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Palak "Paneer" (with halloumi)



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Palak Paneer - cyprus style

  • 500 g spinach, fresh or frozen (or silverbeet)
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1/2 sticks cinnamon quill, (or cinnamon powder)
  • 3 pods cardamom pod
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 brown onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 4 cm ginger, peeled and quartered
  • 1 chilli, fresh, green or red
  • 40 g Ghee, or oil
  • 400 g canned tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable stock paste
  • 100 g cream, (optional)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 250 g Halloumi cheese, cubed (1cm)
  • 6
    Preparation 30min
  • 7
  • 8
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Recipe's preparation

  1. Wash fresh spinach/silverbeet leaves thoroughly and steam or boil for 5 minutes (this can be done in the TMX basket or on the stove). If using frozen, extend cooking time till cooked through.
  2. Drain spinach (placeing it in cold water is supposed to keep the green colour... I just keep it drained in the pot).
  3. Curry base
  4. Add cinnamon, cumin, bay leave and cardamom pods int bowl and roast 4 min / Varoma / Sp 2 (MC out).
  5. Mill 30 sec / sp 9. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  6. Add onion, garlic, ginger and chilli and blitz 10 sec / sp 9. Scrape down sides.
  7. Add ghee / oil and saute 8 min / Varoma / sp 2 (MC out).
  8. Palak curry
  9. Add the tomatoes, salt and veggie stock paste. Cook 10 min / Varoma / sp 2 (MC loosely on top, alternatively use simmering basket).
  10. Add cream and garam masala and cook another 2 min / Varoma / sp 2 (MC in).
  11. Add the spinach leaves and blend 20-30 sec on sp 5-6 (start on sp 5, then increase to 6). Cook for another 2 min / Varoma / sp 2 to reheat.
  12. Add the cubed halloumi and gently mix in with the spatula, or stir 30sec / Counter-clockwise operation / sp 1.

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Serve with rice or naan.
Obviously, palak paneer is meant to be made with paneer cheese, but my kids don't like that. The halloumi adds some real nice saltiness to the dish!
The idea for this comes from Thermo.Kitchen, but I believe that I have modified it enough to call this my own version.

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