I love love love saag paneer. And when our friend brought over two pounds of fresh paneer, I just had to find a good recipe. Here it is:
2 T. butter or ghee
1 T. minced fresh ginger
1 T. minced fresh garlic
3 small dried chiles
2 T. curry powder
Salt, to taste
1.5 lbs. spinach, washed well, cut into 1-inch pieces, water still clinging to the leaves
3/4 lb. fresh paneer cheese cubes
1/2 c. yogurt
1.5 c. light or heavy cream, preferably cultured (yogurt cream)
squeeze of lemon
Saute ginger, garlic, and chiles in the ghee or butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant (a few minutes). Add the curry powder, and stir until well-combined. Add the spinach, and saute until it wilts, boils, and the pan begins to dry.
Add salt and yogurt; bring to a simmer. Add the paneer, and gently combine; heat through, adjusting the seasonings. Add cream, and taste again for salt. Add a squeeze of lemon, serve, and enjoy!