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No Saag, No Paneer

Adapted from Saag Paneer (but with feta) by Priya Krishna
Prep Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup ghee or extra-virgin olive oil plus an add'l 2 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 in piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 lb mixed "throw away" greens (carrot tops, radish greens or whatever you have on hand), roughly chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno or serrano chile
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. asafetida (optional) This is a pungent, onion-y Indian seasoning that I happen to love, but that most people in the U.S. aren't familiar with. Its name should clue you in to how some feel about it...
  • 1/4 tsp. red chile powder

Instructions
 

  • Heat ¼ cup ghee or oil in a large skillet. Cook coriander seeds and cardamom, stirring constantly, until starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Mix in garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add greens in batches, letting them wilt slightly before adding more. Cook until all of the greens are wilted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, add chile and lime juice; then season with salt. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
  • Transfer spinach mixture to a blender (reserve skillet) and blend until a coarse paste forms, about a minute or so. Return greens to pan over low heat. Stir in ½ cup water, and cook gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove pan from heat and scatter 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese on top.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 Tbsp. ghee or oil in a small saucepan over medium-high, 1 minute. Add cumin seeds. As soon as cumin seeds start to pop, sputter, and brown, remove from heat, 1 minute tops. Immediately add asafetida (if using), and chili powder. Pour this mixture over the greens. Serve with flatbread or rice.