Spinach is probably not the most popular as far as vegetables go. I mean, can it really compete with red or yellow bell peppers (show offs), carrots, tomatoes, potatoes (!) or sweet corn for God’s sake?
Let’s face it, aside from Popeye, there are not too many people who will profess such affection for spinach and Popeye’s a cartoon, so I’m not sure about the strength of his recommendations.
Poor dark and brooding spinach, is probably resigned to it’s role as a second bit player to more thrilling scene stealers like cheese.
That certainly is the case for palak paneer which is a thick Indian curry with pureed spinach and cheese. The combination is genius in taste and the spinach, excitingly, more than holds up it’s end in this dish.
Palak paneer is a popular dish in Indian restaurants, and certainly one of my oldest daughter’s favorite. We move around a lot because of my husband’s job so I have lived in many parts of the US.
We lived in a small town in Mississippi a few years ago which didn’t have any Indian restaurants and we were desperate for palak paneer. You can find spinach everywhere but the Indian cheese or paneer is a different matter.
So what did I do? Make paneer of course! It is easier than you think and thanks to You Tube I was able to make paneer.
Isn’t You Tube amazing? I have learned to pipe cupcake frosting, fix my dyson vacuum cleaner, change my road bike tire and dance the cupid shuffle (so I could lead it for my 30th high school reunion!), all thanks to the wonders of You Tube!
Anyways, there is a fabulous woman; Manjula, who has her own Youtube channel on Indian cooking. Manjula has certainly revolutionized the way I cook Indian food, so my family and I are immensely grateful. Shukriya Aunty!
I highly recommend watching Manjula’s Youtube channel especially if you have an interest in Indian cuisine.
How to make Paneer or Indian cheese:
Paneer is also widely available at Indian supermarkets so you can skip this part if you’re not feeling as adventurous.
How to make Palak Paneer: