June 27, 2017

Instant pot Palak Paneer, 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 Instant pot.

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 Instant pot 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 instant pot to saute, add the ghee, and temper with cumin seeds and bay leaves.

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

Next, 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 and cilantro. Add 1/2 cup of water (if needed) and mix it all well. The greens let out a lot of water, so any more will make it soupy.

Let it saute for another minute and then change the setting to poultry and set the timer for 18 minutes.

You can still follow the same steps without an instant pot.

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, and puree it together.

Add in the paneer pieces and serve with parathas, rice 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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