Saag Paneer: Spinach with Indian Cheese

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
25 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces paneer, (Indian cheese, either store-bought or made from my recipe, recipe follows), cut into 1-inch cubes, see Cook's Note*
  • 1 (16-ounce package) frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (1-inch thumb) ginger, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large green serrano chile, finely chopped (seeds removed if you don't like it spicy!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon store-bought or homemade garam masala, recipe follows
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, stirred until smooth
  • Paneer: Homemade Indian Cheese:
  • Cheesecloth
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed, see Cook's Note*
  • Aarti's Hot (not heavy!) Homemade Garam Masala:
  • 3 large cinnamon sticks (if you have the kind you get at Indian stores, it's about 3 tablespoons of cinnamon bark bits)
  • 3 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup green cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 2 tablespoons of seeds)
  • 4 large black cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 1 tablespoon of seeds), optional
Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the turmeric, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons oil. Gently, drop in the cubes of paneer and gently toss, taking care not to break the cubes if you're using the homemade kind. Let the cubes marinate while you get the rest of your ingredients together and prepped.

Thaw the spinach in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish, 5 minutes on high, then puree in a food processor until smooth. Alternatively, you can chop it up very finely with your knife.

Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add the paneer as the pan warms. In a couple of minutes give the pan a toss; each piece of paneer should be browned on one side. Fry another minute or so, and then remove the paneer from the pan onto a plate.

Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to the pan. Add the onions, ginger, garlic and chile. Now here's the important part: saute the mixture until it's evenly toffee-coloured, which should take about 15 minutes. Don't skip this step - this is the foundation of the dish! If you feel like the mixture is drying out and burning, add a couple of tablespoons of water.

Add the garam masala, coriander and cumin. If you haven't already, sprinkle a little water to keep the spices from burning. Cook, stirring often, until the raw scent of the spices cook out, and it all smells a bit more melodious, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the spinach and stir well, incorporating the spiced onion mixture into the spinach. Add a little salt and 1/2 cup of water, stir, and cook about 5 minutes with the lid off.

Turn the heat off. Add the yogurt, a little at a time to keep it from curdling. Once the yogurt is well mixed into the spinach, add the paneer. Turn the heat back on, cover and cook until everything is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Serve.

*Cook's Note: Paneer is very easy to make at home, and my recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. I also think homemade has a better texture than anything store-bought. If you'd like to buy it, this cheese is available in better supermarkets as well as specialty Asian markets.

Paneer: Homemade Indian Cheese:

Line a large colander with a large double layer of cheesecloth, and set it in your sink.

In a large wide pot, bring the milk to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning the bottom (a nonstick pot works really well for this purpose). This will take a little while so be patient!

Add the lemon juice and turn the heat down to low. Stirring gently, you should almost immediately see the curds (white milk solids) and whey (the greenish liquid) separate. Don't fret, this is perfect!

*Cook's Note: If the milk doesn't separate juice some more lemons and add another tablespoon or two. Boost the heat again and the milk should separate. Stir in a motion that gathers the curds together rather than breaks them up.

Remove the pot from the heat and carefully pour the contents into the cheesecloth-lined colander. Gently rinse with cool water to get rid of the lemon flavor. At this point, you could squeeze out some of the liquid, and serve with some honey and some nuts, almost like a fresh ricotta!

Grab the ends of the cheesecloth and twist the ball of cheese to squeeze out the excess whey. Tie the cheesecloth to your kitchen faucet and allow the cheese to drain for about 5 minutes.

Twisting the ball to compact the cheese into a block, place it on a plate with the twisted part of the cheesecloth on the side (this will ensure your block of cheese is nice and smooth!) and set another plate on top. Weigh the second plate down with cans of beans or a heavy pot. Move to the refrigerator and let it sit about 20 minutes.

Yield: Makes 12 ounces of cheese.

Aarti's Hot (not heavy!) Homemade Garam Masala:

Combine the cinnamon sticks, cloves, green cardamom seeds, black cardamom seeds, if using into a spice grinder or coffee grinder and grind until fine. Store the spice mix in an airtight container away from direct sunlight.

