"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.
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.
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
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.
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)