For dinner today, I was really craving something with tofu. Well, there is this DELICIOUS indian dish called Palak Paneer which is basically a blend of spices, spinach, and chunks of paneer. It was my childhood favorite and now my siblings love it. Paneer, for those of you who don’t know what that is, is chunks of cheese that looks just like tofu. Well, to make this dish vegan, my mom and I transformed the classic Indian dish. We used grains to make the spinach blend more hearty and healthy and used tofu instead of paneer. It tasted just as good and, in fact, is healthier – can’t go wrong in a situation like that!!
Yields 4 Servings
Serving Size: 1 bowl
2 large handfuls of raw spinach leaves (~ 6 cups raw)
1 cup quinoa cooked
1 large red pepper
1 large onion
6 oz extra-firm tofu (if you don’t want this to be vegan, feel free to use paneer in place of tofu and make the traditional palak paneer dish instead)
2-3 garlic cloves
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin seeds or cumin powder
1 tsp fenugreek leaves
1 tsp garam masala (indian spice) (optional if you want some spice)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
1. Blend together the spinach, quinoa, onion, tomato, red pepper, and garlic cloves.
2. Pour the blended “paste” into a pot and heat. Sprinkle in all of your spices and stir.
3. Cut your tofu or paneer into cubes and put into the pot. Let the spinach “paste” bubble a little to indicate that it is all cooking. The dish should end up more thicker than watery – that is when you know it is done.
4. Serve hot with bread or rice! Yumm