Yield: about 1/2 cup.


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I really liked this recipe. I love hot food, but did anyone else find this a little too hot for some palates? I guess it depends on how hot your serranos are, even after extracting the seeds and the squishy part around the seeds. When I make this again, I'll probably halve the cayenne or use paprika. <div><br /></div><div>At any rate, it was a much lighter version of what you get in a restaurant: Yogurt instead of cream. No nuts (sometimes you get cashew cream in restaurant saag paneer). I made this a day ahead for a large Indian dinner.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was amazing! I stuck to the recipe 100% and don't know that I would change anything. If you are going to do the Paneer from scratch, I highly recommend doing this before you do anything else with the recipe. As the recipe warns, it takes quite a while to get the milk going. I put the paneer back in the marinade after I fried it and then poured it all back into the dish at the end. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/saag-paneer-spinach-with-indian-cheese-recipe.html?oc=linkback item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very authentic and amazingly delicious. I don't put the chopped frozen spinach in the blender and add sliced mushrooms in with the onions. Thank you Aarti! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out wonderfully! I used canned spinach instead of frozen, and it turned out well. I also used a packaged paneer. Allowing it to marinate made a difference in the taste. It was just as good as our favorite Indian restaurant's. I will definitely make this again, and I might even share with my vegetarian friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Completely worth the time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with store bought panneer and garam masala. I used fresh baby spinach instead of frozen (coz thats what I had at home) Followed the recipe to a T otherwise. Took me about 45 mins start to finish and the dish came out beautifully. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used tofu instead, just great. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, but very time consuming. Next time I fix this I will puree the spinach and make the paneer cheese the day before. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Aarti, thanks so much for the recipe. I am making in tonight as one item for the Academy Awards, the menu for which I am calling a Tribute to Bollywood. I would like to suggest to you and your readers that they consider signficantly reducing the amount of cloves in the garam masala recipe. I used only 1 1/2 tablespoons and the clove taste still overpowered the other spices. Next time I think 1 1/2 Teaspoons might be better. I also think you might want to reserve the water drained from the frozen spinach to use later in the recipe to add more nutrients and flavor to the dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A five star recipe. I prepared it in my pure clay pot and used half the amount of oil and added coconut milk and a table spoon of lemon extract instead of yogurt  and it turned out fantastic. All the ingredients were cooked evenly and the paneer was juicy and soft. I learnt to cook in clay pot from my mom as she was health conscious as we don't have to worry about metals or chemicals getting into our food while cooking in pure clay pots. I got mine from Miriam's Earthen Cookware (online) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is hands down the best saag recipe I have come across. It is restaurant quality, if not better. I used fresh spinach instead of frozen (read the recipe wrong) and will do that next time. Other than that misstep, I followed the directions to a tee. No home cooked meal has ever made me happier. I've made this two times and the second time I replaced the paneer with chicken thighs because my husband isn't a huge cheese person. It was a fantastic substitute. Both times I served it with rice and store bought naan. It was worth the time and effort it took to create. You won't be sorry! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Probably the best recipe for Saag Paneer I've found so far! Very tasty and appetizing looking. I added two indian peppers instead of serrano peppers and used blanched fresh spinach (flash-cooked in boiling water, then drained and chopped) instead of frozen and got great results. Will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was time-consuming but worth it! I was encouraged (by the clear and easy directions in the recipe, as well as the reviews here) to make the paneer and I recommend doing so. It did take a while but was well worth it--it is SO easy to do and I'm now excited to explore other fresh cheese recipes. The whole dish came out great, very fresh and bright-tasting and not too heavy. Will definitely be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! I made it without the paneer- and used soymilk in place of the yogurt (because of lactose intolerant kids), but I'm looking forward to trying the full recipe with the homemade paneer sometime when the kids are gone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good! I think I've finally perfected it after the fourth time, using the store-bought garam masala and the homemade paneer (who knew making cheese was so simple!?) For the paneer, make sure you use fresh squeezed lemon juice per the recipe or it won't separate. I would only add to go liberal on the "Add a little salt" toward the end. It'll really help bring the other flavors out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a family dinner on the weekend and my Goan mother in law says she has been dreaming of it since! Super easy to make and terrific flavour! This recipe is a definite repeat in my repertoire! