While I wait for my mother-in-law’s saag paneer recipe, I decided to try the one in my Indian Cooking cookbook. It wasn’t until after I made the recipe that I realized that the author’s name is Beverly Leblanc. Hmm. Is this why it was $3.99 at Marshall’s?
Nevertheless, the recipe seemed simple enough so I gave it a whirl. I cubed and pan fried paneer, then put it aside. I then sauteed an onion in ginger garlic paste and water. I added 3 bunches of fresh spinach leaves and simmered with the lid on until it was soft. I added garam masala, salt and chili powder. It didn’t taste like anything. I added more garam masala. Nothing. Finally, out of frustration, I added a teaspoon or so of sabji masala. Bingo.
In the end, it tasted good, though it was a little wetter than I would have liked and I probably should have drained it. It also didn’t really taste like any saag paneer I’d had before. My husband pointed out that I should have chopped the spinach fine. It wasn’t until after he said that that I realized that that was exactly what was wrong with it. The spinach leaves were too long.
Recipes from the web:
I suspect that my Indian Cooking cookbook, beautiful as it is, is geared towards non-Indians. When I added the amount of spices mentioned in the recipe, it didn’t have any taste. I think I need a new book – any recommendations? From Mom with Love looks good.