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.
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
- 1 tbsp 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 tbsp grated ginger
- 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 green chilies
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 cup water
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup paneer, placed in hot water
- 1 tbsp 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.