February 06, 2010

Feb 06, the weekend!

Ooh! Almost forgot to post today! Made palak paneer for lunch. There’s none left for you to taste, but you can make some! Here’s how:

2 bunches of spinach. Depending on the season and your geographical location, the size of these bunches will vary, but a good recipe writer never worries about such trivialities
2 medium sized onions. 2 and a half if anyone on the table is a Punjabi. Oh did I say? This recipe serves four.
1 tissue paper
2 large tomatoes
1 tsp Desi ghee. Oil will also do, but don’t blame me if the dish is not tasty.
1 banana, ripe
2 oranges, medium sized
1 green chili with character, or 2 characterless ones
half an inch of ginger
4 cloves of garlic
50ml milk
A cellphone with a functional SIM, on which you can call your sister and ask her to bring 350 grams paneer if she wants to be fed. If you don’t have a sister in town, make aloo palak. Just use 3 boiled potatoes instead of the paneer.

1. Wash and boil the palak in minimal water for 5 mins. Set aside to cool.
2. Chop the onions finely
3. Wipe your eyes and nose with the tissue paper and discard it.
4. Heat the ghee in a kadhai
5. Drop half a tablespoon of jeera into it
6. When the jeera is brown, add the onions.
7. Stir the onions with one hand as they transition to transluscent and then to brown, and with the other hand, puree the tomatoes in the mixie.
8. Add the tomatoes to the kadhai, add a bit of salt (palak adds to the saltiness of the food, so keep the salt lower than usual). Cover and simmer.
9. Your palak is probably still not cooled down, and the onions and tomatoes will simmer for some time. Use this break to get 3 of your 5-a-day. Eat the banana and the oranges.
10. Pick out the palak and transfer to mixie. Let the water be, we’ll use it later.
11. Grind the palak, add to the well-cooked tomato and onion, and stir.
12. Grate the ginger and garlic and put it into the kadhai.
13. Stir it all, and add the palak water. Add the chopped green chili.
14. Call your sister and bug her in the supermarket. Or chop the potatoes into 8 pieces each and dunk into the palak.
15. Chop and dunk paneer into the palak, and add 50 ml of milk. Because you’ve already used ghee, you should not use cream; since your health insurance cover per annum is 4 lakhs only, and will not cover open heart surgery.
16. Heat it all up and eat with chapatis.

The husband must have liked the palak paneer, because he bought me my Valentine’s day gift in advance! A nice pair of Bata shoes!


colours said...

Oh Good! Sounds like the most realistic recipe of Palak Paneer.. (very important substitute for Paneer since I do not get it in Belgium.

Prithi Shetty said...

This is the 1st recipe I read every single line of. It was almost like a thriller - whats orange & banana doing in a palak-paneer recipe? :)

The Restless Quill said...

Liar. Bata shoes.