Spinach Surprise

Techniclly the day is not over yet. I'm late in the marathon, posting for Day 6. But...
One recipe that I've wanted to do in a long-long time. At Last!!!

I do not clearly remember where I saw this. It definitely was on TV. Ever since, I'd buy large leaved spinach in the hope of making this dish; but I'd end up making Masiyal. Even now, the bunch was large enough; so I made masiyal one day and reserved the bigger leaves to make this surprise.
We had this for dinner and everyone enjoyed it. I heard Periappa telling my couisin that I'd made a signature dish.

LARGE Spinach Leaves - 16 - 20 numbers
Butter – 2 Tbsp
Breadcrumbs – 3 Tbsp
Cheese – 4 Tbsp, grated

Paneer – 200 grams, grated
Oil - 2 tsp
Onion - 1 small
Green Chilli - 2, minced
Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

White Sauce:
Butter – 2 tbsp
Plain Flour – 2 Tbsp
Milk – 2 cups
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat oil and saute onions and chilies until pink. Add chilli powder and salt. Saute for a minute and take off heat. Mix in grated paneer. Cool and use.

Melt butter over a medium flame. Add flour and stir-fry until bubbly.
Switch off gas and pour in the milk (all at once). Whisk and cook over a medium flame until it thickens.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Wash spinach well and keep aside.
Blanch and remove thick stem at the base.
Place filling and wrap tightly around to make small parcels.

Grease a baking tray lightly with butter. Place the parcels close to one another, preferably as a single layer.

Gently top it with a layer of white sauce.
Mix breadcrumbs and grated cheese together. Spread as a thin layer over the white sauce.

Dot with butter and bake in a hot oven until the cheese is grilled (10 to 15 minutes).
Serve hot with garlic bread.

Chill grated cheese for some time. This will help keep the strands separate and will make it easier to mix with breadcrumbs.


Harini said…
wow! this is new to me..good variation..
kitchen queen said…
droolworthy and yummilicious recipe.
Srivalli said…
Yeah you are still in day 6 alright!..:)..that dish is really so innovative..looks good..
savitha ramesh said…
yummy and very innovative spinach recipe...thanks for sharing
Smitha said…
that looks yummy and neat way of doing it!
Priya said…
This spinach surprise looks sooo yummy, delicious dish, cant wait to try soon..
rekhas kitchen said…
Lovely cpmbination of spinach and white sauce like the recipe.
rekhas kitchen said…
Lovely cpmbination of spinach and white sauce like the recipe.
Santosh Bangar said…
fantastic dish it sounds its taste is superb
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Santosh Bangar said…
hi this dish is realy looking superb healthy also
Gayathri Kumar said…
Looks so delicious.The mixture of cheese and bread crumbs on top is truly inviting..
Mina Joshi said…
This must taste so creamy
Torviewtoronto said…
yummy way to eat spinach
interesting..paneer is enough to make me drool..
PJ said…
Very innovative dish!
Sushma Mallya said…
very nice and new to me,looks so very tempting....and thanks a lot for the award minu...
Torviewtoronto said…
thank you for sending delicious

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