Friday Feast – Palak in a Jiffy


I hate cooking. Period.

Therefore, if at all I try a recipe, it just HAS to be something really quick and easy. So is this recipe for Friday Feast… Palak (paneer or aloo, whatever!)

Step 1 – Very very very roughly -Chop palak (spinach), onion and tomato (separately)

Step 2 – Cook these individually (i.e. palak in one pan, and onion/tomato – together with a little ginger-garlic paste in another) on a medium-high flame for about 5-7 mins.

Leave it to cool.

Do whatever you like for 15-20 mins. Check your Facebook status, Leave some spam comments on other peoples’ blogs, Tweet if you like… just enjoy.

When you are back:

Step 3 – Grind onion/tomato mixture first. Heat a teaspoon of oil in pan, throw in some jeera, a bay leaf and the ground mixture. Grind the palak, add that too.

Step 4 – Add all the powders you have in your kitchen – salt, chilli, haldi, dhani, jeera, garam masala – just whatever you like, really 😉 Don’t bother too much about quantities and proportions. You like it salty, add more salt. Like it spicy, add extra chilli or pepper powder. Its YOUR recipe, so cook it the way you want to!!

Let it simmer for 3-4 mins.

Step 5– Optional – Add either soft paneer, fried paneer (yummyyyyy ;-)) or boiled potato. I chose boiled potato simply because it wasn’t as fattening as paneer!

And the best part, eat this with roti or some really yummy aloo paratha.

That utterly drooolicious paratha, btw, is the easiest thing ever! Gets done in less than a minute!!! All you have to do, is dial lunchbrunch.co.uk and order it home 😉 (Thanks, Kanagu, for that awesome tip ;-))

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35 thoughts on “Friday Feast – Palak in a Jiffy

  1. Sounds yum-yum. Was trying to write recipes in 140 characters -recipes like this. But no one bit. 🙂
    Thank you, Ratna!! 140-characters recipes sounds like a great idea!!!

  2. Slurpilicious !! Hey I hate cooking too…. for example look at me, it’s nearly 11:30 a.m but I am not in the mood to cook lunch at all 😦 Sigh !!

    LOL, we are so much alike, Urmi!!
    Yummy photographs !! I really appreciate having this recipe because I am PATHETIC at aloo-palak, or palak-paneer etc… I can never manage to get the taste the way I like it 😦 Hopefully I will try it this way soon!!
    He he, I didn’t mention anything about ‘good taste’ in my post, did I? 😉 😈

  3. “Its YOUR recipe, so cook it the way you want to!!”
    —ROFL! Loved this post…and your recipe. I love palak recipes 🙂
    Awww, thanks Priya. I am not a fan of palak, but I can manage to down palak paneer and aloo palak!

  4. Okay your cooking posts always make me drool! And Indian food is not easily available here 😦
    Really? Seriously??? I never thought my cooking posts would make anybody drool.. not even myself… 🙂 So now I hope you are going to try these 😉

  5. I like the Paratha…WOW….yummy…… 😛 😛 😛
    Oh…Ok….you didnt do that paratha….you bought it huh ????? :mrgreen: But certainly looks yummy. 🙂 :mrgreen:
    LOL!! No way!! Me and Parathas? Never!!!! Though, I do try a lot, since I looove parathas. Just never get them right. Simpler to order 😉
    Pal…you are really cooking it up…dish after dish….with such cliche like I hate cooking at the beginning… 😉 😉 LOL….but I love these simple dishes. 🙂 🙂 And yummy paneer added to it, is awesome. 🙂
    Oh, I loooooooooooooooove paneer… Uma, next trip you and I should go on a paneer filled lunch. are you game?

