Not a “you must never have heard of it” kind of dish. But more like “you wouldn’t have prepared Paneer using this method “ sorts..
Or maybe I should say that just about myself. I had never heard of this dish before. at least before I got this chance to watch an episode of “Turban Tadka” by the famous Masterchef Harpal Singh Sokhi.
I have had my moments with mint, mostly in chutneys and sometimes in this Mint raita. And obviously I love Palak paneer but the most I have gone adventurous with it is in this Paalak Malai paneer. But mint spinach paneer. Naah!
Anyway, how I dealt with this saga, that’s a topic for another day. But I used up that mint in this recipe.
I was amused at the result. The dish turned out to be pretty amazing and delicious. The use of cashews brought a natural creaminess to the dish which complimented the greens very well. Note to self- try more recipes with cashews and green vegetables.
Since this is a typical Punjabi dish, it uses some whole spices too, which makes it very flavourful. In the original recipe, Chef Sokhi had not used spinach but I had some lying in the fridge so I added it to the dish. This combination of all the three green leaves (mint, spinach and coriander ) tasted so awesome with Paneer.
Usually when we have Paneer dishes, we make them either with gravy or without gravy. This one is also different since this is a semi-gravy dish, neither dry nor runny. So it goes very well with Chapathis, roti or Paranthas. Usually I serve this curry with a healthy raita (yogurt dip) like Okra raita or roasted garlic raita or spring onion raita etc.
Coming to the topic of mint .. Honestly, this fragrant herb amazed me with its uplifting but not so dominant presence. I read a bit more about mint after having this, and got to know more about its benefits. And since then I have pinned more than 20 recipes already on Pinterest so I could use it more and more while the season lasts.
Some of the Health benefits of Mint are :-
- Relieves indigestion
- Fights aches and pains
- Gives you glowing and acne free skin
- Helps relieve cough and asthma
- Helps fight oral infections
- Helps relieve the pain associated with menstrual cramps
- Boosts immunity
- Beats morning sickness in pregnant women
- Helps fight cancer
- Beats stress and depression
Nutritional info: Gluten free and low in calories. Excellent source of calcium, antioxidants, iron and vitamin A. Aids in digestion and fights fatigue.
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