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Paneer with Tomatoes and Spinach Recipe

Do you love Indian food? Are you a vegetarian? Do you want some bright colors in your bowl when it's dreadfully gray and cold outside? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you are going to like the Paneer with Tomatoes and Spinach recipe I developed for you this past weekend.

A few weekends ago I had a chance to check out an Indian grocery store and, among other things, I picked up a package of paneer: Indian cheese.

This cheese doesn't have a lot of flavor, but is good at taking on the flavors of whatever ingredients you mix into the dish. You can make paneer at home very easily, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying it.

One of the properties of paneer that lends itself great to this dish is that when it's pan-fried, it doesn't melt!

I hope you enjoy this healthy and quick recipe.

Paneer with Tomatoes and Spinach
enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of your pan
14 ounces paneer, cubed
1 red onion, finely chopped
1-2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
salt & pepper
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
10 ounces frozen spinach, defrosted, liquid squeezed out
to serve: rice, naan, cilantro and/or yogurt.

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan or skillet with a wide bottom. Carefully add the cubes of paneer and cook until at least two sides of the cheese are golden brown. If you have a lot of patience and time, cook the cheese until all of its sides are golden brown. Be careful while doing this because oil tends to splatter and one of the paneer cubes managed to jump out of the pan while I was preparing this dish. Remove the paneer from the pan and set aside.

2. Add the red onion to the pan and cook for five minutes. Add ginger and cumin seeds and continue to cook for another two minutes.
3. Season with salt and pepper, add diced tomatoes and continue to cook for another five minutes.
4. Add spinach, adjust the seasoning and let everything gently bubble for five minutes.
5. At this point, heat your naan or rice.

6. Add paneer back to the pan and let it heat through.
7. Serve on top of rice or alone in a bowl with a side of grilled naan. Top with yogurt and fresh cilantro.

I had the leftovers for lunch today. The flavors only deepen!

Have you ever made paneer at home? What dishes did you make with it?


Cecilia said...

This looks delicious, I could have some right now!

Mary said...

$3.99! WTF! Paneer is $9.99 at Whole Foods. Which store did you go to? I want to go. NOW.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

It was some random store I happened to find when my friend Daphne and I were driving in VA. It’s called Patel Bros. They had so much stuff there!!!

Megan said...

Love the addition of the tomatoes!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Love the charred look of the paneer! This is something I must recreate for my Indian-crazy husband!

Mariya said...

Thanks for making it sound to easy. You're awesome.

Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff said...

Ooh, this sounds great! I love paneer - it's like cheesy tofu!

vaishali sharda said...

All the Indian grocery stores sell it for around that price..$9.99 sounds a lot to me. You can easily make around 14 ounce paneer at home from 1/2 gallon of whole milk...:)

vaishali sharda said...

Loved this simple recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

I’m so glad! Thanks for your comment.

Meister said...

I shock even myself when I admit I've never had paneer. I guess it's time -- this sounds like the perfect gateway recipe!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

yes! do it!!!

The Hungry Housewife said...

What a beautiful dish! Indian food is growing on me!

Sarah said...

Oooh I love paneer...I will most definitely try this out! Is the Indian food store local? I would love to go!

Esi said...

This looks delicious. I've actually been wanting to make my own paneer because I hear it's so easy

beti said...

I haven't heard about paneer, it looks like tofu but better :) your recipe sounds delicious

sally said...

I made an Indian dish last night, but it would have been better with paneer. I'll have to try your recipe.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Definitely let me know when you give this a try!