If you enjoy palak paneer with naan in an Indian restaurant, this recipe will come close if not better. Soft pizza crust topped with a fresh spinach sauce, topped with small paneer pieces, some onions and cheese, absolutely fantastic. Best enjoyed straight out of the oven.
All about that base about that base no trouble ;) ......
Just followed the instructions on the back of a packet of pizza yeast. It is available in the grocery store in the same section with ready made pizza base, pizza sauce etc.
I got 3 individual pizzas using 1 packet of pizza yeast.
Spinach is sautéed with garlic and a green chilli and coarsely pureed. Thinly sliced onions are sautéed till translucent and the spinach puree is added and flavored very simply with turmeric and garam masala. It's that simple and ridiculously tasty. The key is to not overcook the spinach. That helps retain its vibrant green color. My recipe made a lot more than I needed. I plan to mix the leftovers with paneer and enjoy the curry for another meal. Feel free to use half the quantities and try this recipe.
Fresh baby spinach -12 oz
Garlic - 2 cloves coarsely chopped
Ginger - 1 tbsp. coarsely chopped
Green chilli - 1 coarsely chopped
Yellow onion - 1 medium thinly sliced
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Take a pan and add 2 tbsp. oil, add the garlic, ginger and green chilli.
Once it sizzles, add the washed spinach.
I added half, let it wilt and then added the remaining.
Once it wilts, stop cooking and let it cool.
In the mean while, slice a medium sized onion thinly.
Once the spinach cools a little, pan will have some liquid, its the juice released from the cooked spinach. Skim the spinach from the pan and make a coarse puree in a blender. The puree should be thick.
Discard the spinach liquid from the pan and add a tablespoon of oil.
Add onion and sauté till translucent.
Add the spinach puree, salt, turmeric and garam masala.
Mix well, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
The sauce is done.
If you add cubed paneer at this point and warm it for a few minutes, you have palak paneer!
Paneer - 1/3 of a slab of store bought paneer diced small
Yellow onion - 1/2 medium sized thinly sliced
Shredded Italian cheese - 1 cup
Place pizza stone* in oven and pre heat to 425 F. (You can always use a baking sheet)
Divide pizza dough into 3 equal parts.
Roll out the dough, spread sauce, add onions and paneer, top with some shredded Italian cheese.
Bake for 9-10 minutes and enjoy piping hot!
* If you plan to make pizzas at home on a regular basis, a pizza stone is a great investment.