Saag Paneer

Kale, I love you

You might remember my adventures in paneer making. They went so well that I decided to tackle another Indian classic – saag paneer.

Traditionally this dish is lots of spinach with cheese in a creamy curry sauce.

I made this cheese with my own fair hands

But I’m a bit tired of spinach. It’s become that friend.

The friend who says they have to stay at yours temporarily while their house gets painted (two weeks..max!).

A month later they’re still there, watching cartoons in their underwear and leaving all their hair in the shower drain.

spinach, your time has come

Basically what I’m saying is that spinach and I need some time apart to re-evaluate our friendship.

So I invited Spinach’s better behaved alter ego to this party (kale) and everything went swimmingly.

This is more of a side dish so, if you do serve for dinner, make lots and bulk it up with rice, quinoa or  naan bread. These will soak up the creamy curry juices.

And on that note…

Saag Paneer (serves 2)

  • 1 cup paneer, cut into cubes
  • 1 large bunch or 4 cups chopped kale
  • 3 tbsps butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/4 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsps fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  1. Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a pan. When hot, add the paneer and fry for a few minutes until they brown. Remove from pan and set aside.

    qu: what’s better than cheese? ans: FRIED cheese

  2. Add two more tbsps of butter to the same pan followed by the onion, garlic, ginger and spices. Saute for 4 minutes ’til the onion softens. Add the kale. Depending on how large your pan is, you might need to do this in batches. That’s fine. Just keep sauteing until the kale wilts. It should take about five minutes for all the kale to wilt and soften.
  3. When this happens, add the paneer cubes, stir for a few minutes more then take the pan off the heat and stir in the cream. Serve immediately.

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26 thoughts on “Saag Paneer

  1. I made paneer last week, after being inspired by your post. I didn’t cook it into any dishes though, just did a trial-run and enjoyed it all by itself. It was super simple, and tasted so fresh. I’ll have to try it with these spices next time :)

  2. Kale – I love it too!!!
    And I seriously love your blog. :D
    In honour of your gorgeous creativity and support of all things healthy and delicious I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You’re so deserving and more people need to know about your blog! It’s really up to you if you choose to participate or not, but I wanted to acknowledge you anyway. All the details are here at my latest post http://cauldronsandcupcakes.com/2012/05/30/my-one-lovely-blog-award/
    Love and Light, Nicole xx

    • Oh wow Nicole, this is such a lovely comment. Thanks so much for your support and the award – you’re awesome! I’ll check it out now and then pour myself a celebratory glass of wine :) Thanks again

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