LEHSUNI PALAK

Lehsuni Palak Recipe | How to Make Palak ka Saag | Spinach Gravy Recipe

Lehsuni Palak Recipe

Lehsuni Palak Recipe is a spinach preparation with strong flavors of garlic and subtle flavors of coriander and mint. It is a very simple and quick recipe which makes absolutely delicious and mouth watering spinach preparation.

This recipe doesn’t call for any tomato or yogurt.  Onions, ginger, chilies, and garlic form the base of the gravy. Fresh cream and grated cottage cheese (paneer) add to the texture of Lehsuni Palak.

In India, during winter lots of green vegetables are available. And kids are annoyed every second day to see something green for the meals :(. I am a recipe developer, not a farmer. I can’t change the vegetables available {for that matter even farmers can’t do that, they too have to grow vegetables according to the climate ;)}. All I can do is trying making different recipes with the same veggies. And Lehsuni Palak was another step in this direction.

Looking for some more spinach based gravies? Try hariyali gatte. To team up the spinach gravies try butter naan or whole wheat naan.

INGREDIENTS FOR LEHSUNI PALAK

  • 2 bunch spinach
  • 1 tsp vinegar (optional)
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 18 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 pinch nutmeg powder
  • 1/4 bunch or 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 1/4 bunch or 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 5 green chilies
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • 1 cup grated cottage cheese (paneer)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 1 tbsp butter

HOW TO MAKE LEHSUNI PALAK

Blanch the spinach

Heat sufficient water in a pan. Add 1 tsp white vinegar. Add the spinach leaves and let them cook till soft (approx 5 minutes). Take them out and put in ice cold water for 2-3 minutes.

Tip: Adding vinegar while boiling spinach help spinach to maintain its green color.

Putting the boiled spinach in ice cold water helps to maintain the green color of the spinach.

LEHSUNI PALAK 1Prepare the base of the gravy

Heat 3 tbsp oil. Add 1 cup chopped onions, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 5-6 cloves of garlic, a pinch of nutmeg and 5 green chilies. Cook everything for 5-6 minutes.

LEHSUNI PALAK 2Add the greens

Add 1/4 bunch of coriander and 1/4 bunch of mint leaves. Add the blanched spinach and cook for a couple of minutes.

LEHSUNI PALAK 3Make a paste

Let spinach mix cool down. Once it’s cool grind it.

LEHSUNI PALAK 4Cook garlic

Heat 1 tbsp butter. Add whole garlic cloves. Cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes.

LEHSUNI PALAK 5Add dry fenugreek leaves | Add spinach paste

Add 1 tbsp dry fenugreek leaves and cook them for a minute, till they are aromatic.

The aroma here will tell you that you are doing some so correct J

Add the spinach paste. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add cream and cottage cheese

Switch off the flame. Add 2 tbsp fresh cream.

Add 1 cup grated cottage cheese. Switch on the flame and cook a couple of minutes.

Tip: Switching off the flame while adding fresh cream ensures that the cream doesn’t cuddle.

Add salt | Check the seasoning and consistency

Add salt to taste.

Check and adjust the seasoning and consistency.

Tip: Spinach has its own salt, so be careful while adding salt to the spinach gravies.

Bon appétit

Enjoy Lehsuni Palak with butter naan or lachchha parantha or jeera rice.

Lehsuni Palak Recipe

SUGGESTIONS

You can add tomato puree/lemon juice/dry mango powder to add some tanginess to gravy.

You can add pieces of cottage cheese (paneer) instead of grated cottage cheese.

You can also add vegetables such as corn or mushrooms in Lehsuni Palak.

Menu idea: Lehsuni palak, butter naan, jeera rice, Punjabi dum aloo, onion tomato raita and eggless marble cake.

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