I like Spinach. And Indian cuisine. I recently embarked on making Indian dish on my own and this is the start.
I used this recipe from Food Network but I modified it too much and now it’s more like its own recipe.
- For flavored tofu (use in place of paneer):
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
pinch sea salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use Canola)
1 (16-19 oz.) pack of extra firm tofu, cubed to about 1/2″
- For Saag:
2 (12 oz. package) frozen chopped spinach
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoon garlic and ginger paste (available at Asian grocery store)
1/3 halapeno pepper, very finely chopped (this is very small amount. I don’t like it too spicy. But original recipe called 1 large serrano chile! I can’t do that)
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup plain yogurt
- For turmeric flavored rice:
2 cups brown Basmati rice
boiling water (maybe 3-4 quarts)
1 teaspoon turmeric
- Cut tofu into 1/2″ to 3/4″ cubes. Extra firm tofu can be spread out on tea towel to remove water. If you use regular firm tofu, cube and then microwave for 2 minutes to remove excess water.
- Whisk turmeric, cayenne pepper, salt and oil together and coat the tofu cubes with mixture. Leave until ready to cook. I usually start Saag and when my hands are free, I start frying tofu.
- Heat frying pan in medium-high heat, add marinated tofu. Make sure at least three surfaces of tofu are golden brown. Set aside.
- Thaw the spinach overnight in the fridge. In a hurry, you may microwave for 5-8 min in a large bowl, mixing every 2 minutes.
- Add about 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan. (optional: if you hate crying with onions, microwave onion separately for about 4 minutes, then cook together.) Add onions, garlic-ginger paste, halapeno pepper. First saute in high heat then after onion becomes cooked, lower the heat and cook until caramelized but not scorched. It takes a long time. You don’t have to stir all the time. I usually stir about every minutes.
- Add other spices and stir further. If needed, add one to two tablespoons of water to prevent scorching. Saute until spices’ fragrant gives off.
- Add spinach and stir well. If raw spinach is used, add water, but with frozen spinach, it’s not really needed. Cook for about 5 min
- At the low heat, add yogurt and stir. Add fried tofu cubes and cook until tofu cubes are warmed. Serve with turmeric rice (or naan or whatever you like!).
Turmeric flavored rice:
- Boil a lot of water, at least 5 times the volume of rice.
- Wash rice in colander.
- Add turmeric and rice. Keep at low boil for 20-30 minutes. Fresher rice cooks faster.
Note: this is VERY MILD recipe. I don’t like spicy and so does my daughter. Original recipe called for ONE SERRANO CHILE! I can’t take that for sure 😮