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I could seriously eat this everyday. Even my meat loving hubby and my 3 small children love this meal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I&amp;#39;ve tried making my own paneer but it wasn&amp;#39;t very successful. I use halloumi as I can&amp;#39;t get hold of paneer in my country town. It&amp;#39;s a little saltier and supposedly contains mint but not enough to actually taste in a curry. It has identical cooking properties to paneer, so swaps in well. I&amp;#39;ve made this about 4 times over the last month and this is my favourite recipe. I do add a large chopped tomato to the fried onion during the last 5 mins of the frying stage.I also add chopped coriander or methi leaves and a tsp of sugar just before serving too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making Saag. I followed the recipe exactly with only one change. I replaced the cheese with shrimp. I feel like there&amp;#39;s something missing, but I can&amp;#39;t put my finger on it. It still was a tasty dish, but did not seem like true Saag. It was also not very spicy at all, more on the mild side. At the end I did try to add a little more spice to it, helped a bit but not much. Poured over Basmati rice. Unfortunately I won&amp;#39;t be using this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very good and easy to make. I did it on a weeknight. If I was to make the paneer by itself to serve I would probably add some salt for flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I served this as a side dish for my gourmet group over the weekend and it was a huge hit. I also made the cheese which no one could believe. One comment was "you nailed it", another was "this was the absolute best saag paneer I have ever had". Actually the whole dinner was great. I used about 24 ounces of chopped frozen spinach and I did squeeze out much of the water as I did not want a runny saag paneer. I used the yogurt along with a few tablespoons of heavy cream. I cut back a little of cayenne but offered some peppers (heat on the side for those who wanted it. My husband who was never fond of Indian food- loved it. I highly recommend this dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it! I make it all the time, and it's wonderful to freeze for a later date. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night using two bags of fresh spinach and tofu. It was wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this all the time. I used to buy the Paneer from Whole Foods Market but they stopped stocking it and then Costco but they stopped stocking it as well (the Costco brand was better than the WF brand. Anyway I buy the paneer from a local Indian market now. Many times in restaurants saag paneer is too rich but this has the right balance of spice, creaminess, and texture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was, without question, a 5 star recipe. We loved it and it really was easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband made saag paneer from this recipe. It was divine! We didn't have any plain yogurt, so used sour cream instead; it worked fine. I've had saag paneer in restaurants before, but none matched this. Thank you, Aarti! It's going in our recipe book. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing...will be making again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, but not as great as the paneer at Whole foods market. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the paneer and it turned out fantastic with the exception of the shape. I wasn't able to cube it, but the taste was great. The saag paneer was easy and very close to that we've had out. Great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! I made this recipe almost exactly as written (including the fresh paneer, except I added an extra pepper because my husband and I love spicy food. I didn't bother to puree or otherwise finely chop the spinach before adding it to the dish -- we liked it just as it was. We served it over basmati rice -- delicious, although next time I may try it with naan just to see what that's like. All in all, we really enjoyed this dish and plan to keep it in our regular dinner rotation. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Many steps, but easy. It's hard not to overserve myself! I made the paneer, what a nice addition. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. Used ricotta, which tasted fine, but wouldn't brown. Just folded it into the spinach mixture and it was very tasty. Didn't use serrano seeds or spines and the spice was perfect. The turmeric and cayenne really give it its flavor. Used 0% Greek yogurt instead. Takes a little longer than the recipe says. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just a great recipe. I seem to be sensitive to turmeric so I used 1/2 tsp...just right, and Fage 0% Greek Yoghurt, and left out the cheese...no time...deelicious ...just great...the yoghurt adds a lovely creamy richness without all the fat... