Microwave Palak Paneer: The Green Delight of India

Palak Paneer, a beloved Indian dish, originated in the northern regions of India and has become a favorite worldwide. Also known as Saag Paneer, it features succulent paneer cubes cooked in a vibrant green spinach gravy. The wholesome combination of iron-rich spinach and protein-packed paneer makes it a nutritious and delectable choice for vegetarians and food enthusiasts alike. This versatile recipe can be adapted to different taste preferences, adding more spices or cream for a creamier texture.


Chef's Notes and Personal Experience:

As a chef, I find Palak Paneer to be a culinary delight that never fails to impress. The blend of fresh spinach and aromatic spices creates a harmonious symphony of flavors. My journey with Palak Paneer began during my culinary exploration of Indian cuisine, and it quickly became one of my signature dishes. I've experimented with various variations, but the microwave cooking method stands out for its simplicity and efficiency, ensuring the spinach retains its vibrant color and nutrients.



Quick and Easy Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer, a classic Indian dish, is a delightful blend of spinach and paneer, cooked with aromatic spices. Originating from North India, this vegetarian favorite is also known as "Saag Paneer." The vibrant green color and creamy texture make it a visually appealing and delectable main course.

As a chef, I find this recipe quick and easy to prepare, and the results are incredibly satisfying. The combination of tender spinach and paneer with a rich tomato-based gravy is truly a comfort food indulgence. I was introduced to this dish during my culinary journey through Indian cuisine, and its popularity has only grown since. Palak Paneer shares similarities with other Indian dishes, such as Saag Aloo, where spinach is combined with potatoes.

Benefits of Microwave Cooking

Microwaving Palak Paneer not only saves time but also helps retain the essential nutrients in spinach. Unlike traditional methods, microwave cooking requires minimal oil, preserving the wholesome goodness of the dish. Microwave-safe Anyday containers offer convenience and efficiency, allowing you to store the cooked Palak Paneer safely for up to two days in the refrigerator, promoting mindful meal planning and reduced food wastage. Enjoy this microwave-made Palak Paneer guilt-free, knowing it's a healthy, flavorful, and time-efficient option for your culinary adventures.


How to Cook Microwave Palak Paneer 

  1. Let’s start by taking a large Anyday bowl and adding the oil, garlic, ginger, cumin and onion to it. Mix all of them together and put in the microwave for 4 mins at 1000W.
  2. Once out of the microwave, add the tomato puree, spinach, green chili, salt, coriander powder and the red chili powder to it.
  3. Mix all these ingredients well and put in the microwave for 4 mins at 1000W
  4. Once done cooking, take the mix and blend it until smooth and silky.
  5. Finally, transfer the mix back to the bowl and add the room temperature butter, paneer  and the cream to it and mix well. 
  6. Garnish the dish with some cream and coriander leaves and serve hot.


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Expert Tips

  1. Make sure to not overcook the spinach to avoid color loss resulting in a dark gravy.
  2. While mixing, add the paneer cubes in the end to avoid breaking them.
  3. Make sure the butter and the cream are at room temperature to avoid cooling the gravy and for better mixing.
  4. Store the cooked palak paneer in the Anyday container with the lid on and the steam vent closed for upto 2 days in the refrigerator. 


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