May 9, 2011 6:02 pm

Masala

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Posted May 9, 2011 by gcollins
A great new way to eat your spinach, Popeye!

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Servings

Ingredients

Directions

Masala

shared by longtime CSA member and volunteer, Carol Ridderhof

Ingredients

2 bags spinach

7 oz. paneer

3 T oil

2 medium onions, finely chopped

1" piece of fresh ginger, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 green chiles

1 C water

2 large fresh tomatoes or 1 14oz. can diced

1.5 to 2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp coriander powder

red chili powder, to taste

salt, to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

6 T heavy whipping cream

milk, to taste (optional)

Directions

1. Remove stems, wash spinach thoroughly.  Blanch in salted boiling water for two minutes. Refresh in chilled water. Squeeze out excess water. Remove stems, wash and roughly chop green chiles. Grind spinach in a blender into a fine paste along with green chiles. Add water for smooth grinding.

2. Heat 2 T oil in a medium pan on high heat. Add cumin seeds. When they begin to change color, add in the minced onions, stir, cover and let it cook for about 5 minutes.

3. Add in the ginger and garlic and mix. Cook for another 4-5 minutes.

4. Add in the tomatoes, cover and cook till the oil separates from the mixture. Keep stirring frequently as the masala tends to burn very fast.

5. While the masala is cooking, cube the paneer to desired size - 1/2" to 1" cubes work well.

6. In a frying pan, heat the remaining 1 T oil. Once oil is hot, add the paneer cubes and let them cook till they are golden brown on all sides.

7. Remove from the pan onto a plate with paper towels to soak the excess oil. In a couple minutes, pour the paneer into a bowl of cold water.

8. Meanwhile, once the masala is prepared, add in the mashed spinach. Add a cup of water if it is too thick.

9. Mix and add the garam masala, coriander powder, salt, chili powder & turmeric powder.  Mix well and cook for 3-5 minutes.

10. Add in the cream and milk (if desired). Mix and cook for another few minutes. Gently squeeze the water out of the paneer and put it in the spinach and let it simmer for just a couple minutes.

11.  Serve!

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