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made the paneer first, added a bit of salt to it. Gently tossed it with Aarti's turmeric mixture and it sauteed into beautiful cubes of deliciousness. Pureeing the spinach I think was a key and the end result was very tasty! It's on our keeper list. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a delicious dish! I am allergic to dairy so i used chicken instead of the paneer, it was actually a very easy substitution for me to make, i used boneless, skinless chicken breast, the same specified amount and just cubed it up. I also made two other changes, I used plain, unsweetened soy yogurt instead of regular and i cut out about two tablespoons of oil. Because i used the chicken, i didn't think the marinade needed the extra fat and i did not add any to the pan after i browned the chicken. IF YOU USE CHICKEN, brown the chicken on medium so it can cook through at least 90%. After the sauce was done, i nestled the chicken in to it in the pan and covered it for about five minutes just to make sure the chicken was in fact cooked all the way. I served this over rice and received rave reviews! I will be making this again! And as Aarti says, dont skip any of the steps!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i really did not enjoy this at all. the only change i made was that i used tofu, instead of the paneer. the yogurt left a dominating tang and, in general, it just didn't taste like "saag paneer" to me. it tasted like "an indian inspired spinach dish". bummer, because i have loved everything else i have tried of aarti's. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for the first time and even my semi-Indian ex-wife thought this was better than her mom' s version. - I added a little bit of heavy cream for an extra kick I was a little skeptic about the labor intensive preparation of the paneer, plus it wasn't too tasty by itself. But when gobbled in combination with the Saag it made perfect sense. Every bite was a cloud of heavenly goodness! You'll never order take out after you taste this. :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love spinach and with the mix of Indian flavors, plus the bite of the cheese it is a complete different dish. I really enjoy it and I am going to try this recipe and the paneer with kale next time. Aarty you have an array of flavors, mixes and surprises up your sleeve. What I like about your recipes is not just the simplicity and flavor but they are really healthy eating.So glad you won and I love your shoe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe. I omitted the chiles (because I didn't have any and used only about 2/3 of the cheese. I am usually the type of person who doubles cheese in recipes, but the amount of cheese I used was plenty - and helps stretch out my store-bought paneer. I will definitely make this again, but I will probably up the spices and include the chiles so that when I mix it with rice, as I like to do, it has more punch. This is my favorite dish to order in Indian restaurants, and I'm so happy to finally have found a good but easy enough recipe for making it at home! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OhmyGOSH this tastes better than my favorite Indian restaurant! I don't particularly care for paneer so I used 2 chicken breasts in its place and it was so yummy! I also used 1/2 C heavy cream instead of the yogurt, which gave it the perfect, creamy consistency without the tartness. Other than that, followed the recipe to the T and it turned out so deliciously perfect! My friends tasted some of the leftovers and begged me to make it for them this week and I am more than happy to make it again only 4 days later--I love it that much! Thanks Aarti! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I both really liked this recipe. Making the paneer was a lot easier than I would have thought. I used three tablespoons of lemon juice and about a third of a cup of yogurt to make the cheese, and it was just perfect. The spinach was creamy ans spicy. We will be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so simple to make and tastes amazing! I made my own paneer after seeing Aarti do it on her show. It tastes as good as my local takeaway. Actually - it tastes better. Saag paneer is something that you can't seem to buy as a ready meal or side dish in the supermarkets and why bother, when you can make it yourself. Make it - you won't regret it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe for Saag is very tasty without the yogurt. Once I added the yogurt, the saag has a bit of sour taste and it is not as creamy as we get from Indian restaurant. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty and the cheese was so easy to make. I served it over basmati rice. I love Aarti's recipes! Although if you make a lot of Indian spiced food in the kitchen the scents will linger awhile. