Sunday, May 5, 2013

METHI PALAK CHAMAN ( Paneer in Methi - Spinach Gravy )


Methi Palak Chaman is a paneer preparation cooked with methi (fenugreek) and  palak (spinach) gravy combined with cream and spices. It is a very flavourful and nutritious dish supposed to be originated from the Valley of Kashmir. I remember reading somewhere that paneer is nown as tsaman in Kashmir which eventually must have become chaman in other places...

Ingredients:
Paneer ( Indian Cottage Cheese) -  1 cup (cubed)
Palak / spinach ...........              . 1 & 1/2 cups
Methi / fenugreek leaves ..             1 cup
Green chillies ............    2-3 ( as per your preference)
Onions ......................    1/2 cup (finely chopped)
Ginger paste ............ 1 tsp
Garlic paste ............ 1 tsp
Coriander powder .... 1 tsp
Turmeric powder .... 1/4 tsp
Garam masala ........ 1/2 tsp
Salt ................ to taste
Oil .............1- 2 tbsps
Butter / ghee ..1 - 2 tbsps
Fresh cream .... 3-4 tbsps

Tempering:
Cumin seeds ... 1/2 tsp (crushed)
Crushed garlic .. 2-3 cloves
Asafoetida ....... a pinch
Dry red chillies .. 1-2
Oil / ghee ....... 1 tbsp



Method:
1. Blanch the palak and methi .. Blend and set aside.
2. Heat Butte ror ghee  and oil. Add the ginger, garlic, green chillies and onion. Saute until translucent.
3. Add the salt and spices and mix well.
4. Add the paneer cubes ( with or without frying ) and enough water for the gravy. (as per your preference). Let it simmer to cook.
5. When it is almost done, stir in the cream and mix gently. Give one boil and remove from the gas.
6. Heat a little ghee and add the tempering ingredients, first the dry ones and then the crushed garlic.
7. Mix the tempering carefully to the prepared sabzi.


Tip: Adding the tempering in the end gives a nice look and flavour to the dish.
Steps 5, 6, and 7 should preferably be done just before serving.
Serve with rotis/ naans/ parathas ....


24 comments:

  1. quite an interesting preparation...

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  2. Looks awesome... Loved the clicks Shobha :-)

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  3. hey shobha this one looks even better and ur tempering is great

    glad u loved it

    thanks for linking up

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  4. Nice combination... Thanks for linking Dear..

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  5. delicious... looks so tempting.. Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
    Sowmya
    Event - WTML w giveaway

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  6. Loved this yummy combo with paneer. Must be a very aromatic and flavorful dish.

    today's post:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/05/baked-veggies.html

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  7. What a deliciously healthy dish - it looks and sounds wonderful. I am always looking for new ways to use spinach as it is such a healthy food and it's so good for you too. Thank you for sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  8. Delicious Methi Palak curry.
    Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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    1. Thanks Swathi and always a pleasure to link in your event

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