Curried Spinach and Paneer
with Fragrant Cilantro Basmati
Tonight, we're bringing you a lighter version of the traditional saag paneer curry which pairs delicious Indian cottage cheese with spinach and spices. We've added fresh tomatoes and aromatic shallots for a flavour-packed veggie wonder!
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Dal Spice Blend
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Before starting, wash and dry all produce. Peel, then mince or grate 1 tbsp ginger (dbl for 4 ppl). Cut tomatoes into 1/2-inch pieces. Roughly chop cilantro. Zest lemon, then cut into wedges. Cut paneer into 1/2-inch cubes. Peel, then cut shallot into 1/4-inch pieces. Peel, then mince or grate garlic.
Heat a medium pot over medium heat. When hot, add 1/2 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl), then half the cilantro, half the garlic and half the ginger. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1 min. Add rice. Cook, stirring often, until rice is toasted, 2-3 min. Add 1 1/4 cups water and 1/8 tsp salt (dbl both for 4 ppl) and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 12-14 min. Remove the pot from heat. Set aside, still covered.
Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tbsp butter, then swirl the pan until melted, 1 min. Add paneer and season with salt and pepper. (NOTE: Don't overcrowd the pan; cook paneer in 2 batches for 4 ppl, using 1 tbsp butter per batch!) Pan-fry, turning paneer occasionally, until crispy and golden, 5-6 min. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Using the same pan, reduce heat to medium. Add 1 tbsp butter (dbl for 4 ppl), then swirl the pan until melted, 1 min. Add shallots and tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes soften, 4-5 min. Add Dal Spice Blend, remaining garlic and remaining ginger. Season with salt. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1-2 min.
Add spinach and 2 tbsp water (dbl for 4 ppl) to the pan. (NOTE: For 4 ppl, add spinach in 2 batches.) Cook, stirring often, until spinach wilts and sauce is well combined, 2-3 min. Remove the pan from heat. Add sour cream and crispy paneer, then stir to combine. Season with salt, to taste.
Fluff rice with a fork, then stir in lemon zest. Divide rice between plates, then top with spinach and paneer. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro. Squeeze a lemon wedge over top, if desired.