Adapted via SeriousEats
Serves: 4 to 6
♦ 4 teaspoons butter, divided
♦ 4 teaspoons grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided
♦ 1 pound frozen paneer
♦ 1 medium onion, chopped
♦ 3 cloves garlic, minced
♦ 1/2″ piece ginger, peeled and chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
♦ 1-3 small green chiles, seeded and chopped
♦ 1 1/2 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon mild, medium, or hot curry powder
♦ 1 teaspoon cumin
♦ 2 10-ounce packages spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
♦ 1 to 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt, as needed
♦ Salt, to taste
♦ 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, optional
Heat 1 teaspoon each butter and oil over medium heat in a large nonstick pan. Add paneer, frying until each square in browned on two or more sides, 12 to 15 minutes. Turn the paneer and shake pan occasionally. Remove from pan, set aside. Wipe out pan. Heat remaining butter and oil. Add onion, ginger, garlic, and chiles. Fry over medium heat until onions are soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add curry and cumin, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add spinach to pan, stirring until well blended. Either use an immersion blender or transfer spinach mixture to food processor/blender; add enough yogurt to render the mixture creamy. If you prefer a coarser mixture, reserve 1/3 of the spinach before processing. Return to pan, adding reserved unmixed spinach, if using. Add warm water, if needed, to thin. Stir in paneer, heating gently until paneer softens somewhat.
Serve over Indian bread or white rice. Top with cilantro, if desired.
Read more about this dish and my musical pairing by clicking HERE.
(I’m the one who made this recipe with our wonderful little Culinary Countess.) Just puttin’ it out there… use “extra hot” curry powder. It makes everything in life better. And you can never have enough garlic.