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Palak Paneer

What you need: 

2 tablespoons vegan margarine, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne or fresh green chilies
1 pound raw spinach
1/2 (6 ounce) can tomato paste (or 1 tomato)
1/3 cup cashews
1/2 onion, minced
1 teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
salt, to taste
tofu cubes (raw or fried), to serve

What you do: 

1. In medium pot over low heat, melt 1 tablespoon vegan margerine and add the cayenne pepper or chilies and spinach. A pound of spinach may sound like a lot, but it cooks down dramatically.
2. When the spinach is wilted, let it cool (you can add ice cubes if you're in a rush) and blend it in the food processor. Mix in tomato paste. If tomatoes are in season, boil and mash a fresh tomato instead of using tomato paste. Set aside.
3. Dry roast the cashews. Then blend the cashews to a fine powder in a food processor. Set aside. Saute the onions in 1 tablespoon of margarine until translucent. Add in the ginger, cilantro, garlic, turmeric, cumin, and coriander.
4. Cook for a few minutes. Add in the wilted spinach, tomato and cashew powder. Mix well and salt to taste. Top with tofu cubes (raw or fried). Serve with rice, rotis, or naan.
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Preparation Time: 
15 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15 minutes
Recipe Category: 


This recipe was outstanding! It made enough to split into two, half went over pan fried tofu for me and the other half went over steamed potatoes for my husband who is not a big tofu fan. After eating about half of mine, I added quinoa, red beans and chopped kale (all cooked) to the rest of it. It was amazing! I love this recipe, very versatile!


This was absolutely delicious! I've made it twice now for guests and have had great feedback. Thanks!


Yum, this was nice.  I had fresh tumeric and ginger on hand so used that and fresh chile and tomato which I blended with all the other spices and a bit of water.  I used frozen chopped spinach because that's what I had plus its a weeknight and pulling out the food processor was not a savoury thought.  It came out great.  Thanks for the recipe. 


This dish was really yummy :)  The flavors melded well and the spinach was very flavorful. I will definitely make this dish again.


This was really delicious!  To produce a more luxurious spinach mixture, a good idea is to blend half of a cooked potato into it.  Thanks for the recipe  :)


i don't have a food processor, and i now i really wish i did! i did everything, except that i didn't use the food processor! It was still yummy. and i want more!! :)


This was good.  I liked it better after it had sat overnight.  The flavors seemed to really fuse together.


*is intrigued* I will have to try this since I haven't had much luck with other palak paneer recipes. Thanks for an interesting recipe :)

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