I am someone like you. Hey you! Yes. I am talking to you.
There are days when having a 5 minute quick shower is by itself a luxury. I have eaten my breakfast in the car. I have walked around in my brand new outfit with a price tag till attached. I have driven like a crazy Formula 1 driver to pick my kid right before the school closes. I have grabbed takeouts for dinner on the way back home from work. I have talked to myself every time I need to make a checklist for the week. I use outlook calender to create even a reminder to drink water.
I am a mom to two beautiful kids and that summons it all. I know you will nod your head in agreement when I say that 24 hours isn’t enough. Do I have to say anything more?
When it comes to cooking, I always chooses a quick meal that doesn’t call for elaborate cooking. Some dishes can be made with ease. It doesn’t need that extra time, extra pampering or extra chopping. On a weeknight, all I want to do is to grab the ingredients, throw them inside the pressure cooker and let it cook as I spend the precious few hours with my kids. One such dish which has become our family favorite is Palak Paneer. You can always find baby spinach in my fridge. I buy huge packets of vegetables and fruits from Costco. I use handful of baby spinach or spring mix in my green smoothie almost everyday. So I need to store all the possible fresh and frozen produce in the fridge.
If given a chance, my husband would eat in a restaurant day in and day out. On weeknights, he gets too lazy to drive after a long day and for people like him, there are online food delivery company. Even I would love that luxury on days I pressed for time. I keep teasing him that he should start a company that would serve restaurant food at the doorstep. Foodpanda India is one such leading online marketplace for food delivery. The company provides an online and mobile marketplace with widest gastronomic range, enabling restaurants to bring their menus online and extend their customer base. They are active in 19 Indian cities and has over 3000 restaurants available and the food gets delivered for free. You can use their smartphone app and order food from any where. How cool is that?
While you guys explore that, I am running to fix today’s lunch which is Palak Paneer. My son loves it. It’s creamy, soft and fresh. Today’s recipe is as good as those found in Indian restaurants. Palak Paneer is a simple dish that can be made in less than 30 minutes. You can add carrots or peas or brocoli or kale to make it even more healthy. I add atleast one other vegetable as this is an easy way to sneak veggies in our meal.I serve it with rice or roti. Keep it simple, make it creamy and make sure that baby spinach is fresh. That’s the key. You can add heavy cream or milk towards end to make it creamy. I used store bought paneer for this recipe but if you have the time, prepare it fresh. You can see the recipe to make homemade paneer here.
PRESSURE COOKER METHOD: PALAK PANEER
Recipe Source: Self
Serves: A family of 4Cooking
Level: Easy, Beginners
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 handful baby spinach, washed and coarsely chopped
- 1 medium red onion, quartered
- 1 ripe tomato, quartered
- 1/4 cup brocolli (optional)
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 green chilies
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 cup water
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup paneer, placed in hot water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- In a pressure cooker, combine oil, baby spinach, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, green chilies and turmeric powder. Add 1/2 cup water and cook for three whistles. Once cooled, pulse it in a food processor or hand blender. I like to serve it little coarse and not smooth. So you can puree it if you want.
- Add the soft paneer and lemon juice. Check for salt and serve hot with roti or rice.