HMMM It was thursday afternoon when it all started....while surfing i saw this yummy picture of palak paneer on one of the food sites, though I am not a BIG fan of palak but i do like it in gravy dishes. I wanted to go home and make palak paneer that moment itself...you know how cravings are....so i patiently waited till the clock ticked 6 and immediately ran out of office to buy some fresh spinach leaves. Being very fussy as I am I really dont like the taste of frozen vegetables, i always prefer fresh ones. Unfortunately fresh spinach's are not available everywhere here.....people usually use the frozen cubes. As i was walking towards the supermarket I was praying that i get some fresh spinach today. I didnt have much hope as I was already late...shops get closed by 6 here and very few shops are open till 7 or 8, even if you find them open most of the fresh leafy veggies are already gone. As i reached the counter i saw there was only one BIG bunch of baby spinach leaves left and I immediately grabbed it...i felt as if i found a treasure :) an aged guy standing next to me gave me a look as if I am crazy, I gave him a big smile..m sure i must have :))....in all my excitement i didnt even notice that the bunch which i had bought was very very BIG, i guess lots of spinach recipes coming up in my future posts :)
Hmmm one down and one more to go....paneer....again i didnt want to use the frozen paneer....they are not fresh and the one which we get here are hard as a rock, whereas I prefer homemade paneer are soft with melt in mouth texture. Well making paneer was absolutely out of question as it will require lot of time and i didnt really have so much patience...so not giving up i made this dish using sweet corns. The dish came out very well, i simply followed my mom's tips on spices and the result was creamy and delicious curry. Perfect for nan, roti and parathas. I simply adore this recipe because of its simplicity and taste :)) It just took me under 30 mins to prepare this yummy dish :)
Sending corn palak to SWC- Cooking with greens event guest hosted by Sowmya of Creative Saga, mastermind of Laksmi. This dish is also off to WYF : Quick Meals hosted by EC.
2 cups of fresh spinach leaves
2 medium onions squared
2 medium tomatoes squared
1 cup sweet corn (i used canned)
3 medium green chiilies
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1 tsp fresh cream for garnishing
- Blanch the spinach in hot water for about 8 - 10 mins, until the leaves become soft.
- Grind together onions, tomato, green chillies with very little water to make a smooth paste.
- Heat the oil in a pan, add in ginger paste, saute for few seconds, now add in the onion-tomato paste, salt, sugar and turmeric powder.
- Cook the gravy for about 5 to 7 mins until the raw taste of onion disappears.
- Now add in the sweet corn kernels and simmer for about 3 to 4 mins.
- Grind the blanched spinach into smooth paste.
- Just before serving, add the spinach paste in the gravy and simmer for about 2 mins.
- Adust the salt and sugar according to taste.
- Garnish with fresh cream or malai and serve hot with nan, roti or parathas.