Saag “Paneer”

saag paneer
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skinny+bitch+cookbookSaag paneer is an Indian spiced spinach dish that is a favourite take-out dish in my household. That is, until I discovered this healthier homemade version from “Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook” which substitutes paneer (cheese) for tofu. I like to serve this with brown basmati rice and curried chickpea patties. Deeelish!


  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 lb spinach, stems removed (tip: use pre-washed packaged spinach to save time)
  • 1/3 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (8-oz) package firm tofu, cut into 1/2-in cubes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups freshly cooked brown rice



  1. Place the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the broth and spinach, cooking until the spinach begins to wilt. Add the coconut milk, cumin and cinnamon, and simmer 7 minutes.
  2. Pour the mixture into a blender or the work bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Gently add the tofu and cook 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


Image: Ewan Munro via Flickr



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I'm a Canadian mother of two with a passion for food and cooking. I'm increasingly discovering that delicious food can also be healthy! So, I am sharing my favourite recipes with like-minded home cooks. Along the way, I'll also be writing about food-related topics such as gadgets, books and television. Let the culinary adventures begin!

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