Friday, March 23, 2012

Spiced Spinach on Rice With Goat Feta Option "Palek" (Gluten Free with Dairy Free Option)

This Indian inspired dish is usually made with paneer cheese, which is generally made with cows milk.  Since goats milk is much easier to digest, once and awhile we will add goat feta on top of this delicious and healthy dish.  Goats milk is still dairy so if you are highly sensitive do omit this feta option.  Regardless of the cheese, this is definitely a favourite dish for all of us.

Ingredients (serves 4 people)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 2 bunches/bags spinach
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk
  • 1 cup goat feta cheese, cut into cubes (optional if not able to tolerate goat milk)
  • 3-4 cups cooked brown or white rice

  1. In a large pot heat oil and cook onion for 3 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  2. Add tomato, spinach, turmeric, curry, cumin and coriander.  Cook for 3 minutes to bring out flavour of spices.
  3. Add milk and cook until spinach is soft and fully cooked.
  4. Using an immersion blender or by placing spinach mixture in a blender, purée until completely smooth.
  5. Serve on top of rice and add feta if desired.
It is hard to make this dish look great, but it really is delicious.

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