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Palak Paneer (Curried Spinach and Cheese)

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Categories: Vegetarian
Type: Main Dishes

This Americanized version of curried spinach and cheese is a surprise hit with children who like robust flavors.

Serves: Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bag prewashed fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2" cubes (about 1/2 cup)
  • Hot cooked rice

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Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the spinach and cook, quickly working the spinach down with tongs or a wooden spoon, until wilted but still bright green. Remove the spinach to a plate and cool.
  2. In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the flour and curry powder, and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly. Stir in the milk and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Return the spinach to the skillet and stir.
  3. Let the spinach cool slightly in the skillet. In batches, puree in a blender or food processor. Return the puree to the skillet and stir in the cheese cubes. Serve with rice.

excerpted from:

Reprinted from The Baby Bistro Cookbook: Healthy, Delicious Cuisine for Babies, Toddlers, and You by Joohee Muromcew. Copyright 2003 by Joohee Muromcew. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling (800) 848-4735 or visit their website at www.rodalestore.com.

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