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Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces paneer, (Indian cheese, either store-bought or made from my recipe, recipe follows), cut into 1-inch cubes, see Cook’s Note*
  • 1 (16-ounce package) frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (1-inch thumb) ginger, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large green serrano chile, finely chopped (seeds removed if you don’t like it spicy!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon store-bought or homemade garam masala, recipe follows
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, stirred until smooth
  • Cheesecloth
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed, see Cook’s Note*
  • 3 large cinnamon sticks (if you have the kind you get at Indian stores, it’s about 3 tablespoons of cinnamon bark bits)
  • 3 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup green cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 2 tablespoons of seeds)
  • 4 large black cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 1 tablespoon of seeds), optional

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