Palak Paneer with Naan Bread & Kachumber Salad

Palak Paneer

with Naan Bread & Kachumber Salad

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

A North Indian favorite, palak paneer is a delicious variation on saag (an ancient dish of curried leafy greens). As its name suggests, it features paneer, an incredible, unaged cheese that keeps its shape and crisps up in the pan. Here, we’re cooking spinach and paneer with traditional spices and yogurt, with deeply savory, creamy results. And we’re serving our palak paneer with toasted naan and a kachumber salad (a classic Indian salad featuring cucumber and tomatoes).

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    640 Cals (est.)
fresh
ingredients
Palak Paneer with Naan Bread & Kachumber Salad
Title
  • 2 Pieces Naan Bread
  • 4 oz Paneer Cheese
  • ½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 lb Spinach
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ lb Baby Yellow Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1 1-Inch Piece Ginger
  • ½ tsp Chaat Masala
  • 1 Tbsp Palak Paneer Spice Blend (Garam Masala, Cumin, Cardamom, Turmeric & Cayenne Pepper)
time-saving
tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the paneer cheese. Medium dice the cucumber. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger. Halve and deseed the lemon. Peel, halve and thinly slice the onion. Halve the tomatoes.

Start the spinach:
2 Start the spinach:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Working in batches if necessary, add the spinach and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 3 minutes, or until completely wilted. Transfer to a clean work surface. Wipe out the pan.

Chop the spinach:
3 Chop the spinach:

Roughly chop the cooked spinach; use paper towels to absorb any liquid from the cutting board.

Start the paneer:
4 Start the paneer:

In the pan used to cook the spinach, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the paneer cheese and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown on all sides. Add the garlic, ginger and spice blend. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 to 45 seconds, or until the spices are toasted and fragrant.

Finish the paneer & spinach:
5 Finish the paneer & spinach:

Add the chopped spinach and yogurt to the pan of paneer cheese. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and heated through. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish & plate your dish:
6 Finish & plate your dish:

To make the dressing, in a medium bowl, combine the chaat masala and the juice of 1 lemon half (you will have extra lemon); season with salt and pepper to taste. Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until well combined. In a separate medium bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes and as much of the onion as you’d like. Add enough of the dressing to coat the salad (you may have extra dressing); toss to thoroughly combine. Using tongs, place the naan bread directly onto the oven rack and heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until warmed through. Remove from the oven. Divide the finished paneer and spinach between 2 dishes. Serve with the salad and warmed naan bread on the side. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the paneer cheese. Medium dice the cucumber. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger. Halve and deseed the lemon. Peel, halve and thinly slice the onion. Halve the tomatoes.

2 Start the spinach:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Working in batches if necessary, add the spinach and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 3 minutes, or until completely wilted. Transfer to a clean work surface. Wipe out the pan.

Start the spinach:
Chop the spinach:
3 Chop the spinach:

Roughly chop the cooked spinach; use paper towels to absorb any liquid from the cutting board.

4 Start the paneer:

In the pan used to cook the spinach, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the paneer cheese and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown on all sides. Add the garlic, ginger and spice blend. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 to 45 seconds, or until the spices are toasted and fragrant.

Start the paneer:
5 Finish the paneer & spinach:

Add the chopped spinach and yogurt to the pan of paneer cheese. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and heated through. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Finish & plate your dish:

To make the dressing, in a medium bowl, combine the chaat masala and the juice of 1 lemon half (you will have extra lemon); season with salt and pepper to taste. Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until well combined. In a separate medium bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes and as much of the onion as you’d like. Add enough of the dressing to coat the salad (you may have extra dressing); toss to thoroughly combine. Using tongs, place the naan bread directly onto the oven rack and heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until warmed through. Remove from the oven. Divide the finished paneer and spinach between 2 dishes. Serve with the salad and warmed naan bread on the side. Enjoy!

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