Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Palak Paneer

Initially I was going to make Palak Soybina Panira from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. As I was looking over the recipe this afternoon it hit me that Dreena's version of Palak Paneer totally left out that creamy component that makes Palak Paneer so good. So, I set out to hunt down another recipe. I came across this recipe and decided it looked easy to veganize, so this is the one I went for.

For the paneer I used Dreena's recipe of cubed tofu marinated in lemon juice and tamari, and I subbed soy creamer for the heavy cream. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. While this isn't exactly like the Palak Paneer you'd get at an Indian restaurant, it is a pretty close replication. I was very pleased (although the photo looks less than appetizing!!). As was Rob, this was one of his favorite meals we've had in a long time. It is a bit spicy, so you could definitely cut down the red chili powder if you'd like it milder. It was too spicy for the girls, however I only used about 1/2 of the tofu in this dish and they loved the other half.

To help cool the mouth we munched on this delicious homemade naan. I used this recipe, subbing soy yogurt and Earth Balance for the yogurt and ghee. A few of my naan got slightly too thin, and therefore over-cooked. But, even the crispy one's were nice. A terrific Indian feast.


  1. Mmmmm I adore Indian food (although I always sub the chilli for paprika because I'm such a sook :P).

    Wow and you made your own Naan too! I've wanted to, but it always seems way too intimidating and I chicken out.

  2. This naan was super easy, there really was nothing to it (I didn't even use my stand mixer, and I don't typically bake anything unless I can throw it in the mixer and let that do the work!!)

  3. "less than appetizing"? Huh? That looks insanely good. I've also been wanting to make naan FOREVER. I've been to scared. Hmmmm.

  4. I've never had palak paneer, but it always makes me think of the restaurant Panera. I bet that's what they based their name on! But I'll try it if I can have some of that naan! That looks good!

    About the quiche recipe, it is from a cookbook called Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking, and it actually has a lot of great easy meals in it. I was in a hurry to post which is why I didn't mention the book. If you give me your e-mail, I will send you the recipe, it is very very easy!

  5. This looks delicious! Palak panner and muttar panner used to be my two favorite Indian dishes. I'll definitely have to try this one.