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy!! I cut down on the cayenne so my little 6 year old could eat it. Very tasty and easy to make. Great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was great. Made the homemade paneer and garam masala too. The one serrano was not enough heat for me, so I'll up the heat next time, also added more yogurt, but then I like things creamy. The flavors were even better the next day. I agree that the paneer smaller than 1 inch cubes worked best, I love the flavor of the marinated cheese, it added the extra kick to an otherwise bland cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful dish. We ate every bite and wished for more. Our only suggestion: If you buy the paneer, we'd suggest cutting it up into smaller than the recommended 1-inch bites and perhaps using less. Our paneer-to-spinach ratio seemed high. But again, great recipe. We'll make again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My favorite Indian dish and now I can make it! I'm so thankful you joined Food Network. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was AWESOME!!!! My husband and I love Indian food. Unfortunately, we have never been able to recreate the tastey dishes at home. We accomplished this goal tonight... Thank you Aarti!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! Saag paneer has always been an Indian favorite of mine. I moved out of NY and now my local Indian take out doesn't have this on the menu. I'm thrilled I can make this at home. I've made this 6 times already. The paneer is so delicious AND EASY! To save time I make the paneer a day or two beforehand and keep it in the frig, just makes it a bit easier time-wise. I also like to add a few curry leaves to the onion-garlic-chile mixture halfway thru the cooking. They add a nice peppery flavor. I absolutely love love love this dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it! If you're not adventurous enough to make the cheese, or couldn't find any, I found that tofu could easily replace the paneer. It doesn't have the same cheese texture, but it's still really good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a huge fan of any Indian spinach dish in a restaurant (Chana Saag next Aarti?, but I've never been able to make it at home with much success. This recipe changed that, and with frozen spinach no less! It was fantastic, even my meat loving husband enjoyed it. Making the cheese opened up a whole new realm of possibilities, it was so easy. Love it, and Love the show!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Another winner from Aarti! This is so easy and so delicious! And I love the paneer recipe. Love using the lemon instead of vinegar. Husband loves this too, have to use an extra serrano for him too but it is so good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe, love Aarti! I never try to make recipes after watching a cooking show, but I was totally inspired after watching The Big Cheese episode. My kids had a blast making the cheese with me and we all loved the dish. I loved mixing it with Brown Basmati rice and then spooning on bites of Naan. So yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was excellent! I grew up on Indian food, and I used to hate saag, but this was fantastic. My picky 7 year old ate it up, too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked it a lot, but I think it needs a little extra kick or spice to it. I added 3 serranos unseeded but I felt like maybe just a little more. Maybe some indian chili powder? I still liked the taste a lot. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow Aarti! I've never made Indian food before, but I can say that I'm going to make it more often. This recipe is absolutely delicious! The marinade for the paneer is a nice touch. It as also very easy to follow, so thank you for that. My husband and I watch your show religiously and we love it. Thank you again!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Aarti--this is absolutely fantastic! A million times better than what I've had at even the best restaurants. Thank you, thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! Even better than in a restaurant - much less greasy. Thanks, Aarti! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks Aarti this recipe made me so proud of myself! My first homemade Indian recipe and it was DELICIOUS, just like what I get at my favorite Indian restaurant. The paneer made me nervous but was really easy and turned out great. I will definitely be trying another Aarti recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, and so easy. Thanks, Aarti, for making it seem possible. The paneer really was as simple as you showed in the demo and I am so glad to have a new veg main course in my repertoire . item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am so thankful for Aarti and her recipes. Ever since I tried my first recipe of her's (Sloppy Bombay Joes I have been experimenting more and more. Today I made the cheese in the morning and then the rest for dinner. Came out wonderful. Didn't use the serrano though, and found that it was plenty hot enough for me and my husband without it. Really easy and good! Considerig that before Aarti was in our lives, it was a battle to get my husband to eat anything that wasn't meat and potatoes, so this is a great victory! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW - WOW - WOW. Absolutely delicious. Followed exactly, including making the paneer. came out great - thank you Aarti. