Palak Paneer

Thursday, August 05, 2010

food painting for the vegetarian cookbook by Fiona Morgan
Creamy. Easy. Light. Cheesy.


Food painting artwork

30 x 30 cm acrylic on canvas. Surreal and slightly magical childrens book interpretation involving a spinach forest on a stormy night overlooked by bright cheese stars. I did say surreal didn't I?
By the way, all the food painting artwork is available to own in the Official Art Store.


The meatless meals recipe

This is an aromatic Indian spinach and cheese dish. Many versions of palak paneer include tomatoes but this one is a tomato free zone. Although I am somewhat over Indian cuisine after ODing on it while living in the UK, this is one that I'll happily eat anytime. It does help that it's not arseburningly hot and not overstuffed with onions.

250g spinach, washed thoroughly and chopped fine
1/2 cup stock
1 large bay leaf
3 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
a pinch to 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder, or just enough to give a hint of warmth for you
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 1/2 teaspoons cummin seeds
1 tablespoon oil or butter
1 teaspoon grated ginger
100g haloumi or paneer cheese cut into 1 or 2 cm cubes
3 tablespoons creamed cottage cheese or cream

Simmer the spinach on medium heat with HALF the garam masala, all the cinnamon, bay leaf and stock for 20 minutes or until this has all broken down into a thick sauce. Puree this if you want.
In a separate frypan, lightly fry chilli, garlic and cummin seeds in the oil/butter just until the garlic begins to golden.
Add this fried mix, the rest of the garam masala, ginger, haloumi and cottage cheese to the spinach sauce and stir through.
Salt to taste.
That's it!

Serves 2 on rice.

More vegetarian cookbook goodies

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Want to check out more vegetarian dinner recipes? They're all in the Table of Contents.

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