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How to make palak paneer

"Palak(spinach) paneer(cottage cheese) is a north Indian cuisine dish cooked with fresh spinach(palak) leaves and cottage cheese in a thick gravy. Make sure not to over cook the palak as it losses its taste."
Paneer(cottage cheese)-----200 gms
Spinach(palak)---------------800 gms
Garlic chopped---------------7-8 cloves
Cumin seeds------------------1/2 tsp
Lemon juice-------------------1/2 tbsp
Fresh cream(optional)-------3 tbsps
Tomato chopped---------------1 no
Salt-------------------------------to taste
Oil--------------------------------3 tbsp

  1. Wash spinach(palak) thoroughly and squeeze out the excess water from it.
  2. First cut paneer into finely squared shape and heat 1 tsp of oil in a non stick pan and fry both sides of the paneer to golden brown in order to remove its sour taste.
  3. Now grind the spinach(palak) into a fine paste and keep it aside.
  4. Heal oil in a pan add cumin/jeera seeds and when it changes it colour add garlic and tomato chopped and saute well until tendered.
  5. Now add the spinach(palak) puree and check seasoning and add water if required.
  6. When the gravy comes to  boil, add paneer and mix well.
  7. Stir in lemon juice. 
  8. Finely add the fresh cream and serve hot with chapati or steamed rice.

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