Indian-Style Spinach with Fresh Cheese (Saag Paneer)

Published September 1, 2012. From Cook's Illustrated.

Why this recipe works:

Paneer, the fresh cheese called for in this Indian recipe, is available in some specialty markets, but it couldn't be more simple to make a home with whole milk and buttermilk. For a spinach sauce with great flavor, we combine spinach and mustard greens and spice them up with onion, garlic,… read more

Paneer, the fresh cheese called for in this Indian recipe, is available in some specialty markets, but it couldn't be more simple to make a home with whole milk and buttermilk. For a spinach sauce with great flavor, we combine spinach and mustard greens and spice them up with onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeño, plus some chopped tomatoes. Pureeing some cashews into the sauce adds richness and body.

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Serves 4 to 6

To ensure that the cheese is firm, wring it tightly in step 2 and be sure to use two plates that nestle together snugly. Use commercially produced cultured buttermilk in this recipe. We found that some locally produced buttermilks didn’t sufficiently coagulate the milk. Serve with basmati rice.

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