This. Is. Delicious. I added the cheese to Noah’s half and left it out of mine, but we both thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to taste; Noah liked his with a little more ginger and pepper and I could’ve used a little less, myself. If you don’t feel like making the paneer yourself, you can either buy some from your local Indian market(s) or leave it out entirely and throw in some pre-cooked chicken cubes instead.
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- 4 tablespoons coconut oil (divided)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (omit for AIP)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 pound paneer (omit for AIP)
- 1 small onion (chopped)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 1" piece ginger (peeled and minced)
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala (omit for AIP)
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander (omit for AIP)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin (omit for AIP)
- 1 pound spinach (finely chopped)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
- 8 cups milk (whole)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- Combine 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with the turmeric, cayenne, and salt. Gently toss in the paneer cubes, careful not to break them, and then marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the paneer until browned on each side, tossing every couple of minutes, then remove from the pan.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan and cook the onions, garlic, and ginger until caramelized, about 15 minutes. If it starts to burn or dry out, add a tablespoon or two of water.
- Add the garam masala, coriander, and cumin and cook, stirring, 3 minutes.
- Add the spinach and water and cook another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the yogurt and then add the paneer. Cover the pan and return it to the heat to warm through, about 5 more minutes.
- Place two layers of cheesecloth in a large strainer or colander and set it in the sink.
- Bring the milk to a low boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- Add the lemon juice and reduce the heat to low, continuing to stir. The milk will start to separate into curds and whey. If it doesn't, return the heat to medium, add more lemon juice, and keep stirring gently.
- Pour the milk into the cheesecloth and rinse with cool water. Gather the ends of the cheesecloth and twist them together so your cheese forms a ball and the excess liquid is squeezed out. Let it drain for 5 minutes.
- To make a block, place the ball of cheese (still in the cheesecloth) on its side between two plates. Place some heavy items like canned goods on top and let sit in the fridge for 20 minutes.