, dal and Palak paneer was the ultimate. Since it is Lil A's favorite we make it every week.

And soon enough I was hooked to the Instapot too. The masala chole was another discovery. But I digress.

I cook the palak in the instapot and saute the paneer in a pan and it's ready within 30 minutes.  The one trick I have learned is to add some herbs with the greens and it makes it taste fresh and delicious.

Here is how to do it.

1 big bunch of greens - I have used both Palak (spinach) and Chard fairly regularly and both come out well.
cilantro - handful, chopped
1 medium onion - chopped
1 tspoon ginger and garlic paste
1 medium tomato - chopped
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1/4 tspoom red chilli powder (I make mine with no chillies, but you can add heat as per your taste.)
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
2 bay leaves
1 tspoon cumin seeds
1/2 tspoon garam masala powder
1 tbspoon oil
2 tspoons ghee
salt to taste
1 packet of nanak paneer - chopped into cubes

Instapot Palak Paneer

Heat the instapot to saute, add the ghee and then add the cumin seeds and bay leaves.

Immediately add the ginger garlic past and saute for a minute. Then add the chopped onions and let it cook for a couple of minutes.

Then add the chopped tomato along with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and let it cook for another couple of minutes.

Now add the greens except for a handful and the cilantro. Add a cup of water and mix it all well. Let it saute for another minute and then change the setting to poulty and cook for 20 minutes.

You can still follow the same steps without an instapot.

The leftover handful of greens - soak it in hot water and take it out immediately.

In a saute pan, add the oil and saute the paneer cubes - a couple of minutes on either side. Then soak it in salty warm water.

Take the greens out, add the wilted greens and puree it together. The wilted green gives it a vibrant color.

Add in the paneer pieces and serve with parathas or rotis.

1 comment:

  1. I literally started having hunger pangs halfway through the post. It looks amazing and I bet it also tastes delicious too. It is the perfect dish to cook up in this rainy season. I can’t wait to try it . Looking forward to reading more delectable recipes in the upcoming posts.


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