How To Make Spinach Puree and Blanched Spinach
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Spinach Puree also known as Palak puree is cooked spinach, that is grounded to a creamy paste consistency. It is used in many Indian gravy dishes like Palak Paneer and soups like Palak Shorba .
Many mothers feed Spinach Puree to their babies as it is rich in calcium and makes a nutritious meal.
Spinach Puree is made by blanching spinach and grounding it into a paste using a blender. Make sure you put the blanched spinach in ice cold water immediately to get a bright green Palak puree colour.
You need to use Palak puree immediately as if stored for more time may tend to lose its colour.
Enjoy how to make Spinach Puree and Blanched Spinach recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
- To make spinach puree, take a bunch of spinach and get cut of the the stems and discard them.
- Roughly chop the leaves and wash thoroughly under running water or in a bowl full of water.
- Drain well using a strainer.
- Boil vesselful of water and add salt to it.
- Add the chopped and washed spinach to boiling water and mix well.
- Let it cook for 2-3 mins and strain it with a strainer.
- Immediately put the blanched spinach in ice cold water, this helps in retaining the color of spinach.
- Drain well and squeeze it with your hands to get rid to excessive water.
- Transfer the leaves to a blender and blend until smooth.
- spinach puree is ready!!!
How To Make Spinach Puree and Blanched Spinach recipe with step by step photos
Home made Spinach Puree is used in making Soups, Salads, Indian raitas, Dips, Indian Gravies, Indian breads etc
Here are some recipe made with Spinach puree :
To make Spinach Puree, take a bunch of spinach, a bunch of spinach yeilds 3 cups of roughly chopped spinach and get rid of the the spinach stems. Choose spinach that has vibrant deep green leaves and stems with no signs of yellowing. The leaves should look fresh and tender, and not be wilted or bruised. Avoid those that have a slimy coating as this is an indication of decay.
After removing the stems, roughly chop the spinach leaves.
Wash the leaves thoroughly under running water or in a bowl full of water. This will help in getting rid of the dirt residues on the leaves.
Drain well using a strainer. Keep the washed leaves aside. You can even chop the spinach to make the cooking process fast.
Take a deep pan, add water to it and put it for boiling.
Add salt. My mother says that adding salt while boiling vegetable helps in cooking the vegetable faster as salt raises the temperature of the water and it also retains the color.
Once the water comes to boil, add the chopped and washed spinach leaves.
Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes. Till the spinach gets tender. Do not over cook the leaves as it might loose the color. Switch off the flame.
Drain the water using strainer. Throw the water away.
Plunge the leaves in a bowl of ice cold water. This step is known as refreshing, it is done to retain the colour of the vegetable and it also halts the process of cooking.
Once again drain well using a strainer.
Squeeze out remaining water wrom the leaves with your hands to get rid of excesse water and discard.
Transfer the leaves in a blender to make Spinach Puree Blend it until Spinach Puree is smooth.
It is easy to make Spinach puree. Homemade Spinach pure is ready to use, use it for making your favorite recipes like palak paneer.
Nutrient values per cup
|Vitamin A||26560.8 mcg|
|Vitamin B1||0.1 mg|
|Vitamin B2||1.2 mg|
|Vitamin B3||2.4 mg|
|Vitamin C||133.3 mg|
|Folic Acid||585.5 mcg|
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