I love Indian food. It is always so savory, warm, saucy and delicious. And even better, I live right around the corner from the best Indian restaurant in Santa Fe! I never really thought about making Indian food, it seemed too complicated and exotic. But man, I was wrong. I have made this Sag Paneer twice now and it is a super simple dish – who would have thought?!
The ingredients list is short – most of it common. The only thing I had a hard time finding was the Paneer – but I found it at Whole Foods. Also the recipe says you can use halloumi instead which tends to be a bit easier to find.
You do need to use a food processor or blender, so there are a couple extra dishes to clean up – but this is seriously worth it. The left overs are great too. I nuked some leftovers the next day at work and everyone commented on how yummy it smelled.
I served it with rice and some delish homemade bread – more on that to come!
Adapted from Kitchen Seasons by Ross Dobson
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 oz. paneer or halloumi, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of mild Indian curry paste (I used green curry paste)
1 lb spinach, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of half and half (plus additional if you like it a bit saucier)
rice and/or bread to serve
Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan over high heat and cook the cubes of cheese for 2-3 minutes, turning often, until golden all over. Remove the cheese to a plate and set aside until needed. This step can be done well in advance if you’d like.
Add butter to the pan, and when sizzling hot, add the curry paste and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook for 3-4 minutes until all of the spinach has wilted. Then stir in the cream. Cook for another minute or two until the cream has warmed up.
Put the mixture in a food processor or blender and process until the sauce is thick and smooth. Return to the pan, add the cheese and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes, to warm the cheese through.
Serve over rice or bread. Right before eating, squirt with a bit of lemon juice – this brightens all of the flavors!