Indian-Style Spiced Greens with Paneer

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This updated version of the Indian classic saag paneer includes a healthy dose of sautéed leafy greens. Serve it with steamed basmati rice, whole wheat naan bread and a dollop of sweet mango chutney or yogurt for a hearty and homey meatless Monday meal. To save time, purchase bags of prewashed and chopped winter greens (usually a mixture of kale, chard, collards and mustard greens) at the supermarket. You will need about 12 oz. (375 g) of prechopped greens plus the baby spinach.

 

Indian-Style Spiced Greens with Paneer

 

1 bunch mustard greens

1 bunch Swiss chard

1 tsp. sugar

5 oz. (155 g) baby spinach

2 Tbs. unsalted butter

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 tsp. cumin seeds

1 Tbs. finely grated fresh ginger

2 tsp. finely chopped garlic

1 serrano chile, chopped

1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) heavy cream

1 tsp. garam masala

1/2 lb. (250 g) paneer cheese, cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

 

Tear the mustard green and chard leaves from the tough center stalks, discarding the stalks.

 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the sugar (this helps retain the bright color of the greens). Add the mustard greens to the boiling water and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon,
remove and drain the mustard green leaves, pressing on the greens to extract all the liquid. Cook and drain the chard in the same manner, cooking it for 2 minutes; cook and drain the spinach, cooking it as you did the mustard greens, for 1 minute. Transfer the wilted and drained greens to a cutting board or food processor and chop or pulse until finely chopped; set aside.

 

In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cumin and sauté until the onion is translucent and beginning to brown, 8 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic and chile, and sauté until aromatic, about 45 seconds. Stir in the greens, cream and garam masala and bring to a simmer. Cook,
stirring frequently, until the flavors have melded, 10 minutes.

 

Gently fold the paneer into the greens and simmer until heated through, 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

 

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One comment about “Indian-Style Spiced Greens with Paneer

  1. Lauren

    This was a solid recipe. I will be making it again. I ended up needing more cream (and water) to thin out the sauce/greens more, but otherwise followed the recipe. Delicious!

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