A few days back I shared my mom’s recipe for tomato soup. Today’s recipe is my mother in laws specialty. I learnt to make palak paneer this way from her. It sure feels good whenever I cook something like this which takes me back to the days spent with them.

Spinach is one of my favourite vegetables not only for the health benefits but also for its versatility. I add it to many recipes and it increases the nutrition quotient and also easily gel with the recipe. It is low in calories, rich in iron and antioxidants. Its iron content is highest among all green leafy vegetables.

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When this powerhouse of nutrition joins hands with calcium-rich Paneer and our secret ingredient or this recipe, it is going to be Xtra healthy, right?

Xtra healthy palak paneer is a simple and easy recipe in which we are also adding green moong dal and little gram flour. It tastes amazing and is healthy too. It is better than restaurant style as we are not using too many fats or cream in our spinach gravy.


Pulses are a great source of protein and fiber too. Green moong dal is gluten free, sodium free and cholesterol free. In this recipe, we are giving a healthy twist to this favourite recipe among vegetarians in India. Let’s get to the recipe now –

Xtra healthy palak paneer
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Xtra healthy palak paneer is a healthier version of normal palak paneer. It has 2 ingredients which increase the nutrition quotient and also gives it a good taste. You can serve it with roti or rice for lunch or dinner.
Ingredients
  • Palak/Spinach – 250 gms
  • Paneer/ Indian cottage cheese – 250 grams
  • Moong dal -2tbsp
  • Gram flour or besan – 1tsp
  • Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Tomato – 2 medium, finely chopped
  • Green chilies – 3-4, finely chopped(reduce/add according to your taste)
  • Garlic – 5-8 cloves
  • Ginger – 1 inch
  • Red chili powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Cream for garnishing (optional)
Instructions
  1. First of all, wash, and chop spinach. Peel ginger and garlic and add everything with moong dal and green chillies in a pressure cooker.
  2. Cook it for 15-20 minutes. After 4 whistles, simmer it for some time so that dal gets properly cooked.
  3. Meanwhile, you can start the tadka preperation. Fry onions till they turn pink. Add besan and cook for few minutes.
  4. Add the tomato pureed and some salt, turmeric and red chilly powder. Cook till the tomatoes are properly cooked.
  5. Cut paneer into pieces and keep aside.
  6. Now open the cooker and let it cool by transferring to a pan.
  7. Now take a blender and blend the spinach to a smooth puree.
  8. Pour in the pureed spinach into the tadka and sauté for few minutes so that it absorbs the flavors of the spices.
  9. When the spinach curry has thickened, add the paneer and cook for another minute or two.
  10. Top it up with some cream and serve hot with rotis or rice.
Notes
You can use ghee instead of oil for the tadka.
You can even blanch spinach instead of pressure cooking but dal needs pressure cooking.
Colour of palak paneer is not an indication of how healthy the recipe is or not. Dark green colour is also ok as it shows that it's properly cooked.


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I am sharing 26 healthy recipes under 30 minutes full this month.

See the recipes till now –

A for Apple coconut squares

B for a Bracing burger

C for Carrot walnut muffins

D for Dhokla with a twist

E for Eggless Pancake

F for Fruit chocolate pops 

G for Gluten-free Spinach and rice balls

H for Honey strawberry milkshake

I for Instant paneer tikka 

J for Jaggery Dates chutney

K for Kale grilled sandwich

L for Lemon cranberry mojito

M for Mango brown rice salad

N for Nutritious party crackers

O for Oats beetroot Dosa

P for Pineapple Pomegranate Parfait

Q for Quinoa veg salad

R for Red sauce pasta with spinach

S for Sprouts salad

T for Tomato soup 

U for Ultimate Utappam

V for Veg corn Cutlet

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