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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Palak Tofu and Palak Paneer with added nutrition of Mom's love.Paneer Versus Tofu Nutrition Analysis.

"You should serve your mother,then your mother,then your mother,and then your father".(A simple hadith[Saying of Prophet Muhammad(pbuh)] that speaks volumes about mother's importance)
Mom's have a special place in our hearts and deserve immense respect for their unconditional love and endurance.Never realized a mother's job can be so challenging until I became a mother myself.Motherhood requires lot of patience for raising a child right from the pain of birth ,changing countless poopy diapers,the prayers and sleepless nights when you are sick and tolerating those toddler tantrums and teen angst.As our first teacher ,moms help us learning the first words,take the first steps and first lessons in manners that eventually shape our future.Moms stand by you through every thick and thin of our life.Did I miss something,Yes! its mom who makes the best meals.Nothing like warm home made food made with added nutrition of Mother's love.
My Ammi is a master cook besides being a connoisseur of home making.She recognizes spinach as a vegetable with vital nutrients,doesn't miss including it in her diet at least twice a week.Paneer or Tofu seem just right for her to add that bite of calcium and protein in to the green wonder.

Paneer(Indian cottage Cheese) Versus Tofu
Paneer and Extra firm tofu are identical in texture,hard to distinguish from it external appearance.You wouldn't know that this is Palak Paneer

and this Palak Tofu unless you take a bite full of each of these delectable dishes.

Paneer is a dairy product(a kind of cheese) while Tofu is Soy product.Paneer is a popular replacement of meat protein for lactovegetarians and the Tofu is for vegans.Flavor of tofu is slightly more intense than paneer and is considered healthier replacement for Paneer ,which is relatively higher in fat.How I wish paneer was sold in low fat variety to savor it more often.

Recipe
The bland flavors of tofu and paneer are kicked up a notch with the spicy spinach sauce in this classic Indian favorite.I humbly present the heavenly Palak Paneer\Tofu recipe,just as mom makes.

Ingredients
2 lb spinach
1/2 lb Extra Firm Tofu or Paneer,cut in bite-size cubes
1 medium onion,finely chopped
1 plum red tomato,finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon red chilly powder
2 green chillies,finely chopped(optional)
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder or use Garam Masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3-4 sprigs of cilantro\coriander ,chopped for garnish

Method
Blanch spinach in boiling water for couple of minutes,drain and puree in a blender.
Heat oil in a saucepan on medium flame. Add chopped onions saute for a minute until translucent before adding minced ginger and garlic. After few seconds add the turmeric , tomatoes and other spices.cook until tomatoes are tender then stir in the spinach puree. When the sauce start to bubble after 4-5 minutes , add the tofu or paneer pieces. simmer for another 8-10 minutes and serve warm with rice or bread.



Mom's favorite Palak Tofu or Paneer is my entry for the events
1.Ivy's Celebrating Mother's day at
2.Shama's Mom's Most favorite recipe.
3.Poornima's My favorite things :Cheese

Nutrition Analysis Paneer and tofu
Data gathered from the nutrition facts label on the commercial Paneer and tofu .

Paneer is higher in calcium and protein than tofu but comes with some bad dose of cholesterol and big fat calories.


Thank You!

Heart filled thanks for the kind birthday wishes and prayers for Nabeel.He sure was excited to read them all:)

(The flowers are Purple Lilacs ,wish you could smell the divine fragrance)

52 comments:

Asha said...

Happy Mother's day to you. Palak Tofu looks yum. Very healthy dish!:)

Ning said...

Happy Mother's Day, to you and to your mom! :)

Happy cook said...

Happy mothers day yasmeen, Love the colour of the dish as i am not a huge fan of palak paneer.

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice read dear...touching one..lovely yummy palak tofu

Gita's Kitchen said...

Happy Mother's Day Yasmeen, great dish dear. I too started replacing paneer with tofu these days. I am also still searching for low-fat paneer :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Happy mothers day Yasmeen... nice clicks amazing dishes and hearty and a healthy dish...

Parita said...

Happy mothers day to you dear...palak tofu looks very healthy...i havent tried using tofu may its time to start using for more healthier option :)

Renuka said...

Palak tofu looks delicious..and healthy..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Very touching post on mom....Very well composed....Coming to the recipe....wow Palak and Tofu.....nice combo...Looks yum....

Curry Leaf said...

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO YOU,YASMEEN.Love the post.the dish is very delicious.I love Palak pneer and sometimes use tofu as well.Delicous

Vishali said...

well said Yasmeen. nice curry very healthy. Wishing u and ur mother a very happy mother's day! Have a nice time.

