Spinach paneer with quinoa and naan
30 – 40 Minutes
This classic Indian comfort food is rich in protein; first it’s studded with paneer, an Indian cow’s milk cheese, that’s piled onto steamed quinoa stirred with chickpeas. For a creamy finish, Chef Justine dollops the paneer with Greek yogurt before serving.
- 1 cup rainbow quinoa
- 2 naan
- 7 ounces paneer
- Peeled fresh garlic
- Fresh ginger
- 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon Marash chile flakes (optional)
- ½ pound baby spinach
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas
- Fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons roasted almonds
- ¼ cup fried shallots (contain soy)
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
Cook the quinoa
- In a fine-mesh strainer, rinse the quinoa.
While the quinoa cooks, prepare the naan.
Toast the naan
While the naan toasts, make the spinach paneer.
Brown the paneer; cook the spinach
- Cut the paneer into ½-inch cubes.
- Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1 tablespoon.
- Grate or peel and finely chop the ginger.
- Juice the lemon; set aside half for the quinoa.
In the same pan, warm 2 to 3 teaspoons oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Stir in the garlic, ginger, and as much Marash chile as you like and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the spinach and half the lemon juice and cook until the spinach wilts, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, gently stir in the paneer, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Finish the quinoa
- Rinse the chickpeas.
- Strip the parsley leaves from the stems; coarsely tear the leaves.
- Coarsely chop the almonds; set aside for garnish.
- Rinse the quinoa and chickpeas.
- Juice the lemon.
- Strip the parsley leaves from the stems.
- Dress the quinoa.
- Serve the meal.
Calories: 710, Protein: 30 g, Fiber: 8 g, Total Fat: 34 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 12 g, Cholesterol: 55 mg, Sodium: 580 mg, Carbohydrates: 71 g, Added Sugar: 0 g. Contains: Milk, Tree Nuts, Wheat, Soy