It’s creamy. It’s earthy. It’s one of my favorite dishes from India. Ladle saag panner over basmati rice and it’s also a surefire way to get a picky man to eat his spinach.
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp fresh grated turmeric
2-3 tsp homemade garam masala
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
Serrano chili, sliced thinly (to taste)
1 lb frozen spinach, thawed, juices retained
homemade paneer, to taste
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup half and half (or more to taste)
There’s only one way to get a picky man to love spinach.
Load it up with good flavor. Blend it so it’s no longer slimy. And add some delicious cheese to distract him from all the green.
First step: gather the ingredients. Whole Foods had fresh turmeric this week (see bottom right), so I did my happy dance.
Next, toast the ginger, turmeric, and garam masala in vegetable oil over medium heat until fragrant. Add the onion, garlic, and Serrano chili. Cook until softened, then toss on the spinach. Tell your Mr. Picky to look away if it’ll help. Me? I could dive right in.
Cook for a few minutes until hot, the onions are completely soft, and the flavors combine. Season with salt and pepper. Pour on half and half and butter. Delicious.
Add to a blender and pulse until fairly fine consistency is reached. You may thin with more half and half if necessary.
- vegetable oil
- 1 tsp ginger , fresh grated
- 1 tsp turmeric , fresh grated
- 2-3 tsp garam masala
- 1 onion , chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 serrano chili pepper , thinly sliced, to taste
- 1 lb frozen spinach , thawed, juices retained
- paneer , homemade, to taste
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup half and half
- Toast the ginger, turmeric, and garam masala in vegetable oil over medium heat until fragrant.
- Add the onion, garlic, and Serrano chili. Cook until softened.
- Add the spinach and cook for a few minutes until hot, the onions are completely soft and the flavors combine.
- Season with salt and pepper. Pour on half and half and butter.
- Add to blender and pulse until fairly fine consistency is reached.
- Add paneer (cheese) and eat hot, with basmati rice.