Palak Paneer - 1

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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2 cups oil
1 cup paneer cheese -- cubed
1 medium onion -- chopped
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ginger -- (opt)
1/4 teaspoon red chile powder
1 pound frozen spinach
1 large tomato -- chopped
1/4 teaspoon red chile powder

Preparation / Directions:

This curried spinach dish features paneer, an Indian cheese available in Indian or ethnic supermarkets. Substitute cubes of firm tofu or 1 cup of green peas if paneer is unavailable. Heat oil for deep frying. Fry cheese cubes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sauté onions in a saucepan or wok with 3 tablespoons of the oil. "Splutter fry" garlic, garam masala, ginger and chile powder. Add spinach and tomatoes. If using green peas, mix in here. Lower heat and cook 20-30 minutes; until spinach cooks down into a pasta-like consistency. Raise heat and simmer until the oil floats to the top. Add the cheese or tofu. Heat and serve. Serve 2 as a main dish, 4 if served with other dishes.

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