Making the spinach puree:
Rinse the spinach and
Boil water in a pan with some salt.
Switch off the fire and add the spinach leaves in the hot water.
Close with a lid and let the spinach leaves sit in the water for 2-3 mins.
Drain and immediately add the leaves in a pan or bowl containing ice cold water.
Drain and then puree the spinach in a blender or hand blender with ginger, garlic and green chilies. make a smooth puree.
Making the palak curry:
heat oil or ghee in a pan
fry the cumin first. then add the bay leaves and onions.
fry till the onions become soft.
now add the garlic and tomatoes.fry till the tomatoes become soft.
add the turmeric powder, red chili powder stir and fry for some seconds.
add the spinach puree. Add some water if required.
simmer for 6-7 minutes or more till the spinach is cooked.
lastly add salt and garam masala.
stir and add the paneer and .add the milk and stir. Simmer for 30 seconds or a minute.at the end you can also add some crushed kasuri methi leaves.