Sundays are for relaxing and catching up with friends and family. Lately I've been socialising a bit too much and the odd-sunday at home is a refreshing change and more than welcome.
Sunday is synonymous with lazying around, eating a delicious home-cooked meal and catching a movie. I did just that!
After much debating, my cousin and I settled on Palak paneer and chapatis for our cook-it-yourself-sunday-lunch. As a cook in compulsion, chapatis weren't such a complex task (save for the snail's pace execution) but palak paneer was something I had been savouring for years, never paying attention to how it is prepared.
Nevertheless, I borrowed my aunty's recipe, fused it with mom's recipe and added the ingredients that were available at home! Read the recipe here-
- One bundle palak
- Two green chillies
- 2 tablepoon cooking oil
- 10-15 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 250 grams paneer, cut into cubes
- Jeera for the tadka
- 1 finely chopped onion (optional)
- Salt to taste
- 2 teaspoon fresh cream (optional)
- Clean the palak by breaking off the hard stem and wash it twice or thrice to remove all the dirt.
- Steam the palak for 4 minutes in a microwave cooker. Alternatively, you could boil water in a steel vessel, dip the cleaned palak in it till it gets cooked.
- Once steamed, run cold water over the palak. This will held retain the nice green colour in the final preparation and not make it look blackish.
- Grind the palak and green chillies with a little water to make a smooth paste.
- Heat the oil. Add jeera and chopped garlic to the heating oil. Let it sizzle and cook until the garlic turns brownish.
- Add onion and cook it until it turns golden brown.
- Add the palak paste and give it oil boil.
- Add water to bring the palak gravy to a nice consistency (remember the gravy will thicken slightly once it cooks)
- Add salt as per taste and chilli powder if needed.
- Add paneer cubes and give it one stir without breaking the paneer cubes.
- Let it simmer on slow fire for 2-3 minutes.
- Add fresh cream for a creamy look to the gravy.
- Serve hot with chappatis or rice.
I mixed boiled macaroni and steamed american corn with one spoon of Fun & Foods Pasta & Pizza Spread and good old Amul cheese spread. I finished up the one minute salad by adding salt and freshly ground pepper for taste.
The food turned out to be pretty good. The salad was a quick-fix and a rather taste one. The black grapes for dessert (my cousin's surprise) was a perfect end to a sumptuous home-cooked lunch on a lazy sunday afternoon, while the 'Hip-hop' movie 'You Got Served' kept us glued way past lunchtime.