Palak Paneer (Spinach and Cottage Cheese Curry) and Pav-Bhaji (Meshed Mix Vegetables served with lighly roasted bun bread) were two items I used often to sneak-in vegetables in my daughter's diet when she was little. Cooking both these dishes on stove-top could mean spending few hours in kitchen.However using slowcooker now I am able to make same dishes with very less effort. Now I also make Aloo- Gobi , Mix-Vegetable Curry, Sprout Pulav etc using slow-cooker.
Here is a recipe of Saag Paneer or Palak (Spinach) Paneer using Slow-cooker. Once you do some simple prep-work rest of the time is in-active time. This recipe can be easily made vegan by replacing Paneer with Tofu. If are looking to replace paneer with potato check out this simple aloo-palak recipe.
1. About 20 oz ( 3 and 1/2 cup)/250 gram fine cut palak (spinach ) you can take frozen or baby spinach also
2. 1 cup (8 oz ) nicely cut cilantro
3. 1 finely chopped onion and 4 finely chopped garlic
4. 1tsp green chili-ginger paste
5. salt to taste
6. 1tsp garam masala ( easily available in Indian Store, or try this Indian Spices Starter Kit )
7 .1 1/2tsp all purpose flour dissolved in 4tsp water (optional)
8. 3tbsp butter
9. 3tbsp cream
10 3/4 cup water
11. 1.1/2 cup paneer (cottage cheese) cubes (Available in Indian stores if you do not want to make your own)
1. Combine onion, garlic, chili ginger paste, 1tbs butter in a microwave safe bowl. (You do not have to perform this step in Microwave. You can use slow-cooker but I prefer the caramelizing of onion better in microwave than slow-cooker.)
2. Cook in a microwave for about 10 minutes.
3. In a slow cooker combine spinach, cilantro, onion gravy(cooked in step 2), salt, rest of the butter and water.
4. Mix it well, cover it and cook it on high.
5. After 2 hour add garam masala (all spice ).
6. If curry seems little watery, add all purpose flour that was dissolved in water and cook it for additional 5 minutes.
7. Mix Paneer Cubes and let it sit for few minutes for paneer to soak the flavor.
8.Transfer in a serving bowl and add cream if you prefer. It will taste just fine without cream as well. If you dont have Cream available you can use full fat milk as well.
1. Serve hot with roti (indian flat bread ), paratha , naan or pulav
2. This is also a very freezer friendly recipe. You can freeze in serving size containers and you have your packed lunch.
Here is another yummy picture of Palak Paneer. If you like this recipe please check out our other Slow-Cooker/Crockpot Recipe.
Slow Cooker Aloo-Gobi Recipe
Slow Cooker Aloo-Palak Recipe
Slow Cooker Vegetable Pulao/Pulav Recipe
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