Monday, September 13, 2010

Paneer aur Chukandar Ki Pattiyon ki Sabzi - पनीर और चुकंदर की पत्तियों की सब्जी (Indian Cottage Cheese in Beetroot Greens' Gravy)

Hello friends,


I bought these commonly available Red Bettroots and Gold Beetroots (I never bought them before) with leaves. So, I was wondering what to do with those greens as I didn't want to waste them. And, didn't want to do stir-fry them. And, for a while, I had been craving for "Palak Paneer (Paneer in Spinach Gravy)". There was this excellent idea. I cut my greens and made a gravy out of it for paneer. The final curry had a subtle taste of beetroots, with a wonderful usual deliciousness of palak paneer :)


Paneer aur Chukandar Ki Pattiyon ki Sabzi - पनीर और चुकंदर की पत्तियों की सब्जी (Indian Cottage Cheese in Beetroot Greens' Gravy)


Ingredients
Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) - 1.5 cup, cubed (I usually prefer smaller cubes, easier for kids and all)
Beetroot Greens - 4 cups (or more per your liking, remember they will wilt down to hardly 2 cups)
Onion - 1 cup, finely sliced
Tomato - 1 cup, roughly chopped
Haldi (Turmeric Powder) - 1/2 tsp
Lal Mirch (Red Chili Powder) - 1 tsp
Dhaniya (Coriander) Powder - 1 tsp
Jeera (Cumin) Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Preparation

  • Finely chop your green and thoroughly wash them (I also used stems and did not throw them). Cube paneer and keep them aside.
  • Take a pan and add onion to it. Fry till, it becomes translucent.
  • Now, add all dry masala powders, greens and tomato and mix well.
  • Let them cook till greens have wilted all the way down to more than half and cooked well (about 4-5 min.)
  • Let the mixture cool slightly and then grind into a paste (beets usually cannot be ground into a fine paste like spinach).
  • Heat a pan (I usually use the same pan used before, so that I don't lose any of the masalas stuck to that pan).
  • Now, add the ground gravy and paneer both in the pan and cover them (covering is important, as the gravy immediately starts spitting out of the pan).
  • Cook for about 3-4 minutes and all done (Wasn't that easy).

Serving
Serve it hot with roti/paratha/naan or even regular bread. Tastes delicious and no one can even tell the difference if it not palak paneer. After this experiment, now I have decided to use all my greens like this as this is the best use of them.


As I have used very little oil (just 1 tsp) for the entire curry and this is low calorie too, I am sending this to event Only Series - Low Oil/Low Calorie event guest hosted by me and started by Pari.




This goes to my own event of Healing Foods - Beetroot, started by Siri. Keep sending your entries for this event.


That's all for now. Take care till next post.

28 comments:

aipi said...

very innovative and approachable dish..a great idea to use the beet greens instead of throwing them away ..looks exactly like palak paneer..creamy n yummy!

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Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

love the idea of adding beet greens instead of throwing them to trash...very similar to palak paneer...very unique,rich creamy dish with my fav paneer...

Torviewtoronto said...

healthy curry

Anukampa said...

Great and unique recipe Priya.
It looks so healthy and nutritious.

Satya said...

wow very healthy n creative dish dear ...very new n interesting combo ...curry looks sooo tempting

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Excellent combo of Paneer and Beetroot. The color is so tempting. Must have tasted excellent as well.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

very new recipe... looks yum!

Priya (elaichii) said...

Reminds me of palak Paneer! I've always thrown those beet greens away, but I won't anymore!

SS blogs here said...

That does sound like a good idea to use leafy veggies! Looks delicious!

Shanthi said...

Creamy and very creative combo.

Jayashree said...

I have never cooked anything with beet greens. Like your idea.

Roshan said...

nice method to use those beet greens!!

sonu said...

wow priya,it looks like palak paneer only,i always throw the greens of beet :D ..now i know wht to make out of it..thanx for sharing such innovative recipe !

jais said...

healthy recipe

Priya said...

Looks exactly like palak paneer, brilliant idea of using beets greens Priya..

Jay said...

Awesome dish...perfect n healthy...:)

An Open Book said...

oh wow i like the idea of using beetroot greens

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

luks delicious,very innovative combo.

Umm Mymoonah said...

That's very unique and healthy, looks so yummy.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Very innovative. Never used beet greens in cooking. Sounds like a interesting addition. Good one Priya !!

Harman said...

NCE..looks tempting!

Leena said...

Love the lush green colour of the gravy...Yummy

Leena said...

Love the lush green colour of the gravy...Yummy!

women-wisdom.com said...

What a lovely and innovative diah with beet greens! Fantabulous( fantastic & fabulous).
Loving it :-)
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sangeeta said...

Hey Priya ...i love using the beetroot leaves but never ever used it like palak paneer .... great recipe and very very healthy.

Nitha said...

Healthy n innovative..

Sanjana said...

This is such a great way of using up leftovers. Especially like the way you've added paneer to perk up the dish :) paneer could perk up any dish, I think! Lovely idea.

Mriganayani said...

I have beet greens and some spinach and some paneer - guess what Im making for lunch today! Thanks for the idea!

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