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow. I didn't know frozen spinach could taste so good! We only had skim milk and almond milk in the house - so I skipped making the paneer and focused solely on the saag. I boosted the ingredients by 25% because our grocery store only sells frozen spinach in 10 oz. blocks. Increasing everything by 25% allowed me to use 2 full boxes of the frozen spinach. Other than that - followed the recipe to the letter. Used a pre-packaged garam masala from the Asian market - it smelled so wonderful! I even liked the dish before I added the yogurt at the end. I only had Greek fat-free plain yogurt, so I used that. It is a little heavier than regular yogurt, but worked well. Oh - and I had some leftover cannelini beans - so I threw those in at the end to try and replicate the creaminess that the paneer would have given. Winner. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the over- giggly and oft-referenced-mum aspects of the show - but the girl sure can cook. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious! I made the paneer myself, and used a bit of heavy cream instead of the yogurt to avoid any curdling issues. The paneer seared really well even on my electric stove. Crispy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious. I've tried making paneer before, and it didn't turn out right. These directions worked perfectly. Yay! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the most delicious Saag Paneer recipe I have ever made. The instructions were specific and there weren't too many ingredients. I am Indian and obviously love Indian food, but sometimes there are just too many steps/ingredients. I also made the home-made paneer Aarti recommends, and that was so easy. Aarti is fabulous - we love you!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE Aarti!! I had such a great time making the cheese, I couldn't believe how easy it was!! Aarti gives me confidence to try new and different types of food. I will use the chile next time, I didn't because I don't like heat, but my friends complained it wasn't spicy enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a fan of paneer, so I substituted with cubes of white chicken breast. Also used cream instead of yoghurt, &amp; added some freshly chopped roma tomatoes at the end for extra color - yum! I wasn't keen on the bitter flavor that I think the 'golden' colored onion/garlic/ginger/chili gave to the dish, I only cooked it for 5-10 mins, but I'd cook it less next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! My new favorite spinach dish. The paneer worked perfectly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is amazing. Really stupid good. I'm not sure how I'll go back to eating Tasty Bite. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Aarti fills a void in The Food Network that really needs an expert. She is perfect. This recipe is a great example for those of us who are working our way to being vegetarians... healthy, tasty, and presented with such a style that everyone wins. ;It turned out EXACTLY like she showed on her show. She also adds that fun warm personality behind such daunting dishes as the Indian cuisine has presented. I wondered why I felt so hopeless before but now make them confidently (with Aarti's recipes. I hope that the Food Network and Aarti can continue their relationship for a long, long time. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, love this. Made it twice in the last four days (although that had something to do with the pillow case sized bag of spinach purchased from Costco LOL. If using fresh spinach, I would strongly recommend cooking it down separately first, then straining/squeezing out as much liquid as you can get. The first time we didn't strain enough and it got a little soupy when we added the recommended water... super tasty though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Aarti!! This was absolutely incredible! I was shocked how easy and delicious the paneer was! I order this every time I go out to eat Indian food, and always love it.. This however beats any saag Paneer I have ever tasted!!! You rock!! Going to try out the Panner fingers Tonight : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! Made a double batch of the paneer - it's so easy. Then put the Saag paneer together - wow! Great taste and easy too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW!!! Even my kids ate it. It had just enough spice and flavor. Definitely spices up a plain package of frozen spinach. Very easy, just time consuming to stand over the saute pan.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a big cheese eater, but this cheese (which I made myself and this dish are truly scrumptious. Aarti is the best host on FNW. I know she will be around for years to come. She is such a delight in every way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Aarti: her humor, her use of the English language, her easy way of telling us how to pronounce foreign words, and her skill! My favorite food is Indian. Because I read too quickly and don't follow directions, my paneer failed the first time. Today, it was fine!. My flavors in the saag paneer are good BUT I used buttermilk instead of Greek yogurt which curdled immediately. I have had this dish made w/buttermilk previously so will be more careful the next time, or will use the Greek yogurt. Next time I'll get it right! