So the guessing game was fun. Thank you all for the comments. Yes, you all have guessed it right the main ingredients were paneer (famer’s cheese) and spinach. Here goes the recipe for the yummy and delicious recipe from my mom’s kitchen.
For making the paneer bowls:-
Farmer’s cheese (Paneer): ½ kg
Wheat flour (Maida): ½ cup
Spinach paste (Palak shaakh bata): 1 large bowl
Garlic (Rasun): 10 -12 cloves, chopped finely
Ginger paste (Ada bata): 1 teaspoon
Sugar (Chini): ½ teaspoon
Turmeric powder (Halud guro): ½ teaspoon
Chilli powder (Sukhno lanka guro): 1 teaspoon
Sunflower oil (Sada tel): 5 tablespoons for frying
Salt to taste
For making the gravy:-
Cashew nuts (Kaju badam): 30 gms
Poppy seeds (Posto): 100 gms
Green cardamom (Choto elaichi): 3-4
Cinnamon (Darchini): One 1″ size
Cloves (Labango): 3-4
Green chili (Kanch LAnka): 3 – 4
Sunflower oil (Sada tel): 1 tablespoon
For making the paneer bowls:-
- Take the paneer, wheat flour and salt in a large bowl and knead well to make dough. The dough shouldn’t be very soft, depending on the water content of the farmer’s cheese.
- Make two inch diameter spheres from the dough
- Using your hand make them into small bowls to hold the spinach
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok
- As the oil becomes piping hot sauté the onions in it
- Throw in the chopped garlic and ginger paste just as the onions turn golden
- Add the spinach paste when the oil starts separating from the sautéed spices
- Put in the turmeric and chili powder along with salt and sugar
- Fry till the spinach gets dry
- Take it out of flame and let it cool down completely
- Take a large tablespoon of the fried spinach paste and put it into the paneer bowls
- Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the fried spinach paste filled paneer bowls in batches
- Drain the excess oil using a kitchen paper
The fried bowls are an ideal snack for any evening party, or you can even use it as a starter along with tomato sauce. Read on if you want to make it into a curry.
For the curry:-
- In a mixer grinder put in cashew nuts, poppy seeds, green chilies and ½ cup of water, make it into a smooth paste
- Heat oil in a wok and throw in cinnamon, cardamom and cloves
- As they start popping pour in the poppy paste along with salt and sauté till the oil starts leaving
- Carefully add the fried farmer’s cheese bowls to the gravy and cook uncovered for 5 minutes
- Take out from flame and serve with rice, paratha or roti
This dish was a instant hit among all my relatives when my mom cooked it for the first time. Though a little tedious and take almost 1 hour to prepare from the raw materials to the dining table, but the outcome is worth all these hard work. Look for more recipe here, till then Happy Cooking and Happy Eating.
Also this recipe is heading for the EFM-Savouries hosted by Srilekha.
15 thoughts on “Palak in Paneer Bowl”
That looks like an excellent variation on the traditional palak paneer, I will have to give it a try!
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Very innovative…liked the concept a lot…the final dish looks amazing
Thanks for dropping by. I always found that palak paneer cooked in the same old style, so thought of just making a little difference. And believe me with the white gravy it tastes really good.
Hi Nice blog and good stuff too…
I would like to know that, which typing tool are used by Bengali blogers for typing in Bengali….?
Recently, when I was searching for the user friendly Indian Language typing tool and found “quillpad”. do you know about it…? are they using the same….?
Thanks for the comment Santhosh, and apologies for replying so late.
Since we don’t use Bengali fonts at Bengalicuisine, so can’t really tell you about it. But there are several websites in bengali font – you could ask their authors. Here’re a couple of them:
1. Indira of http://sonartoree.blogspot.com/
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Looks very unique and appealing!
Your mom gave a great twist to a regular dish! Nice one:)
Yeh you were absolutely right. There is a little different variation of the stuffing , I may put that up in my following posts.
yippeee! i guessed it rite sudeshna 🙂
Lovely recipe…very diff.
so was I ….! damn rite
WOw kinda delicious dish..lovely n yummy!!
Yes definitely you were correct. Thanks for visiting
Ahh so I was rite ..hehe…looks very delicious..like both dry and gravy part..thanks for the wonderful recipe..