Sunday, May 1, 2011

Spinach and Tomatoes with Paneer

My mom was in town for a visit and of course we did some Indian cooking while she was here. One night, we made a vegetarian dinner that included spinach and tomatoes with paneer. We used an updated paneer recipe from Vij's second book, and it is actually a lot better in both texture and taste than the recipe I previously posted.

Spinach and Tomatoes with Paneer
Adapted from Vij's At Home
Yield: 4-6 servings, as a side dish
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1/3 cup vegetable oil
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3/4 can diced tomatoes, liquid removed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp ground coriander
5 cloves
1 tsp cayenne pepper
10 oz paneer, cut into bite-size cubes
3 bunches fresh spinach, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  1. In a large pot, heat oil on medium heat for 1 minute.

  2. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds.

  3. Stir in tomatoes.

  4. Add salt, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cloves, and cayenne. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the oil glistens on top.

  5. Stir in paneer and spinach and mix well.

  6. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.

Adapted from Vij's At Home
Yield: 10 oz
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1/2 cup water
2L whole milk
1/4 cup white vinegar

  1. Place water in a large heavy-bottomed pan.

  2. Slowly add milk.

  3. Turn the heat to medium and bring the milk to a boil. This will probably take about 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. As the milk nears the boiling point, watch it very carefully with vinegar in hand.

  5. The milk will start to rise in the pot. Once it has risen 3 inches, turn off the heat.

  6. Swirl in the vinegar (do not stir in). The milk will stop rising, and solids will begin to separate from the liquid. Allow mixture to sit for 10 minutes until the liquid is completely separated from the solids.

  7. Line a fine-mesh sieve with triple-layered cheesecloth and place it in the sink.

  8. Strain the milk mixture through the cheesecloth, leaving the paneer in the sieve for about 15 minutes to drain completely.

  9. Using your hands, gather the edges of the cheesecloth, bringing them together above the paneer. Enclose paneer tightly in the cheesecloth by twisting the gathered edges against the paneer to seal out any air. Tie the gathered ends into a double knot.

  10. Place wrapped paneer on a large plate with a weight on top to flatten the paneer to about 2 inches thick, pressing out any remaining water. Allow paneer to sit for 1 hour.

  11. Unwrap paneer and place on clean plate. With a large sharp knife, cut paneer as desired.

  12. Can be used right away or can be kept, uncut and tightly sealed, in plastic wrap or resealable plastic bag, refrigerated for up to 4 days.

P.S. Happy Birthday D!
P.P.S I start at Hawksworth tomorrow - SO nervous!

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