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love love love this! Saag Paneer has long been one of my favorite Indian dishes, and this one is super-easy to make. I cut it in half, used one 10 oz box of frozen spinach and still had enough for two meals. This would be yummy with Aarti's Mum's everyday red lentils, I bet. Hmmmm....maybe I'll make those tonight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Phenomenally good and so easy to make. I love saag paneer and had no idea I could make (really) the best paneer at home. This is so good. I used fresh spinach (which is so much better) and a whole (read unseeded) fresno chili for this. This recipe is great, you gotta try it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Although my paneer didnt stay as firm as we would have liked the dish was a big hit and I will make it again...I used both white and red onions and added a green chili in place of the serrano pepper... I have a two year old so we try not to make things too hot...it was very tasty...I think I will add more onions and garam masala to it the next time...seemed that the spices were not as pronounced...My DIL is vegetarian so we try to do one complete vegetarian meal each week and to be honest my son and I are both considering becoming vegetarian as well...with food like this it will be very easy to do!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so excited for this episode to air--I am recently obsessed with paneer and have been getting it at the local farmer's market. Now that I know how to make my own, forget that stuff! it was just as easy as Aarti said and even more delicious. I actually cut the amount of milk and made half the amount of cheese and added more spinach (it is a very WW-friendly recipe that way!) Cooking this made my house smell amazing and I truly was impressed with myself that I was able to pull it off. Thanks, Aarti for pushing me to cook outside of my kitchen, so to speak...now on to your next recipe... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome! Our whole family loved this dish. Make sure you squeeze and drain the cheese very well to help it stay together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Aarti, thank you so much for teaching us how to make a traditional Indian dish (and one of my favorites!). I love how you took the paneer and turned it into both a traditional and more western dish. Would love to see you do more of that! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. Multiple thoughts. 1. I could serve the marinated cheese alone as a tasty bite at a party. And for all of you who are leery, this basically is India's version of ricotta cheese. 2. This is a weekend meal, not a weekday meal, unless you like to eat later (I like to eat earlier). 3. Have your mise en place at the ready, as it cuts down on the actual cooking time. 4. Add more yogurt. I added an extra couple of tablespoons, and my husband and I both agreed that we would have enjoyed even a little more. 5. Huge surprise - could not find garam masala at the store, which has just about everything! Even if I had found store spice, it would not have copied, necessarily, Aarti's flavor profile. So I just mixed a little bit of ground cinnamon, ground cloves and ground cardamom in a small bowl, took 1/2 teaspoon of it, and called it good. And it was good! Try to get the proportions right, and you'll be okay. Loved this dinner. Definitely will make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty, you bet! I went to the store right after the show to purchase my ingredients... Well, it was simply divine... Love, Love, Love. Thank you, Aarti! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this the day after I watched the episode. It's not my first Aarti recipe, and it certainly won't be the last. I'd never had saag paneer before, but it looked easy, fun and was, in fact, delicious! I'll definitely be making this one again, and making the paneer was certainly the highlight. I love food magic like bread and cheese making. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing recipe ! Making the paneer was the best part- I used 1% milk to make the paneer and they turned out to be great. I cant wait to make dishes with my fresh homemade paneer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Saag Paneer is one of my favorite dishes, but I never thought I could make it at home. Right after the show [7/29/11] I ran to the market to get the ingredients. Aarti made this dish SO APPROACHABLE. Who knew that making fresh cheese was this simple? And she is right, heating the milk took longer than I had anticipated, just as the cooking notes indicated. I got the garam masala from Williams Sonoma because I didn't have ready access to the ingredients for making my own blend. The final dish was delicious and I know I will make this recipe again. Thank you Aarti! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soo good. I'm pregnant and this is ALL I eat. Mmmm thank you ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this dish at an Indian restaurant and I am thrilled to now be able to prepare this at home. Thanks Aarti for the ease in which you demonstrated todays recipes 7/29/11 could be made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't know that my favorite Indian restaurant dish could be so easy to make at home! Unable to find paneer at my grocery, however, the homemade paneer was surprisingly easy and tasty. My husband insists that I put this dish in our dinner rotation! Aarti, thanks for all the great recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You repla......I'm sorry. ... Had to finish laughing. You replaced the CHEESE with SHRIMP and complained that something was missing? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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