Jaffrey's Homemade Indian Cheese With Spinach

61 mins (prep 26, cooking 35)
15 ingredients
4-5 servings
Entered for ZWT. From Madhur Jaffrey's "World Vegetarian." Known in India as "Saag Paneer." This comes from Punjab, eaten with whole wheat rotis (flatbreads) through the winter when spinach is plentiful. Sometimes spinach is cooked by itself, and sometimes with other greens such as mustard greens and fenugreek greens. A few green chiles are always thrown in, partly for their heat and partly for their vitamins. The mixture is cooked until buttery soft and lightly mashed, almost churned, with a special wooden masher not dissimilar to the Mexican implement used to froth up milk. A medley of tomatoes, ginger, and onions is then sauteed separately and added to the greens. Paneer is thrown in only for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Fresh or dried fenugreek greens are optional; if using fresh, take the leaves off the stalks and wash them well. Note: few restaurants use fresh greens or fresh paneer. Many use a jalapeno for the hot green chile.

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Serving Size (78.32 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 122.01 Calories from Fat 104.67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.63g 71.57%
Saturated Fat 0.87g 17.37%
Trans Fat 0.04g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 736.31mg 122.72%
Total Carbohydrate 4.69g 6.25%
Dietary Fiber 1.06 g 16.92%
Sugars 2.48 g %
Protein 1.05g 8.41%
Vitamin A 359.96IU% Vitamin C 11.86mg%
Calcium 28.7mg% Iron 1.52mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
distilled white vinegar, fresh spinach, fenugreek leaves, fresh, hot green chili, cornmeal, fresh ginger, roasted


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