Most Americans know the Indian restaurant staple palak paneer, spinach with cheese. If you make the same dish and add other green vegetables to the spinach, or replace the spinach entirely, the dish becomes a saag (greens). A saag may be made from almost any green vegetable, today, I am using Lacianto kale.
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Karl’s Kale Saag Paneer
Filed under Green Vegetables, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Karl’s Palak Paneer II
Adapted from Sinful Curry
From my research on the web I understand that the difference between Palak Paneer and Saag Paneer is that if you only use only spinach it is a Palak (spinach) and if you use a mixture of green vegetables it is a Saag (greens). The paneer in the title is an Indian cheese with a very high melting point.
Filed under Side Dishes, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Karl’s Samsa with Spinach and Paneer (Baked Samosa)
Adapted from a World Cook recipe
Today I was surfing the web looking for a new idea, some recipe, some country’s food I had not yet tried to make. I stumbled upon World Cook, a site out of the Netherlands with recipes from 133 countries (currently there are officially 196 countries total). It does not purport to be comprehensive, some countries have many recipes, others only a single one. You can search by country, ingredient, and day of the year. Many of the recipes have a bit of cultural background added to them if they are associated with a particular holiday. The site is also a bit of a travel log of their family’s visits to places away from home.
I spent hours exploring the site and it had an odd quirk. Whenever you select a recipe to look at, a second unrelated recipe appeared on the same page. For example the page for the Uzbekistan Samsa recipe also had one for Tomato Soup. One recipe would lead you to another, and another, and another. It became addictive to see where it all would lead. I finally chose the samsa recipe, but the original Uzbek recipe was a bit boring. The dough was OK, but the filling was just spinach and onions. I was going to have to spice this recipe up.
Filed under Main Dishes, Vegetarian MD
Karl’s Saag Paneer
Adapted from Sinful Curry
My son-in-law, Chris, just got back from two weeks in Shanghai, so he wanted anything but Chinese food for this Sunday’s dinner. I decided on Indian and I was trying for 5 dishes: Chicken Dopiaza (Chicken and Onion Curry), Chana Peshawari (Piquant Chickpeas), Split Red Gram (lental) Dal, Saag Paneer, and Pulao Rice. I have never made the first three dishes and they are definitely works in progress to be posted later. Last year I started making my own Palak Paneer. Once you have made fresh palak paneer you will find it hard to go back to any of the commercial imitations that are available.
Filed under Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetables