This dish starts as a classic Indian saag paneer — spinach with cheese cubes.
We bulked it out by adding home-canned chickpeas and home-canned okra. You can omit those though if you want to make a pure saag paneer, or don’t have them.
To be clear: this is a cooking with canning recipe, not a recipe for canning.
This recipe uses:
Yield: 8 x 1 cup (250 g / 8 oz) servings
Saag paneer with okra and chickpeas
- 1 half-litre jar home-canned chickpeas (1 pint jar)
- 2 half-litre jars home-canned okra (2 pint jars)
- 1 litre jar home-canned spinach (Or kale. 1 quart)
- 500 g paneer cheese (1 lb)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon gingerroot (fresh, grated)
- 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
- 1 tomato (chopped)
- 4 tablespoons coconut milk powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 250 ml water (1 cup / 8 oz)
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place into a bowl.
- Drain the okra; add to bowl.
- Drain the spinach, pressing it a bit to get excess water out. Chop up on chopping board; add to the bowl.
- Set the bowl aside.
- Cube the paneer cheese; brown in the heated 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan. About 5 minutes. Remove from pan and add to bowl.
- Add the second tablespoon of oil to the pan.
- Add the spices from the garam masala down to and including the garlic. Add as well the chopped tomato. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Mix the coconut milk powder, the corn starch and the water.
- Add to frying pan. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the contents of the bowl.
- Cover, and let cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- For the garlic and ginger, you can just use from a jar.
- If you don’t have coconut milk powder, you can use coconut milk from a jar. Or you can use heavy cream, or yoghurt.
- Indian paneer cheese is a cheese that does not melt during cooking, but rather, holds its shape. Instead of paneer, you could try halloumi cheese, or firm tofu, or just omit.
- Instead of spinach, you could try kale or another green of your choice.
Serving size: 1 cup (250 g / 8 oz)
A lot of the calories come from the chickpeas, but those are good calories.
- 528 calories, 99 mg sodium
* Nutrition info provided by MyFitnessPal