Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli | Steamed Spinach & Cottage Cheese Cakes

Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli, yes you heard it right. Not Palak Paneer Sabji, but Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli . It’s when North meets south. Bhale bhale ji, oh na na….Vadakam :-). I had made this as a challenge for one of the groups last year when Palak Paneer has to be used but not the usual way. i.e. not with their usual pairing like Palak paneer sabji. But we need to create something different.

Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli | Steamed Spinach & Cottage Cheese Cakes

I was thinking as what I can create out of this two which is different, unusual and would be liked by kids. I had Idli batter at home and some palak. So I decided to add some chopped palak to the Idli batter. If you need more bright green colour, you can add the puree of palak. Next was to add the Paneer, I thought of sneaking it in between the Idli batter. So did you like the idea of stuffing paneer inside Idli batter?

Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli | Steamed Spinach & Cottage Cheese Cakes

Why specially for Kids?

Kid’s love suspense, they love food hidden inside a food. So when they take a bite they are amused to find another food. They love to play with such foods and have fun while eating. My kid’s love this. Forget them even I become a kid with such foods 😀 :D. That’s when I decided to share this as my third recipe for Kid’s theme as Travel food, for the event I am hosting jointly with Srivalli’s Kid’s Delight Event.

Though I wanted to share some cupcake or chocolate recipe as travel involves treats too. But I had to change my plans, and decided to go with this healthy and delicious Palak paneer Stuffed Idli. My earlier two post on this theme were Methi Puri (Poori) | Fresh Fenugreek leaves Bread and Aloo Toast Sandwich | Potato Toast Sandwich.

This Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli is loaded with proteins, Calcium and Iron. i.e. the goodness of Palak, Paneer, Rice & Lentils. It is gluten free too as the Idli Batter is made using Rice & Lentils and is gluten free. I even can say that it is a complete meal in itself and a great finger food for busy toddlers. You do not need any accompaniments with this, but if you want you can enjoy them with some chutney by the side.

Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli | Steamed Spinach & Cottage Cheese Cakes

I have just added some Jeera and a bit of salt in the paneer, but you can flavour it as per your liking or leave it as is. Since this is made of paneer which is a milk product, it is best to consume it on the same day. So best for day travel’s or day picnic’s.


Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Idli Batter
  • 1/4 Cup chopped Palak (one can puree too, I used chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled paneer
  • 1/2 teaspoon Jeera
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for greasing Idli mould

Preparation

  • Prepare the paneer mixture by adding paneer, Jeera, salt.
  • Finely chop the palak and add to Idli batter and mix.
  • Grease the Idli moulds with oil.
  • Fill each Idli mould to half.
  • Add about 1/4 tsp of paneer mixture in each of the mould in the center.
  • Top it up with more Idli batter.
  • Steam for 10 minutes.
  • Serve it as is or with chutney of your choice.

Notes

  • 1 Cup = 240 ml, 1 tablespoon = 15 ml,
  • 1 teaspoon = 5 ml
Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli | Steamed Spinach & Cottage Cheese Cakes



Few more Idli recipes on my blog


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Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli | Steamed Spinach & Cottage Cheese Cakes ~ Gluten Free
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Palak Paneer Stuffed Idli is healthy, gluten free meal loaded with the Proteins, Iron & Calcium. A healthy finger food, travel or delicious lunch box idea.

Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Cottage Cheese, Gluten Free, Palak, Paneer, Spinach, Stuffed
Servings: 2 people
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Idli Batter
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Palak/Spinach (one can puree too, I used chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon Crumbled Paneer
  • 1/2 teaspoon Jeera/Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for Greasing Idli Mould
Instructions
  1. Prepare the paneer mixture by adding paneer, Jeera, salt.

  2. Finely chop the palak and add to Idli batter and mix.

  3. Grease the Idli moulds with oil.

  4. Fill each Idli mould to half.

  5. Add about 1/4 tsp of paneer mixture in each of the mould in the center.

  6. Top it up with more Idli batter.

  7. Steam for 10 minutes.

  8. Serve it as is or with chutney of your choice.

Recipe Notes
  • 1 Cup = 240 ml
  • 1 tablespoon = 15 ml
  • 1 teaspoon = 5 ml


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