nutritional information

Per :

  • Calories: 397
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Total Fat: 27 g
  • Saturated Fat: 19 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Cholesterol: 87 mg
  • Sodium: 516 mg
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Sugar: 5 g

Saag Paneer

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

This traditional Indian dish of spinach cooked with Indian spices, yogurt, and cheese is filling enough for a main course. Look for paneer, a fresh Indian cheese, in Indian grocery stores, or substitute fresh mozzarella. A wok makes light work of steaming down a big bunch of spinach. Serve with rice and warm naan (Indian flat bread).
  • 2 Tbs. ghee or olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs. ground coriander
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 small hot chile, seeded and minced
  • 1 oz. fresh ginger, peeled and minced (2 Tbs.)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
  • 1 lb. baby spinach
  • 8 oz. thick plain yogurt, drained
  • 8 oz. paneer cheese or fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes

1. Heat ghee over medium heat in wok. Add cumin and coriander, and stir until spices sizzle. Add onion, and sauté 2 minutes, or until translucent. Add chile, ginger, and garlic. Sauté 2 minutes more.
2. Add spinach, season with salt, cover wok with lid, and steam spinach 2 to 3 minutes. Remove lid, and continue stirring spinach until wilted. Pour off liquid accumulated in bottom of wok.
3. Stir in yogurt, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, or until heated through. Remove from heat, and fold in cheese. 

September 2008

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@Jyoti "Saag" means "greens", does it not? I was under the impression that "palak" is specific to spinach, but "saag" can mean any vegetable greens, including spinach.

Rose - 2015-01-14 07:38:11

The dish is palak paneer. Saag is a completely different dish.

Jyoti - 2012-09-12 14:57:52