Arugula Saag Paneer

Greens are my favorite food to enjoy. I love greens in any form. Arugula is one of my most favorite greens to. I have it as a salad, as pizza topping, on bread as a sandwich, sometimes just munch on them as is. Such is my love for arugula.

I always make saag paneer which has spinach in it. But I tried making it with arugula and I loved it even more. Whole spices with soft melt-in-the-mouth paneer and the gorgeous greens is a delight for any foodie. 

If you are using store bought paneer you can make it soft by cutting it and soaking in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. Also you can always saute paneer in 1-2 tsp of ghee to make it crisp. Also make sure if you want to retain the bright green color of the greens do not cover it while steaming and cooking.

Servings

4-6

Prep Time

10-15 minutes

Cook Time

20-25 minutes

Total Time

30-40 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 16 ounce arugula
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee
  • 1” piece cinnamon
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1” piece ginger, grated
  • 3 green onion stalks white and green parts, chopped finely (see notes)
  • 1 -2 green chili, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 medium size tomato, grated
  • 10 cashew nuts
  • 1 cup paneer, cubed
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 2-3 tsp lemon juice
PREPARATION

Step 1
Soak the cashew nut in water for 30 minutes and make a paste out of it. I use a mortar and pestle to do this. Keep aside.

Step 2
Steam arugula in a pan with ½ cup of water for 5 minutes. Do not cover the pan. Cool slightly and grind coarsely. Keep aside.

Step 3
Heat ghee in the same pan add cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, cumin seeds. Saute for a minute and add turmeric. Now add garlic, ginger, green chili and green onion along with salt.

Step 4
Cook for 5-7 minutes and add grated tomato. Keep sauteeing until the fat leaves the sides of the pan. Add cashew nut paste.

Step 5
Cook for 10 minutes. Add the coarsely ground arugula and cook uncovered for 5-7 minutes. Add cubed paneer and garam masala. Mix well. Finally add lemon juice, mix  and serve hot with rotis or paratha.

Notes: 
I prefer to coarsely grind the arugula, if you prefer you can make a fine puree.  
You can use chopped white or red onion instead of the green onion.

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