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Baked Palak Paneer Recipe:
Ingredients for Baked Palak Paneer Recipe
- Blanched spinach puree 1 cup
- Cottage cheese cut into cubes 1/2 cup
- Oil 2 tablespoons
- Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
- Garlic finely chopped 2 teaspoons
- Ginger to taste
- Medium onion finely chopped 1
- Salt to taste
- Green chillies finely chopped 2-3
- Mozzarella cheese 100 grams
- Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon to sprinkle
- Fresh cream 2 tablespoons
- Green capsicum cut into thin strips for garnishing
Method of Preparation:
Step 1: Boil or blanch spinach in a saucepan or kadai. Make sure to not use a pressure cooker to do the same. Once the spinach is blanched, you grind the blanched spinach in a grinder. It should make a thick paste. You can also add grated ginger and chillies while grinding spinach. Keep the spinach aside.
Step 2: Take a pan and heat 1 spoon oil/ghee/butter and add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds aka jeera and let it add the flavor. Now add finely chopped onions and grated/finely chopped garlic to the mix. Sauce till the onions and garlic turn golden brown.
Step 3: Now add spinach to the same and add salt to taste. Cook for about 2-3 mins.
Step 4: Cut pieces of paneer into cubes and mix paneer cubes, some fresh thick cream, and mozzarella cheese together in a bowl.
Step 5: Take a glass dish/ baking dish. Create the first layer with palak/ spinach mix first. Then add the paneer, cream, and mozzarella cheese ( you can choose to stick to only paneer and only a little cheese in case if you want to stick to your macros of making your meal a low fat too) mix on the top. Sprinkle some garam masala at the top.
Step 6: Last step to make baked palak paneer is to bake the mix in a preheated oven or microwave oven for about 15 mins.
Your baked palak paneer is ready to serve!
Cooking time: 25-30mins
Baked Palak Paneer can be served with jeera rice, roti or just plain baked palak paneer alone. It is also a keto recipe too.
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