Sunday, 29 April 2007

JFI Greens: Swiss Chard-Spinach Blend with Paneer

My entry for the ever popular Food Blog Event JFI, this time, the theme is Greens - a perfect way to welcome the Spring and Summer seasons ahead. This recipe is simple, healthy and tasty. A blend of baby spinach, Swiss chard and just a tiny bit of broccoli, sauteed in ghee, cornflour, spices and topped with home made paneer......a treat for hungry stomachs, serve this with some puris or parathas and you have a meal that is sure to nourish. I added just a little bit of broccoli, this gives it a nice flavor, though you can hardly notice it. A sneaky way for Baby Siddh to get his share of broccoli....Here is my easy recipe.
  • 1 small head broccoli - chopped finely(optional)
  • 2 large bunches of Baby Spinach- chopped coarsely
  • 1 small bunch - Swiss Chard- Chopped
  • 1 large tomato - chopped
  • 1 small onion- chopped
  • 2 tbsp - Corn Flour mixed with a little water to form a paste
  • Jeera seeds (cumin), Asafoetida, Ghee ( 1 tbsp) - for the Tempering
  • 4 tbsps- fresh cream or milk
  • Salt, a pinch of sugar, dhania-jeera powder, turmeric, chili powder - to taste
  • Homemade Paneer or Store bought Paneer - cubed and shallow fried till golden.

Wash all the greens thoroughly and set aside. Chop the Broccoli, Spinach and Swiss Chard finely. Blanch the greens in some boiling water and cool. Cook the broccoli separately and let it turn soft, but not too mushy. Blend all of these together and set aside.

In a deep pot, heat the ghee. Add the asafoetida, when it sizzles, add the cumin seeds, turmeric, and chili powder. Add the onions and let cook for five minutes. Add the tomato now and cook until the oil starts leaving the sides of the pan. Add the blended mixture, taking care to lower the heat so it doesn't splatter everywhere. Add the spices and the Cornflour mixture,this will ensure that the greens stay uniform. Let it cook further- around 10 minutes more. Add the cream now and let it cook for five more minutes.

Add the Paneer pieces if you would like at this point, or just before serving. Serve hot with Puris or Parathas for a delicious meal. Enjoy.


Sreelu said...

Looks so delicious, love the grilled paneer. I bet this tastes awesome.
Glad to see you back

Asha said...

Great combo T!:)) Looks nutritious and gorgeous.Great entry.I love the Paneer.Thank you.Have fun this weekend or whatever left of it:))

musical said...

i made something with red chard for JFi last night :). will be posting it today.what a coincidence! am glad, super excited :)). Great minds think alike. what else :))

nz said...

wow, looks heavenly ;-) But how do you fry paneer - when I do that, the oil splatters everywhere and the paneer doesnt stay in shape, so I have stopped frying paneer altogether. Let me know how you fry it for such recipies :-)

Sushma said...

The spinach-chard paneer looks mouth watering. And those Home made paneer cubes came out so perfect..

Lovely Healthy and Nutritious entry Trupti

Coffee said...

Hahaha..... wait till he gets a chance to read ur blogs...... mari mummy mane avirite khavdavti hati!!!! HUH!!!!! ;)

The pic looks fab!!!! Loved the combo :)

Menu Today said...

Hi Trupti,
Great entry for JFI. Curry looks nice. Thanks for sharing.

ServesYouRight said...

Delicious!! Nice change from good old spinach!

Delighted to see you back - wishing the computer good health and a long life!!


Richa said...

subzi looks great trupti! aa palak panir nu bau saras variation lage che, try karis. photo joiney maja aavi :) amara gharma badhanu panir bhavey, amey hamna restaurant ma thi palak panir khainey aavya che:)

archana said...

Nice entry Trupti :)Chard is nice green,totally new vegetable for me.A healthy nutritious recipe and a good post.

Vcuisine said...

Nice one Trupti. sounds interesting with the ingredients. Viji

Roopa said...

Wow nice greeny and healthy combo Trupti!
The paneer just goes very well too!

sunita said...

That's a very nice entry...and nutritious at that...thanks.

Sharmi said...

Beautiful entry and recipe. did you get back the pics and music files? how is your laptop?

Vani said...

Looks yummy!!
What a coincidence. I've got some paneer and rainbow swiss-chard to make this dish. I've always found that swiss-chard is more closer to our Desi palak than the spinach we get here in US.

Alan said...

This one looks really good!

Sandeepa said...

Good to see you back Trupti...looks good the paneer and the swiss chard.

That sari on your sidebar is lovely too :)

USHA said...

Hi Trutpi,

Lokks gr8,presentation is good like panner dipping slowly into the spinach....

It is completely new recipe for me.

Manjula said...

Just saw red chard on musicals, now its swiss chard! Great going on greens everywhere.
Love your recipe without garam masala and with hing instead! Really excited to try this one.
Trupti, Can this be done with mustard greens & spinach instead of swiss chard & spinach combo?

Mythreyee said...

Trupti, this looks superb.

swapna said...


Sia's Corner said...

who would have thought to mix n match baby spinach, swiss chard and broccoli with paneer!!! what a combo T. looks like u cleared all green veg from ur fridge:)

Swapna said...

That's a lovely combo..Great recipe, T..Thanks for sharing

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hey Trupthi,
Swiss chard had got similar texture as spinach.Think this is similar to palak paneer.Good one.

Anonymous said...

lovely recipe ben...nice entry for the event...I am sure foodies will enjoy the dish...thanks for sharing

Seema said...

You are so very creative buddy. Using beautiful broccoli along with spinach and swiss chard.... oh my god this has loads of green in it. Lovely looking dish. Yummy yummy and good for tummy.

Linda said...

Hi Trupti -- you don't mean to say your snow has finally melted!! ;) Springtime greens mix is lovely for palak paneer -- I must try the spinach/chard combo. Great idea to add broc too! Looks super delicious :)

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Hi Trupti, the fried paneer and greenish swiss-chard is a nice combination. I haven't really tried swiss-chard. Now that i got your recipe, will sure buy them. Thanks.

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