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Palak Paneer Mini Pizzas

Spice up personal naan pizzas with a flavorful topping of Indian-style curried spinach.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spinach, washed
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cups paneer (or firm tofu), cubed
  • 4 tablespoons oil (canola/vegetable)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Naan or pita
  • Grated mozzarella cheese

Steps

  1. Add spinach to a large pot of rapidly boiling water. Cook for 30 seconds, then drain. When slightly cooled, squeeze as much water out of the spinach as you can.
  2. In a blender/food processor, puree the tomatoes. Add spinach, and pulse so that the spinach remains slightly coarse.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium-high heat, and fry paneer until golden brown on all sides. Remove from pan, and set aside.
  4. In the same pan, heat remaining oil and butter. Add onions, garlic and ginger. Cook until soft and brown. Add chili powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric and garam masala to the pan. Stir, while cooking, for about 15-20 seconds until fragrant.
  5. Add tomato/spinach mixture, water, and salt to taste. Cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally. The mixture will thicken, and the spinach will transform from a bright green to a greenish-brown color.
  6. Stir in heavy cream, then add paneer. Cook for about 1 minute to warm the paneer through.
  7. Top mini naan/pitas with palak paneer and lots of grated mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, until naan is toasty and cheese has melted. Enjoy!