    1. Oh yeah…begin with Paneer tikkas, Paneer parathas, theres even paneer dosa, paneer subzi…let me find some dessert with paneer too…. 😉 😉 😛 😛
      Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. can’t wait 🙂

  6. LOL!!! 😀 Brilliant! Recipe ho toh aisi!!
    Danke, danke, Ash!!

    In fact reminds me of all those umpteen cooking posts OG used to write! :mrgreen:
    ‘Throw in all the powders, do what u like in between’ and all that … 😀 😀
    Oh, I seem to have missed his enlightening posts 😦
    I cant stand palak…hence will not be trying this out sorry 😛 But hope u enjoyed eating it anyway 😀
    Arre, I used to hate it too, but kya kare, its healthy…sigh!! All healthy food is yucky!! 😈
    P.S.: The final tip from kanagu is the best!!! 😀 😀 😀
    I agree 🙂

  7. I like the recipe, specially the break in between:) And do those guys parathas overseas too? Just asking;)
    LOL!!! Overseas? I can ask them!! ROFL!

    1. I am planning to deliver in Hyd and make some money 😛 😛
      LOL! Seriously?? You’ll have a roaring business. Better make it all smiley shaped parathas and dishes, to mark your brand 🙂

      1. Palak figures in our lunch/dinner atleast once in a week. Its a hot fav @ home 😀
        This looks yummyliciously drooliciously awesomely tastefully desirable Pal 😛 It’s lunch time too, so better I flick some off ur pic 😉 😉
        Wow, every week? Very good, Swar! Mine is only monthly!! Only thing is its damn healthy!

  8. Love your simple and cooked in a jiffy recipes!! 😀
    Good one from somebody who proclaims to hate cooking! 😀
    Awww, thank you so much, Shilpa!! I swear I hate cooking.. with all my heart 🙂 My long term dream is to hire a full time cook 🙂

  9. Yummmy easy peasy it seems 🙂 but knowing me i will spoil this too nad its gonna burn 🙂 though I love cooking …
    No way you can burn this.. its too simple, Bikram! Why don’t you give it a shot?

    1. LOL @ ‘programmed taste’, that is actually quite true 🙂 Do try and let me know. Also, the palak we get here is simply awesome, the need to ‘clean and clean and scrub and clean again’ is totally not there 🙂

  10. Nice! I have tried palak with all possible veggies – potatoes, channa, paneer, tofu, carrot (??)…..btw paneer is fat only when fried! but paneer is paneer so who cares 🙂
    Btw – you can dry toast the paneer to get the effect of fried paneer….

    1. LOL, do you like palak so much?? Toasted paneer sounds great, Shweta, thanks for the tip . I love paneer, but never get to fry it because of the fat!!! Btw, did I welcome you to my blog earlier? If not, then a huge big welcome 🙂

      1. Haha – ya I do love palak and paneer….and thanks for inviting me so many times to your blog! I have never been welcomed more anywhere…. I have always followed your blog, in fact have commented last year also 🙂 but since I am not so regular with the comments I guess you didn’t recall…
        Shweta, I went back to your blog, and only then realised I’ve read you earlier, I think about a year back, is that right? I remember admiring your pieces of art too!! Will add you to my reader so I don’t miss out any more!!

  11. Pals, I have no idea how I missed out this post – but google reader, thankfully alerted me 😉

    I do something similar – and instead of frying the paneer, I just chop it up and drop them into the gravy – less fattening that way 🙂
    Parathas- I feel like eating some seeing how yummy it looks!

    You should publish a cookbook – cooking in a jiffy. Easy peasy cooking while you do fun stuff 🙂 Who knows you could be the next Julia Child 🙂 Btw have you read/watched Julie and Julia?

    1. What an idea, Smitha!!! If that ever happens, you can rest assured of some royalties your way 😉 I haven’t watched Julia and Julia, btw. Is it good? I love romcoms!

  12. Palak Paneer is one of my fav dish, esply i like it with extra dash of Jeera and spice. Yummmmy ! though I don’t like Aloo Palak. Biting Paneer with a coat of spicy palak is bliss along with Roti smeared with desi ghee is simply bliss !!!!

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