Palak Paneer

I have eaten many different versions of Palak paneer, some heavier than others with cream, tomatoes etc. This one here is my mom’s version that is very simple and does not use any cream. It looks beautiful and tastes amazing with hot parathas or rice.

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Step by Step Recipe:

Boil 3 cups of water in a medium sized pot. Add spinach in it, cook for a minute and take it out in a colander. Pour cold water over it.

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Clean and dry the same pot and add ghee to it. Add onions and sauté. Cook covered for 2 mins on low to medium heat.

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Grind cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, ginger, garlic and green chilies to fine paste. Add this paste to the onions and sauté for another minute.

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Add paneer to the pot and mix it gently with the onions.

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In a blender make fine paste of the blanched spinach. Add it to the pot. Add 1/2 cup of water. Add salt to taste and mix well. Cook uncovered for 2 mins and turn off the heat.

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Recipe:

Prep time: 10 mins  Cooking time:15 mins    Total time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

1/2 lb or 8 cups of Spinach
1 cup cubed paneer
1-2 green chilies
1/2 onion finely chopped
4 garlic cloves
1/2 inch piece of ginger
2 cloves
4 peppercorns
2 small pieces of cinnamon
1/2 table spoon ghee

Directions:

  1. Boil 3 cups of water in a medium sized pot. Add spinach in it, cook for a minute and take it out in a colander. Pour cold water over it.
  2. Clean and dry the same pot and add ghee to it. Add onions and sauté. Cook covered for 2 mins on low to medium heat.
  3. Grind cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, ginger, garlic and green chilies to fine paste. Add this paste to the onions and sauté for another minute.
  4. Add paneer to the pot and mix it gently with the onions.
  5. In a blender make fine paste of the blanched spinach. Add it to the pot. Add 1/2 cup of water. Add salt to taste and mix well. Cook uncovered for 2 mins and turn off the heat.

Serve with Rice or Parathas.

ENJOY!

Methi Garlic Salmon

Step by step recipe:

  1. Cut salmon into smaller pieces. Wash and dry it with paper towel

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2. Add crushed garlic, lemon juice, methi, oilve oil, salt and red pepper flakes

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3. Mix well. Add oil to a pan on medium heat and arrange the salmon pieces in the middle.

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4. Cook uncovered for 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon turning once or twice.

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Methi Salmon Recipe:

Prep time: 0 mins  Cooking time:5 mins    Total time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

1 lb Wild caught salmon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
6 garlic cloves crushed
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tbsp of chopped fresh fenugreek/methi leaves
salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut salmon into smaller pieces. Wash and dry it with paper towel.
  2. Apply crushed garlic, lemon juice, methi, olive oil, salt and crushed red pepper to salmon pieces.
  3. Add olive oil to a pan on medium heat and arrange salmon pieces on the pan.
  4. Cook uncovered for 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon turning once or twice.
  5. The skin will start coming off during the cooking process and can be removed before serving.

This Salmon goes well with the Kale salad with almonds

ENJOY!!

Vermicelli Sheera

Another one of my mom’s recipe that is quick and delicious!!

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Step by step recipe:

  1. Roast vermicelli in the ghee. Stirring frequently until it is golden brown.

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2. Add 1 cup water and cook covered for 2-3 minutes until all the water is absorbed.

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3. Add sugar and raisins. Mix well and cover the pan for 2 minutes.

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4. Turn off the stove and add the vanilla essence. Garnish with sliced pistachios and almonds.

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Vermicelli Sheera recipe:

Prep time: 0 mins  Cooking time:5 mins    Total time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

1 cup fine vermicelli broken into smaller pieces
3/4th cup sugar
1 tbsp ghee
5 almonds
5 pistachios
1 tbsp raisins
1 tsp vanilla essence

Directions:

  1. Roast vermicelli in the ghee. Stirring frequently until it is golden brown.
  2. Add 1 cup water and cook covered for 2-3 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
  3.  Add sugar and raisins and cover the pan for 2 minutes.
  4. Turn off the stove and add the vanilla essence.
  5. Garnish with sliced almonds and pistachios.

ENJOY!!

Roasted Beetroot and cucumber salad

 

IMG_6422Here is a healthy and easy to make side dish. Needs very few ingredients and looks and tastes amazing!

Recipe:

Prep time: 5 mins  Cooking time:0 mins    Total time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

4 medium Roasted beets
1 medium cucumber
1 cup yogurt

Instructions:

  1. Chop roasted beets into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. Peel and chop cucumber into 1.2 inch cubes.
  3. In a bowl whisk yogurt and add salt to taste
  4. Add chopped beets and cucumbers
  5. Garnish with cilantro/ Thai basil or parsley.

ENJOY!!