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Saag Paneer

Another first on Pineapple Sushi, we made homemade cheese! Paneer is a fresh cheese common in South Asian dishes. It is very similar to homemade ricotta cheese with its mild flavor, but can easily take on the flavor of any spice added to it. In this case, the cheese is marinated in cayenne and turmeric for a powerful pop in this spinach dish.

The Dish

The recipe is from the Food Network  and was an easy dish to whip up– spinach is sauteed with ginger, garlic, garam masala, corinander, cumin. The fresh cheese is cubed, marinated in spices, and lightly fried. Then the paneer is added to the dish and served with a side of basmati rice.


The spinach to cheese ratio seems about right here…




“E! The recipe says you need turmeric, coriander, cumin, and uhh anchovies! Extra anchovies!!” – M


The Verdict

With cheese being the star, it is a surprisingly light dish. The touch of yogurt at the end of cooking really helps mellow out some of the robust spices used in this dish.

Reviews from the PS crew:

E -Yum! Will make again!

S- It’s great!

M- Lacking in anchovy flavor, but alright…


Tumeric wishes and fried cheese dreams…


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