Pooja said...

yummy curry yasmeen..sounds healthy..

Priya said...

Happy Mothers day yasmeen..Palak Tofu looks very terrific...Lovely post:)

Indhu said...

Happy Mother's day :)
and a terrific post as usual... love the palak tofu :)

My comfort food network said...

I just stumbled on your blog. I like your recipes and pictures. WIll be following your blog closely from on. Love Palak Paneer anytime.

Belated b'day wishes to Nabeel.

Ann said...

Happy Mothers day Yasmeen...Palak paneer look so rich and spicy ..nothing less with mom's love..right?
Btw,you made me crazy with the lilacs..hey,but i got the frangrance..Thanks.

Renu said...

I make lot of Indian curries with tofu but never made palak tofu....am sure it tastes yummm!!!

Ivy said...

What a lovely writeup and recipe for your mom Yasmeen. Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom.

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Archy said...

Tofu palak looks so gud.. Happy mothers day for both of u !!

Cham said...

Happy Mother's day to you and tasty dish to celebrate :)

Judy said...

Happy Mother'sDay to you and your Mom, Yasmeen. Thank you for explaining the difference between Paneer and Tofu.

Superchef said...

happy mother's day to you!! the palak tofu looks soo yumm!

Sharmila said...

Lovely dish Yasmeen! Happy Mother's day to you! :-)

Bharti said...

A classic! I wish paneer came in low fat as well. I sometimes make it at home using 2% milk but that's when I have time, which is pretty unusual these days.

Smitha said...

Same pinch Yasmeen for the recipe. Next time, I'm making palak tofu :)I think that a mother is the best gift anyone would have ever got. Just that most of the time people don't realise it.
Happy mom's day yasmeen.

Prathibha said...

Yummy dishes.....HAPPY MOTHERS DAY..

sowmya said...

looks yumm..nice post..

sangeeta said...

very thoughtful post........and happy mother's day to you and all your friends here.

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious Palak Tofu! Happy Mother's day!

Pooja said...

Happy mothers day to you! The palak looks awesome! Creamy n rich it is tempting!

Vegetation said...

Mmm Palak Paneer is my absolute favourite Indian dish! And as someone who can't eat the tofu option I too wish there were low fat paneer available so I could indulge in it more often!

Happy Mothers Day :)

Ammu said...

Happy mother's day to u. Palak tofu looks delicious.

Charlotte said...

I love your quote at the beginning.

Sid said...

Indian cottage cheese is one of fav. kinda cheese,I tasted this dish some time back at my friends.

Sam said...

lovely lilacs!

Malar Gandhi said...

Happy Mother's day Yasmeen, love the quote. It very true...wish I was with my mother today...

Palk tofu is my long time due...

As usual love ur pictures.

veggie belly said...

what a nice tribute to mom...happy mothers day to you!

Vicky Xavier. said...

Happy Mother's day dear. Lilacs looks so cute. Tofu in palak seems new n delicious.

Sweta said...

Happy Mother's day-have left an award for you on my blog :)

Lisa said...

Happy Mother's Day to you sweetie. I like the idea of Tofu! Love you.

Jude said...

This is so good with freshly made flatbreads. Happy Mother's Day!

Joie de vivre said...

Lilacs are my favorites!

To answer your question: Cream of Tartar isn't a "cream" it is some sort of stabilizer. You buy it in the spice section of grocery stores and it is a white powder. I know it helps stabilize egg whites when you are making meringues. I'm not sure what the function of it is in Snickerdoodles. Try them without it and let me know how they are!

Sanghi said...

Wow, very attractive picture and lovely dish!! Happy Mothers day yasmeen!!!:)

notyet100 said...

spinach with tofu sounds yum,..:-)as lwys,..lovely clicks,..

Lloyd said...

This looks really yummy. Can't wait to try. You can check some more delicious Palak Paneer Recipes here.

I, Quilley said...

Please do your research - tofu is made from soybeans and paneer made from curdled milk. These are two totally separate types of product. You are saying that these are the same thing. Also, the tastes are entirely different; tofu absorbs the flavors of foods, spices and herbs that it is cooked with. Paneer stands alone as a cheese product. Both have two totally different tastes and should not be compared as similar.

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Yasmeen said...

I,Quilley,
I always cook with paneer and Tofu.And I understand one is vegan and other is not,in other words one is dairy product and other is soy product.I was talking about IDENTICAL TEXTURE of EXTRA firm tofu and Paneer.A better and healthier replacement for paneer is Tofu.Do check the nutritional analysis chart.

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