Spinach and cheese palak paneer is one of our favorite Indian dishes.
We love wholesome, healthy vegetarian recipes in our home. We also love traditional French recipes too. (Proof : our Classic Boeuf Bourguignon recipe!)
If you are searching for delicious, healthy, vegetarian recipes, Indian cuisine is a wonderful place to start. We love eating vegetable curries and soups and we are often inspired by Indian cuisine.
If you haven’t been yet, on your next trip to Paris, we highly recommend you check out the Indian neighborhood of Paris in the 10th arrondissement. Just a short walk or metro ride from the center of Paris and you find yourself in a whole new world! The air is perfumed with traditional Indian spices, you can find a selection of fruits that are hard to find in traditional French stores and the majority of the population is clearly Indian. This neighborhood is so rich in culture and such an offbeat, fun, foodie travel experience.
This is not the first time we have talked about this lovely neighborhood we hold dear to our hearts. You can check out our photos, and get our yummy cheese naan recipe in our post : Little India : Passage Brady in Paris and Indian Cheese Naan Recipe.
Spinach and cheese palak paneer is one of our Winter staples. (Oh and we eat it in the Summer too!) After a long, cold, Winter walk around our city, we love to come home and eat this creamy, nutritious, vegetarian curry. We are really excited to be sharing our recipe with you today. We are sure that this is about to become your favorite home-cooked curry too.
One thing though : at the moment, we have not yet made homemade paneer. Paneer is a traditional Indian cheese that we hear is actually not that difficult to make and we will be trying it soon. In the meantime, we are using a soft French cheese as a paneer replacement. It’s surely not as good as the real stuff, but it makes making this curry a bit simpler and faster. Feel free to replace our French Laughing Cow cheese with a soft cheese that you can find near you or make your own paneer. (We will be trying this soon and sharing it with you.) If you are tempted to make your own paneer, check out this homemade paneer recipe from our friend, Richa, at My Food Story.
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Grab the people you love most and make this tasty spinach and cheese palak paneer. You will be happy you did.
Do you make Indian recipes at home? What are your favorite dishes? If you’re more Indian take-out peeps, what are you favorite Indian dishes to order?
We are dedicating a bit of blog space this month to our favorite Indian dishes – starting with this spinach and cheese palak paneer and continuing with chickpea chana masala, yellow dal and a creamy Indian raita filled with delicious cucumber. Stay tuned!
- 300g of fresh spinach
- 100g of laughing cow cheese, another soft cheese or paneer
- 1 red onion (peeled and sliced)
- 1 garlic clove (peeled and finely chopped)
- 2 ripe tomatoes (dice) or 150g of tomato sauce
- 1 tsp of garam masala
- 1 tsp of paprika
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1inch of fresh ginger (peeled and grated)
- 1 fresh chili pepper (finely chopped)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Remove the spinach stems.
- Heat olive oil in a casserole on medium heat.
- Add onion and a pinch of salt and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add paprika, turmeric, garam masala, ginger, pepper and garlic and cook for 4 minutes.
- Add the spinach in 3 parts, waiting until the spinach softens before adding the next part.
- Add the paneer (or cheese) and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the fresh chili and tomatoes and cover and cook on low heat for 15 minutes.
- Serve with rice and cheese naan.
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