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Paleo Saag Paneer

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time45 mins

Indian food is not only tasty ... it's chock-full of healthy ... with veggies, beans and tons of therapeutic spices. Saag Paneer is classic ... and made Paleo with non-dairy cheese.

 ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. ghee or extra-virgin olive oil
 2 tbsp coriander seeds
 ¼ tsp ground cardamom
 1 small onion, chopped (I use fennel)
 1 garlic clove, finely chopped (I microplaned it)
 1 1/2" piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped (I microplaned it)
 1 lb raw spinach (about 12 cups)
 1 small Indian green chile or serrano chile, finely chopped
 1 ½ tsp fresh lime juice
 Kosher salt
 6 oz feta, cut into 1" pieces (or use Paleo paneer)
 1 tsp cumin seeds
 ¼ tsp asafetida (optional)
 ¼ tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
1

Heat 1/4 cup ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook coriander seeds (I recommend crushing seeds slightly in a mortar and pestle before adding to pan) and cardamom, stirring constantly, until starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Add onion (fennel) and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Mix in garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

2

Add spinach into the pan by the handful, letting it wilt slightly after each addition before adding more. Cook until all the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add chile and lime juice; season with salt. Let cool 5 minutes.

3

Transfer spinach mixture to a blender or food processor (reserve skillet) and blend until a coarse paste forms ... about 1 minute. Return spinach mixture to pan and set over low heat. Stir in 1/2 cup water, then gently fold in feta, being careful not to break it up. Cook until feta is slightly softened and has absorbed some of the sauce, about 5 to 7 minutes (skip the feta step if using Paleo Paneer)

4

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 Tbsp. ghee in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds partially crushed in a mortar and pestle. As soon as cumin seeds start to pop, sputter, and brown, remove from heat, 1 minute tops. Immediately add asafetida if using and chili powder. Pour ghee mixture over spinach mixture. Top with Paleo Paneer if using.

5

Serve with Paleo tortillas or naan and rice or Banzaa orzo.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/4 recipe

Servings 0