Friday 18 October 2013

Spinach and Cottage Cheese with a Potato Galette

Tired of having the same old boring Palak Paneer dish? 
Try out my videshi twist on our desi Palak Paneer which is sure to attract your kids towards its leafy goodness and never again would you face a problem trying to make them eat spinach. Like, I too have never been a great fan of palak paneer and remember as a kid, I always use to find ways and means to avoid it as far as possible. But this is one spinach dish that totally won me over- I think the golden, crispy bronzed layer of potatoes on the top did the trick and the best part, the kids too totally loved the palak paneer in its new avatar. 
1 kg spinach, washed and chopped finely
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
200 gms cottage cheese/paneer, mashed finely
2 tsp mayonaisse
2 tbsp hung curd
1 cup Marinara sauce (check the recipe here)
4 medium sized potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tsp garlic salt (optional)
salt and pepper to taste.

Wash potatoes and slice them into thin slices. Dry them on a paper towel.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan. Add the potato slices and season with the garlic salt, pepper and dried rosemary. Saute over high heat for 4-5 minutes, gently stirring until the potato slices are just starting to soften and become translucent. Transfer the potatoes on to a plate and keep aside.
In the same pan, heat the remaining oil. Add the chopped onion and garlic, saute for 20 seconds. Add in  the spinach, season with salt and pepper and saute for 3-4 minutes until the spinach has wilted and its liquid has completely evaporated. Set aside on a plate.
Next add the mayonnaise and hung curd to the cottage cheese and mix it thoroughly. Season.
To assemble
Cover the bottom of a baking dish with the cottage cheese mash.
Spoon the spinach on top of the cottage cheese.
Next, cover the spinach with the marinara sauce.
Finally, spread the potatoes on top to cover completely. Sprinkle the top with some dried rosemary and garlic salt.(I can't tell you, how much I had to resist myself to add some mozzarella cheese at this point, but ditched the idea in view of keeping it more healthy. It actually tasted great without the cheese but you can go ahead and add some cheese if you like.)
Bake the dish in a preheated oven at 200C for 25-30 minutes till the potatoes are crispy and golden brown.
Dig in and enjoy the healthy feel of gorging on a dish full of amazing goodness.


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